Glen Woodbury reflects on the impact of John Flynn’s CHDS thesis “Mindfulness Training: Worthwhile As A Means to Enhance First-Responder Crisis Decision Making?”

By Glen Woodbury There continues to be a critical skill that we are failing to learn, failing to teach, homeland security leaders. We often hear that the increasingly complex global, strategic, and operational environments demand “thinking differently” as if the mandate itself will produce the solution. In his CHDS thesis, “Mindfulness Training: Worthwhile As A

Richard Bergin reflects on the impact of John Steward’s CHDS thesis, “Applying Technology Acceptance Research to Information Systems Implementation in Fire Service.”

By Richard Bergin John Steward’s thesis, “Applying Technology Acceptance Research to Information Systems Implementation in Fire Service” nicely illustrates how existing theoretical models and a thread of research can be extended and applied to better explain and predict phenomena in Homeland Security as a field of study. In most cases, a theoretical model is rarely

Steve Recca reflects on the impact of Chris Bellavita’s 2008 HSAJ article, “Changing Homeland Security: What is Homeland Security.”

By Steve Recca Thinking about how we choose a Homeland Security Affairs article that made an important contribution to the field of homeland security, perhaps we might ask ourselves what constitutes importance. Certainly, by the nature and mission of the journal, authors have pushed the boundaries of knowledge; potholes in our understanding of homeland security

Stanley Supinski reflects on the impact of Chris Bellavita’s 2008 HSAJ article, “Changing Homeland Security – What is Homeland Security?” on the development of Homeland Security as a field.

By Stanley Supinski It wasn’t until after Sept.11, 2001 that the term homeland security came to the forefront of American consciousness. Because of the attacks, we understandably linked the term to terrorism, particularly terror perpetrated by foreign actors, and to the newly established Department of Homeland Security  (DHS) that was formed in the aftermath. A

Rodrigo Nieto-Gòmez reflects on the impact of Marissa Madragal’s CHDS thesis, “Obsessive – Compulsive Homeland Security: Insights from the Neurobiological Security Motivation System.”

By Rodrigo Nieto-Gòmez During an interview with al-Jazeera in 2004, Osama bin Laden repeated something that he had spoken about before, with regards to his theory of the case behind the actions and operations of al-Qaeda: “We are continuing this policy in bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy. Allah willing, and nothing is too

Erik Dahl reflects on the impact of Roy Brush’s CHDS thesis, “Silent Warning: Understanding the National Terrorism Advisory System.”

By Erik Dahl I have chosen to discuss the impact of Roy Brush’s CHDS thesis on the field.     I was Roy’s advisor, and Carolyn Halladay was second reader.  He was in cohort 1303/4, and graduated in December 2014. Roy’s thesis was an outstanding example of how CHDS students are often able to use

David Brannan reflects on the impact of CHDS theses by Candice Wright, Richard Fleece, David Heller, Gary Settle, Devon Bell, and Michelle Mallek

By David Brannan I’m passionate about practitioners merging street savvy with methodologically sound and analytically honest functional knowledge. I was working at the DC office of RAND on 9-11 and thought then, as I do now, that we must put practical action with academically- grounded insights, for greatest effect. Here are just a few of

How Violent Attacks Are Changing The Demands of Mass Casualty Incidents: A Review of The Challenges Associated with Intentional Mass Casualty Incidents

By Luke Hodgson Abstract Antagonistically induced mass casualty incidents (MCI) introduce unique conditions that are rarely addressed in current MCI policies. Many of today’s MCIs are intentional acts of violence, such as mass shootings, improvised explosions, mass stabbings, vehicle rammings, and other similar assault tactics. Not only have the methods changed, so too have the

Senior Military Leadership in Domestic Operations: An Exploratory Study

By William A. Denny Abstract While the vast majority of training, education, and leader development experiences for military officers are related to operations overseas, civil support operations are conducted in a radically different environment. This article reports on an exploratory study on how senior military leaders perceive leadership during a crisis-disaster response in the U.S.

Risk Reduction and Deterrence: Two Sides of the Same Coin?

By Eric Taquechel Abstract Government documents and academic articles focus on risk reduction and deterrence, sometimes simultaneously. With limited resources, how should CIKR stakeholders invest? If the objective is to deter, that may have certain implications for investment. If the objective is to reduce risk, that may have different implications. However, what if the objective