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CHDS Theses: Executive Summaries

CHDS Master's students summarize their research and the impacts of that work on agency practices and the nation's security.

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CHDS Theses: Executive Summaries

The Effect of Mental Skills Training on Firefighter Performance Under Stress

By Oleg Pelekhaty – Executive Summary – Firefighting is a physically, mentally, and emotionally demanding profession. Firefighters make time-pressured, high-consequence decisions while performing physically challenging tasks, often under extreme environmental conditions. However, training efforts focus primarily on strategy, tactics, and […]

The Effect of Mental Skills Training on Firefighter Performance Under Stress

The Strategic Trooper: Enhancing Recruitment Through Trust, Transparency, and Transformation of Law Enforcement’s Image in the Digital Age

By Michael Stefanoff – Executive Summary – Law enforcement’s landscape and representation have evolved dramatically, driven by shifts in media depictions and public perception.[1] This evolution, fueled by the rise of digital media and platforms like television, movies, and the

The Strategic Trooper: Enhancing Recruitment Through Trust, Transparency, and Transformation of Law Enforcement’s Image in the Digital Age

Deconstructing Democracy: An Examination of Disinformation Campaigns and the Effects on American Democratic Institutions

By David Ritchie – Executive Summary – Since the 2016 U.S. presidential election, there has been a surge in foreign and domestic disinformation (DI) campaigns online.[1] Primarily, nations such as Russia and China have weaponized information to incite division within

Deconstructing Democracy: An Examination of Disinformation Campaigns and the Effects on American Democratic Institutions

Cultivating Decision Advantage: How CBP Can Integrate Intelligence to Improve Border Security

By John Siffermann – Executive Summary – Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seeks to integrate intelligence to capitalize on the information it collects and cultivate decision advantage within its frontline ranks. CBP places significant emphasis on strengthening its ability to

Cultivating Decision Advantage: How CBP Can Integrate Intelligence to Improve Border Security

Breaking the Democratic Fabric: Assessing the Impact of Gang Violence in El Salvador

By Anna Sofchek – Executive Summary – Violence and corruption have permeated El Salvador’s democratic history, and the recent deviation in the country’s political landscape has drawn increased attention from the international community.[1] Although onlookers see the drastic decline in gang

Breaking the Democratic Fabric: Assessing the Impact of Gang Violence in El Salvador

Working Towards a Common Goal: Building an Effective Homeland Security Response Through a Shared Resource Model

By James Zuggi – Executive Summary – This thesis focuses on effective and efficient law enforcement collaboration in areas where multiple agencies share policing authority and the responsibility to protect their communities from threats. A common method of law enforcement

Working Towards a Common Goal: Building an Effective Homeland Security Response Through a Shared Resource Model

Mandate: The Response of Public Safety Unions to COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates in a New Era of Polarization

By Michael Tracey – Executive Summary – A labor union is a group of workers formed to advocate for their interests within a particular sector or industry.[1] In the United States, unions began in the late 17th century as organizations

Mandate: The Response of Public Safety Unions to COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates in a New Era of Polarization

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