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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

Carrot or Stick—A Multiple Case Study of Anti-Corruption and Incentive-based Programs and Lessons Learned

By Cesar Garcia – Executive Summary – The Homeland Security Act of 2002 provided the legislation to establish the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which married all federal agencies involved in such security under one umbrella.[1] Various legacy immigration and …

Carrot or Stick—A Multiple Case Study of Anti-Corruption and Incentive-based Programs and Lessons Learned

Normalizing Cybersecurity: Improving Cyber Incident Response with the Incident Command System

By Darin Hanson – Executive Summary – In February of 2018, the state of Colorado became the first state in the nation to issue an emergency declaration for a cyber attack after its Department of Transportation was struck with ransomware.[1]  …

Normalizing Cybersecurity: Improving Cyber Incident Response with the Incident Command System

Strategic Communications and the Department of Homeland Security: Immigration Policies, Mixed Messaging, and Information Fratricide

By Jonathan Graham – Executive Summary – Many Americans disapproved of the immigration enforcement policies of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) during the Trump administration. This thesis begins by asking what can be learned about DHS’s communications strategy during …

Strategic Communications and the Department of Homeland Security: Immigration Policies, Mixed Messaging, and Information Fratricide

The Crisis of Legitimacy after Police-Related Civilian Deaths: Applying the Cynefin Framework to Legitimacy-Developing Policies

By Stephen Espinoza – Executive Summary – Police-related civilian deaths, either by use of force or occurring during law enforcement custody, pose one of the central challenges to police legitimacy.[1] For example, protesters marched against police funding, sporadic episodes of …

The Crisis of Legitimacy after Police-Related Civilian Deaths: Applying the Cynefin Framework to Legitimacy-Developing Policies

Security Cooperation with Cuba: The Impact of Normalization on the Coast Guard’s Relationship with the Cuban Border Guard

By Derek Cromwell – Executive Summary – Despite the ups and downs in the political and diplomatic relationship, bilateral cooperation between the United States and Cuba still needs to continue, if only because the countries are so close geographically and …

Security Cooperation with Cuba: The Impact of Normalization on the Coast Guard’s Relationship with the Cuban Border Guard

Fire When Ready: A Needs-Based Analysis of Firearms in the U.S. Fire Sector

By Christopher Zam – Executive Summary – What are the most relevant factors to consider when establishing firearms policies within the U.S. fire sector? What are the implications for fire organizations opting to implement gun-carry models? Can a Policy Options …

Fire When Ready: A Needs-Based Analysis of Firearms in the U.S. Fire Sector

Stepping Out of the Shadows: Leveraging the Community to Stop the Sexual Exploitation of Minors

By Elisabeth Yerkes – Executive Summary – The online transmission of child pornography and other cyber sexual crimes has exploded in recent years, and law enforcement does not have the resources to stop it. The volume of child pornography reported …

Stepping Out of the Shadows: Leveraging the Community to Stop the Sexual Exploitation of Minors

The Case for Affirming Diversity: Reflective Recruitment That Represents the Community Served

By Joseph Pulvermacher – Executive Summary – Fitchburg Fire Department (FFD)’s membership today is not diverse. In other words, FFD remains whiter than the population it serves. The problem is that Fitchburg’s initiatives to find motivated, diverse firefighter candidates and …

The Case for Affirming Diversity: Reflective Recruitment That Represents the Community Served

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