Rudy Darken reflects on the impact of Tom Richardson’s CHDS thesis, “First Responder: Weapons of Mass Destruction Training Using Massively Multiplayer On-Line Gaming.”

By Rudy Darken In July of 2002, the U.S. Army released version 1.0 of America’s Army, a free, downloadable first-person shooter video game intended to be used as a recruitment tool. The game was initially developed by the MOVES Institute at the Naval Postgraduate School, and it featured a commercial-grade game engine and professional art

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

I’ve Got My AI on You: Artificial Intelligence in the Law Enforcement Domain

Eric Baker EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Law enforcement is facing a common problem found in the twenty first century: an expansive growth of data and limited personnel to extract useful trends and analyses from it.[1] The development of artificial intelligence (AI) systems, such as facial recognition and machine learning, present useful tools to address this issue. However,

Filtering A New Solution to Federal Emergency Management Through Nanotechnology

Patrick Liston EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Every year the federal government must coordinate hurricane recovery and relief efforts, such as providing shelter, food, and water, to address basic human needs following a natural disaster. An essential resource for human survival is water, and when a hurricane strikes, basic utilities may be destroyed, leaving individuals without water for

Autonomous Police Vehicles: The Impact on Law Enforcement

Andrew Gregg EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Technology, like art, is a soaring exercise of the human imagination. —Daniel Bell In the past several years, the autonomous vehicle has evolved from a possibility to an inevitability. AV technology will undoubtedly impact public safety services, including law enforcement agencies. Law enforcement can embrace AV technology with the advent of

Everyone is Doing It: The Effectiveness of Body-worn Cameras Beyond Randomized Controlled Trials

Robert Lawler EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Over the last decade, police departments across the United States have come under escalating pressure from the public, the media, civil rights organizations, and politicians to increase the accountability of their officers and departmental transparency, particularly regarding the use of force. In response to this pressure, many of the nation’s law

DHS Acquisition Workforce: The Threat’s Not Leaving, Why Are You?

Wayne Dumais EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) faces a plethora of emerging threats from bad actors who wish to disrupt our American way of life. Frontline DHS operators depend on technology and information systems to accomplish their mission. Technologies must continually evolve to counter the emerging threats, which creates capability gaps. The

Facing Reality: Benefits and Challenges of Facial Recognition Technology for the NYPD

Anthony Carter EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Facial recognition technology (FRT) is a biometric technology that—if the New York City Police Department (NYPD) implements it in the New York City subway system—could have significant benefits of preventing violent crime, deterring terrorism, helping investigate past crimes, locating missing persons, providing assistance to individuals with special needs, and integrating with

Innovation Increase: How Technology Can Create Open, Decentralized, and Trackable Data Sharing

Erica Hupka EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Research universities need to share information, whether through teaching or disseminating key innovations to society. However, universities should not share all research with everyone.[1] If universities fail to protect sensitive data, it could harm citizens personally, financially, or potentially fatally if acquired by malicious actors. The greater the number of researchers

A Comparative Analysis of International Encryption Policies en Route to a Domestic Solution

James Donahue EXECUTIVE SUMMARY According to the Pew Research Center, more than 95% of adults in the United States have a cell phone.[1] Digital technology has permeated almost every facet of daily life, and electronic devices are driving this trend.[2] As biometric identification increases and payment systems like Apple Pay proliferate, it is reasonable to