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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

Entropy and Self Organization: An Open System Approach to the Origins of Homeland Security Threats

By Thomas Kirwan Dobson – Executive Summary – Homeland security is a relatively new concept.1 There is currently not a single definition of homeland security agreed upon by academics and practitioners at the federal, state, and local levels.2 However, homeland …

Entropy and Self Organization: An Open System Approach to the Origins of Homeland Security Threats

Policy Options Analysis and the National Fire Operations Reporting System

By Michael A. McAdams – Executive Summary – Results This thesis reviews the national fire service regulation, standards, and practices that define the fire data incident collection processes. Reviewing the documents grounds the criteria that define the availability of fire …

Policy Options Analysis and the National Fire Operations Reporting System

Recommendation for a National Standard for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care and Israeli Hospital Trauma Protocols for the United States

By Robert L. Kierstead – Executive Summary – Active shootings and terrorist attacks have increased at an alarming rate in recent years in the United States. According to research conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Texas State …

Recommendation for a National Standard for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care and Israeli Hospital Trauma Protocols for the United States

Unauthorized Disclosure: Can Behavioral Indicators Help Predict Who Will Commit Unauthorized Disclosure of Classified National Security Information

By Karen Elizabeth Sims – Executive Summary – Federal government security-cleared personnel have been disclosing federal government classified national security information, whether to a foreign government or the United States media, at an increasing rate since the 1980s. Can common …

Unauthorized Disclosure: Can Behavioral Indicators Help Predict Who Will Commit Unauthorized Disclosure of Classified National Security Information

Preempting Mass Murder: Improving Law Enforcement Risk Assessments of Persons with Mental Illness

By John D. Milby – Executive Summary – Law enforcement officers are regularly called upon to respond to assist mentally ill persons in crisis; some experts estimate that as many as 20 percent of all law enforcement calls for service …

Preempting Mass Murder: Improving Law Enforcement Risk Assessments of Persons with Mental Illness

Reducing Homeland Insecurities: Ending Abuse of the Asylum and Credible Fear Program

By Anja Freudenthal – Executive Summary – During the summer of 2012, a major shift began in the number of undocumented individuals crossing from the Mexican border into the United States. While the number of individuals apprehended by U.S. Customs …

Reducing Homeland Insecurities: Ending Abuse of the Asylum and Credible Fear Program

Airmanship on the Ground: How the Aviation Industry Can Fundamentally Change The Way First Responders Manage Complex Emergencies

By Ryan Fields-Spack – Executive Summary – Problem Statement/Topic In general, police and fire departments face three types of emergencies today. Two types encompass the normal “everyday” emergency. These are emergencies where either police are in charge or those where …

Airmanship on the Ground: How the Aviation Industry Can Fundamentally Change The Way First Responders Manage Complex Emergencies

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