Using Automatic Identification System Technology to Improve Maritime Border Security

Tedric R. Lindstrom EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Our coastal waters are the United States’ most open and vulnerable borders. This vast maritime domain harbors critical threats from terrorism, criminal activities, and natural disasters. The maritime border security mission is complex and challenging; the maritime domain is an expansive pathway to the world without fences that connects to

Closing the Cyber Gap: Integrating cross-government cyber capabilities to support the DHS cyber security mission

Edward W. Lowery Executive Summary Since the initial development of the Internet as an information-sharing platform, the cyber world has grown exponentially and become intertwined with almost every facet of our daily activities, commerce, and governmental operations. But, increasingly, the opportunities offered by the cyber world have resulted in rapidly increasing threats to our citizens,

Risk, Politics, and Money: Need for A Value-Based Model for Financing Public Health Preparedness

William F. Pilkington EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This research pointed to significant problems in the public health preparedness system for which there are no easy solutions. Budgets are extremely tight and staffs are strained. Most of the public health preparedness funding comes from one federal grant (PHEP) that has been declining every year for the last seven

Groupthink: A Significant Threat to the Homeland Security of the United States

James E. Ricciuti EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The groupthink psychological phenomenon widespread throughout the homeland security enterprise is a significant threat to the national security of the United States (U.S.). Nevertheless, the existence of groupthink and its influence on homeland security has not been thoroughly studied or evaluated. To counter the ever-evolving threats to the nation, the

Developing a New Context for Leadership Development in the Los Angeles Fire Department

Trevor M. Richmond EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Leadership development in the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), the fire service, and the broader homeland security enterprise is in need of comprehensive analysis. Homeland security leaders, when discussing the usefulness of the homeland security enterprise, are pointing to leadership as the single biggest determinant of success over the next

Meta-Leadership in Mega Disasters – A Case Study of Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour during Hurricane Katrina

Lee Wallace Smithson EXECUTIVE SUMMARY In April 2005, I returned from a year in Baghdad and was appointed the Director of Military Support for the Mississippi National Guard. I was responsible for the planning, coordinating and deploying of National Guard troops in support of a gubernatorial call-out in Mississippi. These call-outs include terrorist events, natural

The New Normal: Integrating Wireless Sensor Network Systems into Fire Service Tactical Operations

Antoine Kelly EXECUTIVE SUMMARY A fire officer’s ability to read smoke at the scene of a residential or commercial structure fire to determine the fire’s location contributes to the success or failure of the entire incident, possibly leading to injuries or deaths of the firefighters performing any interior operations. This thesis describes the difficulties that

Addressing FEMA’s Recruitment Challenges: Lessons from Teach For America

MikAEla Ellenwood EXECUTIVE SUMMARY When you have disciplined people, you do not need hierarchy. When you have disciplined thought, you do not need bureaucracy. When you have disciplined action, you do not need excessive controls. — Jim Collins[1] In 2016, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) stated its objective to “cultivate the next generation of

Theoretical Foundations of Community Disaster Resilience

Jill Barnes EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This thesis establishes a connection between community disaster resilience (CDR) and social identity theory (SIT) using a qualitative document analysis and posits that the connection can improve disaster outcomes. The association between the relatively new notion of disaster resilience and long-established theories in social psychology is not documented well in research,