Outstanding Thesis Award Winner: Forming the More Perfect Union

In his thesis, “Forming the More Perfect Union,” Craig T. Solgat examines the crucial role of trust and communication in emergency management, with a specific focus on the Homeland Security Enterprise. Looking at the shortcomings of the Incident Command System during major incidents, the thesis delves into trust as a layered influence on interaction at all levels and highlights how shared social identities can enhance unity and cooperation during crises. It offers a comparative analysis with countries like Sweden and Israel, where conscription has fostered a unified approach to emergencies. The thesis advocates for a U.S. civil service conscription program to strengthen interagency collaboration and improve disaster response effectiveness.

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