CHDS Master’s Theses: June 2016 Graduation

The Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School graduates students with a Masters degree in Security Studies every March, September and December (with occasional June graduates).  Find all 750+ theses searchable at the Homeland Security Digital Library or browse the June 2016 theses below.


  • Facilitating the Medical Response into an Active Shooter Hot Zone
    From the thesis abstract: “The response to active shooter attacks is not as effective as it could be. People die before receiving care because most jurisdictions have a policy in place that stipulates emergency medical service… more
    Tierney, Martin T.
  • Getting the Message Across: An Analysis of Foodborne Outbreak Communications Between Federal, State, and Local Health Agencies
    From the thesis abstract: “To assure coordination of emergency response across multiple areas of responsibility, clear methods of communication between public health agencies need to be defined before responding to foodborne o… more
    Samarya-Timm, Michele
  • Granting Concessions and Paying Ransoms to Terrorists: A Policy Options Analysis of the U.S. Policy on Hostage Recovery
    From the thesis abstract: “Nations around the world, including the United States, have been battling terrorist hostage-takings by instituting ‘no-concessions’ policies. The hope is that denying terrorists their demands will re… more
    Hyatt, Rodney
  • Port Security Grant Program: Good Enough, or Can It Be Made Better
    From the thesis abstract: “For almost a decade and a half since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Port Security Grant Program [PSGP] has provided funding to project proposals for improving the security and resil… more
    Arnett, Paul D. J.

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