Proceedings and Presentations from the 2017 Homeland Security Education Summit

Proceedings: 10th Annual Homeland Defense and Security Education Summit

The 10th Annual Homeland Defense and Security Education Summit was held on March 23-24, 2017 at George Mason University, Arlington Campus.

The theme of the event was Overcoming Barriers: Looking at the Next 10 Years of Homeland Security Strategies, Plans, Policies and Education

Sponsored by the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security
In partnership with Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency and George Mason University, Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security.

All links below are to .pdf files except for external links to videos which are indicated with

Table of Contents


Thursday, March 23


Leadership Keynotes

  • Admiral Thad Allen, US Coast Guard (ret), Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • General Keith Alexander, US Army (ret), CEO and President, IronNet Cybersecurity

Roundtable Discussion

Moderator: Thomas Inglesby, CEO and Director, Center for Health Security, Johns Hopkins University

  • Admiral Thad Allen, US Coast Guard (ret), Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Teresa Shea, Executive Vice President, In-Q-Tel
  • General Keith Alexander, US Army (ret), CEO and President, IronNet Cybersecurity


Program Discussions

  • National Training and Education System: Scott Kelberg, National Training and Education Division
  • Emergency Management Institute: Wendy Walsh, EMI Higher Education Program Director
  • Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council: Trent Frasier, DHS Office of Academic Engagement
  • North American Aerospace Defense Command & US Northern Command: Ed Campbell, N-NC/J7 Education Director
  • Workforce Development/Student Programs: Rebecca Rouse, Marian University


Track A: Terrorism

Root Causes and Micro-foundations of Transnational Terrorism
Chair: Jim Ramsay, University of New Hampshire
Discussant:  Trace Lasley, Department of Homeland Security

Track B: Preparedness and Resilience

Risk-based Approaches to Preparedness
Chair: Alexander Siedschlag, Pennsylvania State University
Discussant: Stuart Evenhaugen, Department of Homeland Security

Public Engagement Before, During, and After Emergencies
Chair: Robert Mandel, Lewis & Clark College
Discussant: Joshua C. Dozor, Federal Emergency Management Agency

Track C:  New Research on Homeland Security Education

Policy-relevant Research and Workforce Development
Chair: David Mcintyre, Texas A&M University
Discussant: Patrick Newman, Department of Homeland Security

Curriculum as a Lighthouse or Ship? Designing Multi-Disciplinary Homeland Security Education in Times of Turbulence

  • Chad Foster and Ryan Baggett, Eastern Kentucky University

Innovative Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Curriculum in Homeland Security at a HBCU

  • Meherun Laiju, Tougaloo College

Track D: Technology Challenges and Approaches in Homeland Security

Cybersecurity in a Post-Quantum World

  • Yacine Merdjemak, Argonne National Laboratory

Sailing the Sea of Video Surveillance Data: Approaches to Navigating Policy Development and Analytics

  • Don Zoufal, University of Chicago

Engineering the Smart and Connected City

  • Joel Harley, University of Utah

Implications of 21st Century Technology Development on National Security and Emergency Management

  • Matt Hull, Virginia Tech
  • Greg Nichols, Homeland Defense and Security Information Analysis Center

Track E: Public-Private Partnerships, Risk & the Role of Business in Homeland Security

Innovative Approaches to Public Safety: Role of Public-Private Partnerships

  • Mitch Freddura (moderator), Dawn Scalici and Dan Botsch, Business Executives for National Security

Business Strategies and Innovation in U.S. Foreign Policy Management

  • Elizabeth Radziszewski, Rider University

Small Businesses as a Vulnerable Population

  • Mark Landahl, Fredrick County Sheriff’s Office
  • Tonya Neaves, George Mason University

What Risk Is/Professional Emergency Managers: Why We Need Them, What They Do, How They Do It, Why They Do It

  • Ray Pena

Track F: Developing Strategies and Effective Communications

Overcoming Communication Barriers: How Science and Research Can Solve Ineffective Communication During Crises and Enhance Homeland Security Strategies

  • Holly Hardin and Mark Basnight, Argonne National Laboratory

Homeland-Hometown Security: A Coherent National Strategy to Protect the Homeland

  • John Comiskey, Monmouth University

Homeland Security Defined

  • Joe Ryan and Demosthenes Long, Pace University

Climate Change and Homeland Security: Whistling Past the Graveyard

  • Buster Hall, Northeastern State University – Oklahoma

Track G: Special Topics

Hampton Roads Cyber Corps: A pathway for regional unification in defending local private industry from cyber attacks

  • Mike Feggans, USAF Langley Hospital

Public health preparedness for mass casualty events in urban areas

  • Bob McCreight, George Mason University
  • Don Donahue, University of Maryland University College

The Future of Policing in America: Active Community Networks and the Final Report of The President’s Task Force for 21st Century Policing

  • Ed Welch

Theater Special Operations Command North: developing and leveraging the “blue network”

  • Bill Edwards, Special Operations Command – North

Friday, March 24


Roundtable Discussion

DHS Homeland Security Science & Technology Advisory Committee (HSSTAC)
Emerging Homeland Security Issues
Moderator: Dylan George, In-Q-Tel

  • Cybersecurity: Vincent Chan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Artificial Intelligence: James Hendler, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Autonomous Technology: Dan Dubno, Hourglass Initiative
  • Adaptive Manufacturing: Byron Collie, The Goldman Sachs Group
  • CBRN Detection: Eric Haseltine, Haseltine Partners, LLC



