Punching above Their Weight: The Homeland Security Contributions of the U.S. Pacific Territories

Colby Stanton EXECUTIVE SUMMARY It seems today that little attention is paid to the United States’ Pacific territories by those outside the Pacific. Indeed, while the U.S. Caribbean territory of Puerto Rico has received considerable media attention since Hurricane Maria struck, it seems that the United States’ Pacific territories—this thesis focuses on Guam, the Commonwealth

Homeland Security from a Tribal Context

Lisa Figueroa EXECUTIVE SUMMARY A gap exists between the federal government and the 567 tribal nations in the United States, which hampers tribal inclusion in homeland security efforts. American Indian and Alaskan Native lands comprise 100 million acres of territory within the United States, including 250 miles of borderlands—potentially a formidable rift in the nation’s

Shoot the Horse and Build a Better Barn Door: Exploring the Potential for a Superforecasting Methodology to Strengthen the DHS Leadership Selection Process

Ronald Dorman EXECUTIVE SUMMARY …Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost[1] One of the most enduring criticisms leveled at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) over the years has been the performance of its leaders. DHS has responded to those criticisms by initiating or expanding programs intended to improve leadership at all levels by focusing

Organizational Identity: Positioning the Coast Guard for Future Success in an Evolving Environment

Melanie Burnham EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Coast Guard is an organization entrusted with significant responsibilities that span multiple domains. It is charged with executing eleven statutory missions in the maritime environment: search and rescue; marine safety; ports, waterways, and coastal security; drug interdiction; migrant interdiction; defense readiness; ice operations; aids to navigation; marine environmental protection; living

What Can History Teach Us: A Comparative Historical Analysis on The Reserve Officer Training Corps and The Department of Homeland Security

Thomas Banker EXECUTIVE SUMMARY   The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is one of the largest governmental entities formed within the United States in nearly 100 years. This effort came on the heels of the September 11 attacks and ultimately brought 22 agencies under one, unified department. Like any new corporate or governmental formation, the

Team Communication: The Social Identity Approach to Collaboration

Michael Sedam EXECUTIVE SUMMARY   This research applies sociology to leadership in the homeland security profession. Communication and collaboration are significant considerations for leaders throughout the homeland security enterprise. Communication allows leaders to give clear direction, reduce confusion, and build a vision people can support. Collaboration is valuable because multiple stakeholders can resolve difficult homeland

Homeland Security: What Are The Advantages and Disadvantages of Different Local Homeland Security Organizational Structures?

William Mark Fitzpatrick EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This thesis examines three different types of homeland security organizational structures currently being used in the Metro Atlanta, GA area and shows the advantages and disadvantages of each structure. The first structure is the law enforcement homeland security entity. This structure is based within a police department with most personnel