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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

Combatting Erosion of Voter Confidence with Innovation of Election Administration

By Chad Houck – Executive Summary – The United States of America has enjoyed a largely peaceful history of transitions of power since the first presidential election in 1789.[1] This 230-year history is owed, in part, to the electorate’s acceptance …

Combatting Erosion of Voter Confidence with Innovation of Election Administration

Department of Homeland Security and USCG Financial Management System Modernization, Challenges and Opportunities

By Nguyentrinh Hoang – Executive Summary – Since the creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2002, its components’ financial systems have been operating under legacy policies and disparate business processes because of outdated technology. As a result, …

Department of Homeland Security and USCG Financial Management System Modernization, Challenges and Opportunities

Fighting Bears and Trolls: An Analysis of Social Media Companies and U.S. Government Efforts to Combat Russian Influence Campaigns during the 2020 U.S. Elections

By Elvis Chan – Executive Summary – This thesis uses a systematic framework to evaluate the qualitative effectiveness of the Russian disinformation campaigns and the countermeasures taken by the U.S. government and social media companies to combat the aforementioned campaigns …

Fighting Bears and Trolls: An Analysis of Social Media Companies and U.S. Government Efforts to Combat Russian Influence Campaigns during the 2020 U.S. Elections

Trusting Your Instruments: Leveraging Wearable Devices to Improve Pre-Operational Fatigue Assessment by U.S. Coast Guard Aircrews

By Matthew Austin – Executive Summary – This study sought to identify the legal and social considerations affecting the implementation of wearable technology to assess crew fatigue in the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), and specifically provide recommendations regarding how to …

Trusting Your Instruments: Leveraging Wearable Devices to Improve Pre-Operational Fatigue Assessment by U.S. Coast Guard Aircrews

Early Recruitment in the Inner City: A Possible Answer to the Fire Service’s Diversity Problem

By Rena Wheeler – Executive Summary – Fire departments across the United States struggle to find diverse, qualified applicants, and the Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) is no exception. The department’s previous recruitment efforts, specifically its outreach and recruitment program at …

Early Recruitment in the Inner City: A Possible Answer to the Fire Service’s Diversity Problem

A Surge on the Horizon: Improving U.S. Foresight Capacity to Anticipate Mass Migrations

By Katie Riesner – Executive Summary – Mass migrations arriving at the southwest border of the United States are increasingly overwhelming the U.S. government’s ability to respond. When these events overwhelm U.S. immigration authorities, they can exacerbate security vulnerabilities. For …

A Surge on the Horizon: Improving U.S. Foresight Capacity to Anticipate Mass Migrations

Protecting America’s High Ground: A Public–Private Response to Space Debris

By Christopher Repair – Executive Summary – Uncontrolled debris in orbit poses the greatest risk to U.S. satellites in orbit and the capabilities they provide. A sustained loss of services provided by satellite technology will have a significant negative impact …

Protecting America’s High Ground: A Public–Private Response to Space Debris

The United States Coast Guard and Spontaneous Volunteers: Collaboration or Chaos during Disaster Response

By Joshua Gilbert – Executive Summary – Spontaneous volunteers who conducted search and rescue (SAR) in the aftermath of major hurricanes, such as Katrina in 2005, Harvey and Irma in 2017, and Florence and Michael in 2018, are changing the …

The United States Coast Guard and Spontaneous Volunteers: Collaboration or Chaos during Disaster Response

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