CHDS Master’s Theses: September 2010 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 September 2010 (cohort 0901/0902) theses below.


  • Emerging Threat to America: Non-State Entities Fighting Fourth Generation Warfare in Mexico
    From the thesis abstract: “The 2007 Merida Initiative provides the framework for the cooperation between America and Mexico, supporting the fight against the Pack Virus in Mexico. The new American-Mexican policy of combating th… more
    Treglia, Philip
  • Making Sense in the Edge of Chaos: A Framework for Effective Initial Response Efforts to Large-Scale Incidents
    “A review of response efforts to 9/11 revealed considerable challenges to resolving an event of this magnitude. To cope with these challenges, the federal government created the National Incident Management System (NIMS), an or… more
    Renaud, Cynthia E.
  • Strategic Policy for Pandemic Vaccine Distribution
    “The traditional public health model for mass vaccination, which is based on the assumption that workforce will be sufficient to mount a campaign, is flawed. Funding initiatives by Congress, while addressing certain inadequacie… more
    Russo, Thomas P.
  • Transforming Executive Fire Officers–A Paradigm Shift to Meet the Intelligence Needs of the 21st Century Fire Service
    From the thesis abstract: “Executive Fire Officers (EFOs) routinely face complex strategic challenges, but none are as multifaceted or as intractable as the expansion of the fire service’s core mission to embody intelligence fu… more
    Gonzales, Rebecca L.
  • Designating Domestic Terrorist Individuals or Groups
    From the thesis abstract: “Terrorism is a crime committed by individuals with a political or social agenda designed to influence a government or its population. The U.S. government, state and local law enforcement agencies have… more
    Heller, David E.
  • Engaged and Empowered Community: An Essential Ingredient of Homeland Security
    “Countless dollars have been spent on various programs and initiatives over the past decade to enhance homeland security. Although great strides have been made in many areas, one that continues to lag behind is preparedness at … more
    Taylor, Kevin Brian
  • Securing the Northern Maritime Border through Maritime Domain Awareness
    From the thesis abstract: “Since September 11, 2001, both the United States and the Canadian governments have established plans and initiatives to improve maritime domain awareness (MDA) in their nations’ ports and maritime app… more
    Westling, Jeffrey C.
  • Filling the Gap between NIMS/ICS and the Law Enforcement Initial Response in the Age of the Urban Jihad
    “The National Incident Management (NIMS) and Incident Command Systems (ICS) are important tools that can be adapted to establish command and control in coordinating some aspects of the response and recovery phases of many major… more
    Moody, Theodore J.
  • Homeland Security Intelligence: To What End?
    “In this thesis, I present potential solution sets to the question of why homeland security leaders and practitioners use intelligence to improve homeland security decisions. Specific roles and benefits of intelligence are iden… more
    Miller, Andrew D.
  • Arctic Region Policy: Information Sharing Model Options
    “Continued climate change and minimum ice conditions over the past several years is allowing for increased maritime activity in the Arctic, which may lead to potential homeland security/defense missions. In January 2009, the U.… more
    Marie, Claire
  • Collaboration in the San Francisco Bay Area Metropolitan Medical Response System
    “Within the San Francisco Bay Area there are four cities that host a Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS) program: San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland and Fremont. The four Bay Area MMRS cities are within fifty miles of eac… more
    Martin, Bruce K.
  • Striking the Right Balance: Fusion Centers and Privacy
    “After the events of 9/11, the number of fusion centers rapidly multiplied. As a result, state and local agencies that operated the centers adopted a myriad of policies. This thesis seeks to answer how fusion centers can implem… more
    Skahill, Tina M.
  • Measuring Disaster Preparedness of Local Emergency Medical Services Agencies
    From the thesis abstract: “Emergency Medical Services (EMS) plays a key role in disaster response. Yet, determining how much preparedness is enough to achieve an acceptable level of preparedness is challenging. After conducting… more
    Elliott, Ross W.
  • Enhancing FBI Terrorism and Homeland Security Information Sharing With State, Local and Tribal Agencies
    “This thesis examines FBI [Federal Bureau of Investigation] terrorism and homeland security information sharing with state, local and tribal homeland security agencies mandated by presidents Bush and Obama, and the U.S. Congres… more
    Gomez, Peter L.
  • Trusted National Fusion Center Network: Are Baseline Capabilities and Accreditation Needed?
    “Much of the current fusion center debate focuses on three areas of concern: the ability of the centers to be a vital link in the national counter-terrorism effort while maintaining their state and local autonomy, the lack of c… more
    Ladner, R. Don, Jr.
  • Formal Critiques and After Action Reports from Conventional Emergencies: Tools for Homeland Security Training and Education
    From the thesis abstract: “The activities and tasks performed by firefighters when responding to emergencies caused by asymmetric threats to homeland security mirror the activities and tasks that firefighters regularly employ w… more
    Chattin, Jody M.
  • Can Local Police and Sheriff’s Departments Provide a Higher Degree of Homeland Security Coordination and Collaboration through Consolidation of Police Services?
    “Police consolidation is examined in this thesis because it fits with the homeland security mission of integrating and coordinating intelligence information, standardizing policies, procedures, and training, leveraging police r… more
    Callagy, Michael P.
  • Homeland Security within State Departments of Agriculture: Success Factors and Barriers to an Effective Security Program
    From the thesis abstract: “The food and agriculture sector in the United States is vulnerable to attack. One solution is to ensure that homeland security programs within the state departments of agriculture have the necessary s… more
    Blackwood, Matthew Joseph
  • Where Do I Start? Decision Making in Complex Novel Environments
    “Threats to our country have never been more real, nor had more potential to impact large populations of Americans. From the homeland defense perspective, some ideology-based groups have the ability and intention to attack the … more
    Diaz, Sara Katherine
  • Impact of Incentives and Requirements on Group Collaboration
    “In the aftermath of catastrophic incidents that have stressed emergency response capabilities there is a growing national awareness that risks and threats exist that are complex, wide reaching, and will require a response effo… more
    Jardine, Sheryl
  • Before the Emergency: A Framework for Evaluating Emergency Preparedness Alternatives at Higher Education Institutions
    From the thesis abstract: “This research gathered information about the ways in which 10 higher education institutions (HEIs) in the U.S. are currently making decisions about which emergency preparedness activities to pursue an… more
    Wilson, Laura L.
  • Identifying Best Practices in the Dissemination of Intelligence to First Responders in the Fire and EMS Services
    “September 11, 2001 thrust the fire service into the world of intelligence but the evolution of its involvement has been slow and challenging. The evolving role in the intelligence process presents unprecedented challenges. Thi… more
    Richardson, Thomas Joseph

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