Susan Coller Monarez, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Strategy and Analysis, Office of Policy, Department of Homeland Security

Track A: Research Panel – Terrorism and Transnational Crime

New Perspectives on Transnational Crime and Terrorism
Chair: Louise Shelley, Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center, George Mason University
Discussant: Bruce Lichtman, Department of Homeland Security

  • Enrique Desmond Arias, George Mason University
    • The Transnational Drug Trade and Criminal Governance in the Americas
  • Mahmut Cengiz, George Mason University
    • How the Ongoing Syrian Conflict Impacts Transnational Crime and Terror Networks
  • Sharon Melzer, George Mason University
    • Non-traditional Funding Streams for Threat Financing and their Impacts on National Security
  • Louise Shelley, George Mason University
    • The Transformation of Illicit Trade: Diversification and Growth

Track B: Research Panel – Border Security, Migration, Trade and Travel

New Perspectives on International Migration and Border Security
Chair: Susan Martin, Georgetown University

Track C: Topics in Homeland Defense

Revisiting the Use of State and Home Guards

  • Brent Bankus, Army War College

Military Mobilization as a Leading Indicator of Conflict

  • Andres Gannon, University of California – San Diego

Track D: Resiliency and Infrastructure

A Model to Enable Scalable Supply Chain Security and Resilience

  • Kyle Pfeiffer, Argonne National Laboratory

Building Resilient Infrastructures Against Electrical Energy Collapse and Crisis Opportunities for Investing in Solid Strategies

  • Bob McCreight, George Mason University

Track E: New Approaches in Homeland Security Education

To Serve and Protect: A New Policing Education Model for the 21st Century

  • John Comiskey, Monmouth University

Social Network Analysis: Role of Social Media to Propagate Emergency Information After a Disaster

  • Jooho Kim, Purdue University

Track F: Law Enforcement and Public Safety in Homeland Security

The Perceived Militarization of American Law Enforcement: A Comparative Homeland Security Approach

  • William Toms, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Building Community Resilience to Increase the Likelihood of Saving Lives in Emerging Threat Situations Using Heroic Improvisation (HI) Exercises

  • Mary Tyszkiewicz, Arizona State University

Track G: Special Topics

Radicalization and Metacognitive Awareness of Identity in Writing Genres: Insights from Neuropsychological Research

  • Irene Clark, California State University, Northridge
  • Cezar Ornatowski, San Diego State University

Preventing Terrorist Access to Nuclear Arsenals and Emphasizing De‐Escalation, Deterrence, and Regional Stability in the South Asian Nuclear Theater—Nuclear Policy Challenges for the New Administration

  • Srini Sitaraman, Clark University

Special Presentation

The Honorable Norm Augustine, Former CEO, Lockheed Martin Corporation and Undersecretary of the Army

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Track A: Terrorism

Countering Violent Extremism
Chair: Susan Szmania, Department of Homeland Security

Track B: Border Security, Migration, Trade and Travel

Border Security Policy: Migration, International Cooperation, and Lessons Learned

Chair: Jason Ackleson, Department of Homeland Security

Discussant: Sean Moon, Department of Homeland Security

Track C: Infrastructure Protection and Cybersecurity

Threat Identification and Prioritization
Chair: Megan Clifford, Argonne National Laboratory

Innovations in Preparedness and Collaboration
Chair: Brian Humphreys, Department of Homeland Security
Discussant: Scott Tousley, Department of Homeland Security

Track D: Intelligence and Homeland Security

Innovative Pedagogy for Homeland Security Intelligence Education vs. Trainin

  • Jim Steiner, University at Albany, SUNY
    • Using a Customer-focused Paradigm to teach Homeland Security Intelligence
  • Erik J. Dahl, NPS Center for Homeland Defense and Security
    • Does Intelligence Education Need to be Classified?
  • Brian Nussbaum, University at Albany, SUNY
    • Communicating Cyber Intelligence and Threat Information to Non-Technical Customers
  • Keith Cozine, St. John’s University
    • Experiential Based Learning to Teach Intelligence Collection within a Homeland Security Curriculum

Track E: New Approaches in Homeland Security Education

Cross-Border Cooperation in Homeland Security Research

  • Michel Bosco, European Commission
  • Phil Water, US Department of Homeland Security S&T Directorate

From Organizational Cylinders of Excellence to In-concentu Meta-Organizations: How the Practitioner-Scholar Can Reduce Barriers and Strengthen Homeland Security Organizational Transformation

  • Andy Cain, Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management

Reducing Barriers between Academics and Practitioners through Directed Studies Courses

  • Dave McIntyre, Texas A&M University

The Evolution of Homeland Security: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Exploration Toward Defining the Term

  • Tina Bynum, Colorado Technical University

Track F:

Social Network Analysis, its application in the homeland security community and presentation of the Global ECCO on-line gaming learning tools for strategic thinking

  • Mike Aspland, Naval Postgraduate School

Sociology of Terrorism—Understanding Terrorism

  • Rebecca Lawton, Wilmington University

Osama’s Legacy: A Jihadi Global Financial Network

  • Patricia Levy, Fort Hays State University

ISIS Confirmed for CBRNE Acquisition and Proliferation 

  • Zamawang Almemar, George Mason University

Plenary Session:

Integrating Research and Practice: QHSR 2018

  • Jason Ackleson, Director of Strategy, Office of Policy, Department of Homeland Security


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