Missing the Mark: Is NIMS ICS Training Achieving Its Goal?

Eric Seibel EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Incident Command System (ICS) was designed in the 1970s to handle large-scale incidents, with its first incarnation developed to battle wildfires in California. The National Wildland Coordinating Group remains a staunch example of the system’s ability to effectively handle large-scale incidents. The Phoenix Fire Department saw the advantages of ICS

A DHS Skunkworks Project: Defining & Addressing Homeland Security Grand Challenges

  Calvin Bowman Executive Summary     This thesis analyzes the current and future capacity of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) to define and address homeland security grand challenges. The method of analysis is a structured focused comparison of three case studies: XPRIZE, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA),

A Visual Language for Situational Awareness

David DEmarco EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Can responders from various disciplines communicate situational awareness more effectively during homeland security incidents? Homeland security incidents vary widely in type and scale, from minor local events contained within one jurisdiction to major events that might span local, regional, and state boundaries. Responder’s decisions must be supported by the best possible

Protection, Profit, or Privacy: Exploring Strategic Solutions for Integrating Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and the Delicate Balance Between Commercial Opportunity and Public Safety .

Brian Lee EXECUTIVE SUMMARY INTRODUCTION The age of innovation and technology is upon us and continues to shape our world as we know it in awe inspiring ways. As new technologies are discovered and developed, society demands that creative and innovative methods be identified to facilitate the integration of this newfound technology into our daily

Recycled Bricks: Exploring opportunities to reintegrate returning American foreign fighters using existing models.

Edward Scott EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The number of foreign fighters who have traveled to Syria and Iraq between 2011 and 2015—including those from the United States (U.S.)—to join Islamic State (I.S.) and other Islamic foreign fighter groups is unprecedented. The issue for the United States is that since foreign fighter membership peaked in early 2015, it

Improving Resource Allocation Decisions to Reduce the Risk of Terrorist Attacks on Passenger Rail Systems

Lawrence King EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The United States transportation network is a vast enterprise consisting of highway, air, maritime, and rail sectors. The rail sector divides into freight and passenger systems. Each one has operational characteristics, structural features, and security vulnerabilities that differentiate it from the others. Passenger rail is experiencing a revival. In 2013, there

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

Implementing Compstat Principles Into Critical Infrastructure Protection and Improvement

Mark Molinari EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Critical infrastructure (CI) comprises the assets and networks that assist in energy, health, defense, transportation, and other areas to promote an interconnected network of utilities and services. These assets must be monitored and improved in a prioritized manner to ensure proper working order and appropriate use of tax revenue designated to