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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

Prison Radicalization in County Jails: Disrupting Terrorist Acts Through Information Sharing

By Douglas R. Lee – Executive Summary – Radicalization, the process by which Westerners embrace the teachings of the radical Islam, is of great concern to United States (U.S.) officials. The motivations for radicalization vary, but experts agree that prison …

Prison Radicalization in County Jails: Disrupting Terrorist Acts Through Information Sharing

Using Automatic Identification System Technology to Improve Maritime Border Security

By 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 …

Using Automatic Identification System Technology to Improve Maritime Border Security

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

By 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. …

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

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

By 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 …

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

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

By James 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 …

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

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

By 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 …

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

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

By 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 …

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

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