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Thornburg, Kristopher. Disruptive Emergent Systems in Disaster Response [completed – pending]. Cohort 1705/1706.

Dorman, Ronald. Shoot the Horse and Build a Better Barn Door: Exploring the Potential for a Superforecasting Methodology to Strengthen the DHS Leadership Selection Process. Cohort 1703/1704.

Hurt, Greta. It Takes a Village: Integrating Firehouse Hubs to Encourage Cooperation among Police, Fire, and the Public. Cohort 1701/1702.

Korta, Samantha. Fake News, Conspiracy Theories, and Lies: An Information Laundering Model for Homeland Security. Cohort 1605/1606.

Bress, Jessica. A New High: A Future Oriented Study of American Drug Policy. Cohort 1601/1602.

Schwartz, Craig. Big Brother or Trusted Allies? How the Police Can Earn Community Support for Using Unmanned Aircraft. Cohort 1603/1604.

Nguyen, Hoaithi . Lawful Hacking: Toward a Middle Ground Solution to the Going Dark Problem. Cohort 1505/1506.

Sexton, Marcus. Forecasting Our Adversaries’ Next Move: Trend Analysis and the Department of Homeland Security‚Äôs Role in the Development of Counter-Proliferation Intelligence. [completed – restricted]. Cohort 1503/1504.

Tonelli, Michelle. Your Criminal FICO Score. Cohort 1501/1502.

Ventura, Catherine. Flight Plight: An Examination of Contemporary Humanitarian Immigration from Honduras, Cuba and Syria to the United States with Considerations for National Security. Cohort 1405/1406.

Saylors, Eric. Quantifying The Negative. Cohort 1403/1404.

Bensman, Todd. The Ultra-Marathoners of Human Smuggling, Defending Forward Against the Dark Networks that can transport terrorists to U.S. land borders. Cohort 1401/1402.

Milby, John. Preempting Mass Murder: Improving Law Enforcement Risk Assessments of Persons with Mental Illness. Cohort 1305/1306.

Ricciuti, James. Groupthink: A Significant Threat to the Homeland Security of the United States. Cohort 1303/1304.

Kirschbraun, Jessica. Farewell to Arms: A Plan for Evaluating the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force and Its Alternatives. Cohort 1301/1302.

Moore, Jeanie. DaVinci’s Children Take Flight: Unmanned Aerial Systems in the Homeland. Cohort 1205/1206.

Sun (Solymossy), Diana. High-Tech, Low-Tech, No-Tech: Communications Strategies During Blackouts. Cohort 1203/1204.

Cain, Dan. Situational Awareness using Crowdsourced #Disaster Epidemiology: Three Cases of Twituational Awareness. Cohort 1201/1202.

Falkow, Michael. Does homeland security constitute an emerging academic discipline?. Cohort 1105/1106.

Fleece, Richard. Suicide Terrorism in America?: The Complex Social Conditions of this Phenomenon and the Implications for U.S. Homeland Security. Cohort 1103/1104.

Zambri, John. Social Media, Social Networking, Facial Recognition Technology and the Future of Law Enforcement Undercover Operations [completed – restricted]. Cohort 1101/1102.

Eby, Chas. The Nation that Cried Lone Wolf: A Data-driven Analysis of Individual Terrorists in the United States since 9/11. Cohort 1005/1006.

Fletcher, Kenneth. Aviation Security: A Case for Risk-Based Passenger Screening. Cohort 1003/1004.

Biasotti, Mike. Management of the Severely Mentally Ill and Its Effects on Homeland Security. Cohort 1001/1002.

Brown, Michael. Freed: Ripples of the Convicted and Released Terrorist in America. Cohort 0905/0906.

Deardorff, Brad. Countering Violent Extremism: The Challenge and the Opportunity. Cohort 0903/0904.

Renaud, Cynthia. Making Sense in the Edge of Chaos: A Framework for Effective Initial Response Efforts to Large-Scale Incidents. Cohort 0901/0902.

Campasano, Nicholas. Community Preparedness: Creating a Model for Change. Cohort 0805/0806.

Rempfer, Thomas. Anthrax Vaccine as a Component of the Strategic National Stockpile: A Dilemma for Homeland Security. Cohort 0803/0804.

Catrantzos, Nick. No Dark Corners: Defending Against Insider Threats to Critical Infrastructure. Cohort 0801/0802.

Haverkos, Pam. Measuring Preparedness: Assessing the Impact of the Homeland Security Grant Program. Cohort 0705/0706.

Blum, Stephanie. Preventive Detention in the War on Terror: A Plan for a More Moderate and Sustainable Solution. Cohort 0703/0704.

Crosbie, William. Public-Private Sector Passenger Rail Intelligence and Terrorism Information Sharing. Cohort 0701/0702.

Boyd, Judith. Introducing the Future Now: Using Memetics and Popular Culture to Identify the Post 9/11 Homeland Security Zeitgeist. Cohort 0603/0604.

Joyce, Nola. Can You Lead Me Now? Leading in the Complex World of Homeland Security. Cohort 0601/0602.

Leavell, Ron. Evolution of Regional Counterterrorism Centers Within a National Counterterrorism Network: Is It Time to Fuse More Than Information?. Cohort 0503/0504.

Tindall, James. Applying Network Theory to Develop a Dedicated National Intelligence Network. Cohort 0501/0502.

Sudnik, John. “Dirty bomb” Attack; Assessing New York City’s Level of Preparedness From a First Responder's Perspective. Cohort 0403/0404.

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