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January 8, 2013

Some recent homeland security theses

Filed under: Education — by Christopher Bellavita on January 8, 2013

On December 14th, the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security graduated its 41st and 42nd master’s degree class.

The titles of their theses, below, suggest the ideas explored by the graduates.

Most of the theses — adding to the storehouse of what we know, do not know, and might know about homeland security — will be available through the NPS Dudley Knox library in 4 to 6 weeks.

(If you know of any other recent master’s or doctoral theses related to homeland security policy and strategy, please let us know – – along with enough information to find the documents.)


• Analysis of Terrorist Funding and Strategic Capability.

• Assessing Fire Service Use of Automatic Aid as a Response Model.

• Aviation Security: Biometric Technology and Risk-based Security Aviation Passenger Screening.

• Border Law Enforcement – From a Dystopian Lens.

• Collaborative Radiological Response Planning.

• Combating Terrorism Within Local Policing Through Crime Reduction: Using Real Time Situational Awareness with a Distributed Common Operating Picture to Combat All Crime and Terrorism.

• Common Ground: Partnerships for Public Health and Medical System Resilience.

• Creating Defensible Cyberspace: The Value of Applying Place-Based Crime Prevention Strategy to Social Media.

• Domestic Intelligence: When Is It Acceptable?

• Enhancing Decision Making During Initial Operations at Surge Events.

• Enhancing Situational Awareness When Addressing Critical Incidents at Schools.

• Enhancing U.S. Coast Guard Field Intelligence Collection and Process Efforts with a Systems Thinking Leadership Strategy.

• How Do We Hedge the Homeland Security Risk? Let’s Talk Return on Investment.

• Improving TSA’s Public Image: Customer Focused Initiatives to Improve Public Trust and Confidence.

• Improvised Explosives and Related Chemical Precursors: Strategies to Identify the Threat and Protect Our First Responders.

La Guerra: The Contest to Define Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations in the Homeland Security Problem Space.

• New Technologies and Emerging Threats: Personal Security Adjudicative Guidelines in the Age of Social Networking.

• Preparing Minority Populations for Emergencies: Connecting to Build a More Resilient Community.

• Purposefully Manufactured Vulnerabilities in U.S. Government Technology Microchips: Risks and Homeland Security Implications.

• Putting the Critical Back in Critical Infrastructure.

• Rethinking Disasters: Finding Efficiencies Through Collaboration.

• Revisiting the Swine Flu Affair: Recognizing a Non-linear Homeland Security Environment for Improved Decision Making.

• Southwest Hispanic Community – The Absence of Homeland Security Threats.

• Suicide Terrorism in America? The Complex Social Conditions of this Phenomenon and the Implications for Homeland Security.

• The Emerging Domestic Threat: What the Law Enforcement Community Must Know and Prepare for In Regard to the Sovereign Citizen Movement.

• The FBI Counter Terrorism Division Global Initiative: Enhancing the Legal Attaché Program.

• The Homeland Security Ecosystem: An Analysis of Hierarchical and Ecosystem Models and Their Influence on Decision Makers.

• The North American Proliferation of Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations: Homeland Security Implications of the Hybrid Threat.

• Voice of America 2.0: A Study of the Integrated Strategic Counterterrorism Communications Strategy and its Application to the United States Counterterrorism Strategic Plan.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

January 8, 2013 @ 8:30 am

WOW! 42 classes! That must be more grads in Homeland Security than the entirety of the domestic college and university production of Masters in HS in the same time frame!

Must be the EXANDING TORRENT theory of offense first propounded by Sir Liddell Hart in Britain in the 30’s!
Congrats to the Grads for their efforts!

Comment by William R. Cumming

January 9, 2013 @ 2:41 am

Who or what organization pays for these students to attend the Masters Program?

Comment by Quin

January 9, 2013 @ 8:55 am


See 6 USC 415 –>

§ 415. Homeland Security Education Program
(a) Establishment
The Secretary, acting through the Administrator, shall establish a graduate-level Homeland Security
Education Program in the National Capital Region to provide educational opportunities to senior
Federal officials and selected State and local officials with homeland security and emergency
management responsibilities. The Administrator shall appoint an individual to administer the activities
under this section….


Comment by William R. Cumming

January 9, 2013 @ 9:17 am

Quin! So DHS funds all these students for travel to and from and residential costs or are they all distance learners?

Comment by William R. Cumming

January 9, 2013 @ 9:21 am

So the Naval PostGraduate program is housed in the NCR? I thought that section funded the Shepardstown operation?

Comment by William R. Cumming

January 9, 2013 @ 9:33 am

Is my count of 10 residential learning campuses funded by DHS accurate?

Comment by Claire B. Rubin

January 9, 2013 @ 2:04 pm

One more interesting thesis outcome – vizualization of EM publications. See RecoveryDiva.com on 1/9/13

Comment by Israel

April 4, 2013 @ 10:46 am


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