CHDS Master’s Theses: December 2017 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 800+ theses searchable at the Homeland Security Digital Library or browse the December 2017 theses below.


  • Fire Department Perspective: Crowd Dynamics and Safety at Outside Events
    Griggs, Rick
  • Fire as a Weapon: High-Rise Structures
    Sheppard, Adrian Bernard
  • Dashboards for the Fire Service
    Butsch, Alan L.
  • New High: A Future-Oriented Study of American Drug Policy
    Bress, Jessica Marie
  • Active Shooter Response: Defensive Tactics and Tactical Decision-Making for Elementary School Teachers and Staff
    Whitney, John A., IV
  • Arizona Border Wall Case Study
    Bristow, Justin Alexander
  • Big Brother or Trusted Allies? How the Police Can Earn Community Support for Using Unmanned Aircraft
    Schwartz, Stephen Craig
  • Cyber Federalism: Defining Cyber’s Jurisdictional Boundaries
    Rosner, Eric
  • Crisis Leadership and Complex Crises: A Search for Competencies
    Saltz, Michael E.
  • Proposed Cosmology of Identity in the Sociotechnical Ecosystem of Homeland Security
    Gerard, Sevan D.
  • Black Flags of Their Fathers: The Islamic State’s Returning Foreign Fighter Youths and the Implications for U.S. Domestic Security
    Tani, John J., Jr.
  • Born of the Troubles: Lessons in Trust and Legitimacy from the Police Service of Northern Ireland
    Murray, John Charles
  • Countering Violent Extremism Policy in the United States: Are Cve Programs in America Effectively Mitigating the Threat of Homegrown Violent Extremism?
    Stewart, Craig M.
  • Combating Prejudice: Understanding Media Prejudice Toward Muslims and Advocacy Organizations’ Efforts to Combat It
    Teitelbaum, Jay F.
  • Border Patrol, Social Media, and Transnational Messaging
    Christie, Kathleen Ann
  • How the Democratization of Technology Enhances Intelligence-Led Policing and Serves the Community
    Canaday, Johanna
  • Marijuana, the Straight Dope: Guidance for Federal Policy Reform
    Baker, Erik D.
  • Millennials in the Fire Service: The Effectiveness of Fire Service Recruiting, Testing, and Retention
    Neal, Scott F.
  • Indications and Warning Methodology for Strategic Intelligence
    Kimmelman, Susann
  • Follow the Silk Road: How Internet Affordances Influence and Transform Crime and Law Enforcement
    Jerde, Ryan D.
  • Humans, Intelligent Technology, and Their Interface: A Study of Brown’s Point
    White, Jackie L. J.
  • Mitigating Insider Threats in the Domestic Aviation System: Policy Options for the Transportation Security Administration
    Bean, Brian S.
  • Not Just Another Piece of Equipment: An Analysis for Police Body-Worn Camera Policy Decisions
    Sacca, Giacomo
  • United States Earthquake Early Warning System: How Theory and Analysis Can Save America Before the Big One Happens
    Rockabrand, Ryan
  • Nevada Family: Political Crisis Leadership and Resilience Narratives in the Silver State
    Cage, Caleb S.
  • Evolving Role of Emergency Medical Services in Sacramento, CA
    King, Niko S.
  • Pre-Incident Planning for the Los Alamos National Laboratory
    Hughes, Troy L.
  • Prospective Vigilance: Assessing Complex Coordinated Attack Preparedness Programs
    Goff, Jared B.
  • Software Requirement Specifications for a Social-Media Threat Assessment Tool
    Barnett, Craig T.
  • Police Reforms: Identifying the Potential Adverse Impacts and Challenges to Law Enforcement Agencies
    Timpf, Mark L.
  • Regaining the Trust of the American Public: A Law Enforcement Initiative
    Alvarez, Micole C.
  • Arctic: A Wait and See Approach to Defending the Homeland
    Hegedusich, William
  • DSCA Corps: Bridging the Gap Between the Profession of Arms and Domestic Operations
    Winters, Nicholas E.
  • Implications of Nanotechnology for the Fire Service: Avoiding the Mistakes of the Past
    O’Sullivan, Daniel John
  • Reality of the Homeland Security Enterprise Information Sharing Environment
    Brown, Michael E.
  • Role of Mental Illness Identification and Screening in Firearm Background Checks
    Barklage, Kevin M.
  • South Carolina National Guard Secure Area Duty Officer Program: A Reserve Component Active Shooter Contingency Case Study
    Ramey, Barry N.
  • U.S. Refugee Policy in the Era of Homeland Security: A Comparative Government Analysis
    Kuczera, Reiss
  • When the Shooting Stops: Recovery from Active-Shooter Events for K-12 Schools
    Berglund, Douglas A.

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