CHDS Master’s Theses: December 2018 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 2018 theses below.


  • Tailoring Violent Extremism Prevention: A Targeted Intervention Method
    Mourad, Mourad
  • Out Through the Out Door: Policy Options in the Fight Against Visa Overstays
    Spina, Michael L.
  • Overstays: The Lesser-Known Illegal Immigration Issue
    Heslin, Brian D.
  • Implementation of Active Cyber Defense Measures by Private Entities: The Need for an International Accord to Address Disputes
    Barnes, Isaac A.
  • When the House is Full, but the Guests Keep Coming: Determining the Impact of Daily Hospital Overcrowding on Disaster Response
    Menefee, Charity M.
  • Career Paramedic-Firefighter Staffing Problems: Is Recruiting Women Part of the Solution?
    Byron, Juan
  • Conditions of Democratic Erosion: Has U.S. Democracy Reached a Tipping Point?
    Tubbs, Christian D.
  • Climate Security Threat–America’s Achilles’ Heel?
    Schaffer, Patricia A.
  • Everyone Is Doing It: The Effectiveness of Body-Worn Cameras Beyond Randomized Controlled Trials
    Lawler, Robert M.
  • Homeland Security from a Tribal Context
    Figueroa, Lisa M.
  • Fusing the Four Corners: Integrating Intelligence-Led Policing Within New Mexico’s Rural and Tribal Communities
    Vasquez, Robert
  • Measuring Performance Within Anti-Gang Task Forces in Texas
    Jamison, Laura E.
  • School Bus Security: A Case for Regulations to Improve Child Safety
    Whitehead, Ryan N.
  • Area Maritime Security Committees and the Maritime Transportation System
    Crowell, Ben
  • Applying the Thira to Special Events: A Framework for Capabilities-Based Planning Adoption in Local Governments
    Bradley, Daniel J.
  • Responding to High-Rise Active Shooters
    Seebock, James J.
  • God Protocol: In Search of a Common Ethical Approach to Disaster Response
    Soucie, Eric D.
  • Reconsidering CVE: The Unintended Consequences of Countering Violent Extremism Efforts in America
    Barbari, Nabeela
  • Shoot the Horse and Build a Better Barn Door: Exploring the Potential for a Superforecasting Methodology to Strengthen the DHS Leadership Selection Process
    Dorman, Ronald
  • Olive Branch and the Maple Leaf: A Comparative Analysis of Refugee Policies in Canada and the United States and the Potential for Blended Reform
    Tisdale, Robert
  • Safe Seas: Protecting America’s Ferries Against Criminal Mass-Casualty Incidents
    Blindbury, Steven A.
  • Watchlist: Improving the Transparency, Accuracy, Efficiency, and Accountability of the Terrorist Screening Database
    Park, David
  • Privacy in Plain Sight: Fourth Amendment Considerations for the Collection, Retention, and Use of Data by Law Enforcement in Public Places
    Ziman, Kristen

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