The Challenges Associated with Providing Efficient and Effective Fire Service to Large Arab-American Populations and the Resources Required to Meet Them

Joseph Murray EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This study examined the perceptions of firefighters employed by the City of Dearborn Fire Department regarding the challenges associated with providing service to a large Arab-American population. As a predominantly White, male, Euro-ethnic, and Christian fire department, it was expected that challenges existed in part due to the differences in culture

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Learning From H.I.M. (Harvey, Irma, Maria): Preliminary Impressions for Supply Chain Resilience

By Phillip J. Palin [The observations and analysis offered reflect the author’s best judgment as of late 2017. The essay is intended to encourage more detailed research and deeper consideration.] Abstract The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season challenged critical infrastructure and key resources across a wide area. Harvey, Irma, and Maria each exposed different aspects of

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Operator Driven Policy: Deriving Action From Data Using The Quadrant Enabled Delphi (QED) Method

By Lilian Alessa, Sean Moon, David Griffith & Andrew Kliskey   Abstract To close the gap in operator-driven policy for the homeland security enterprise, we argue for a bottom-up policy process that acknowledges operator knowledge and opinions. We propose a practical approach to enable policy-makers to incorporate operator knowledge and experience, or operator driven policy

(Un)convinced to Kill

Morgan Minor EXECUTIVE SUMMARY As  the territorial significance once held by the Islamic State continues to deteriorate, Western nations are grappling with how to handle returning foreign fighters. Processing, categorization, and management of returning foreign fighters must be done in a way that reduces the risk of increased radicalization, both within the justice system and

The Effects of Hypervigilance on Decision-Making during Critical Incidents

Paul Junger EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Every year police are involved in deadly force encounters that mortally wound citizens. Several high-profile incidents, like the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the fatal chokehold of Eric Garner by a New York City police officer, and the fatal shooting of James Boyd killed by an Albuquerque, New

It Takes a Village: Integrating Firehouse Hubs to Encourage Cooperation among Police, Fire, and the Public

Greta Hurt EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Tension and hostility between police officers and society seem to be on the rise, and officers and firefighters alike face violence and other threats on a daily basis. While these agencies strive to protect and serve, they often overlook how they might protect and serve one another. They also may fail

A Systematic Approach to Law Enforcement Safety

Joseph Finch EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The concept of safety in law enforcement is subject to political pressure, poor information, and media and special interest influence. As the work for this thesis began, law enforcement suffered the aftermath of incidents in Ferguson, Missouri; Baltimore; and New York City. Public cries of police militarization exerted pressure on elected

A Model of Creating Inpatient Hospital Surge Capacity through Early Discharge

William Dunne EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Disasters and catastrophic mass casualty incidents continue to occur in the United States and around the globe. These events challenge their communities to preserve life and often require responders to go to extraordinary measure and utilize austere conditions to fight injury, illness, and disease. These communities are often stressed to prioritize

The Oregon Trail: An Exploratory Case Study for Higher Education Emergency Management Programs

Kelly Dunn EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Institutions of higher education (IHEs) are key members of their communities and are considered partners in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s “whole community” concept.[1] In times of disaster, IHEs often provide shelter, assistance, and resources to their communities. Because disasters begin and end locally, campuses must be prepared and resilient in

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