Fast Knowledge: Innovating in Homeland Security by Learning in Near Real-Time for High-Threat Events

Michael Marino EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Knowledge is a limited currency that requires cultivation for the advancement of any organization.[1] However, homeland security as an enterprise is slow to learn, no matter the kind of learning: lessons-learned documents and after-action reports are inadequate for the homeland security enterprise to efficiently learn from high-threat events, especially in a

How Can Architecture Make Communities and Urban Environments More Resilient to Disease?

Jeffrey Garofalo EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Today, a gathering storm of forces are building that will increase the frequency and intensity of infectious disease outbreaks. According to disease ecologist Peter Daszak, “Pandemics are like terrorist attacks: we know roughly where they originate and what’s responsible for them, but we don’t know exactly when the next one will

The Key to Lawful Access: An Analysis of the Alternatives Offered in the Encryption Debate

William Mack EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This thesis examines the encryption debate in which law enforcement and the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) face a lawful access challenge, smartphones and messaging applications inaccessible because of encryption, even when court-issued search warrants and wiretap orders have been approved by a judge.[1] Computer scientists, cryptographers, technology companies, and privacy advocates

Beyond The First 48: Incorporating Nontraditional Stakeholders into Incident Response

Emily McLaughlin EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Cyber-attacks will create grave homeland security consequences in the coming years: power outages that last for weeks, drinking water supplies tainted with bacteria, and other destructive outcomes that are likely to result in the loss of human life and the destruction of property. At the local government level, a wide variety

Defending American Democracy in the Post-Truth Age: A Roadmap to a Whole-of-Society Approach

Katelyn Mason EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The use of deception and propaganda is weaved throughout human history and war, yet in recent years, these manipulative actions have become a renewed concern for national security efforts around the world.[1] Falsehoods that travel through cyber-based platforms can exponentially reach more people in less time and can manifest into dangerous

Trolls or Threats? Challenges of Alt-Right Extremism to Local Law Enforcement

Jonathan Bobin EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The term alt-right signifies a myriad of ideas and actions, from baffling online discourse to white supremacist violence. The alt-right is unlike political movements of the past, as it lacks any identifiable formal structure, leadership, or goals.[1] Individuals who self-identify as alt-right—or who are linked through the movement based on public participation

Gods versus Titans: Ideological Indicators of Identitarian Violence

Christopher Adamczyk EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Identitarianism is a complex anti-liberal ideology based on the desire to preserve traditions, culture, and ethnicity against the perceived tide of ethnic replacement, globalism, and liberalism.[1] While certain identitarian leaders have moved away from violence, adherents like Dylann Roof and Patrick Crusius have committed atrocities in its name.[2] Law enforcement’s focus


Book Review: A Woman’s Place: U.S. Counterterrorism Since 9/11 by Joana Cook

Reviewed by Beth Windisch Suggested Citation Windisch, Beth. Review of A Woman’s Place: U.S. Counterterrorism Since 9/11, by Joana Cook. Homeland Security Affairs 16, Article 4. In her foundational work in feminist international relations theory, Cynthia Enloe asked “Where are the Women?” 1 Joana Cook answers with her new book, A Women’s Place: U.S.