CHDS Master’s Theses: December 2019 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 900+ theses searchable at the Homeland Security Digital Library or browse the December 2019 theses below.


  • Case for State and Local Integration of the Separate Federal Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program
    Heckard, Matthew K.
  • 21st Century and No Emancipation in Sight: Is the U.S. Anti-Slavery Framework Adequate?
    Brown, Marie-Claire
  • Countering Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    Knight, Jason
  • Lived and Remembered Experiences: Policing to Improve Relations with Communities of Color
    Elow, Christine A.
  • Misinformation Contagion: A View Through an Epidemiological Lens
    Fenton, Scott C.
  • Introducing Artificial Intelligence into the United States Law Enforcement Community: Learning from Foreign Law Enforcement Agencies
    Lalley, Ana Z.
  • Integrating the Fire Service into the Domestic Intelligence Enterprise: A Systems Thinking Approach
    Falkner, Kyle L.
  • Filtering a New Solution to Federal Emergency Management Through Nanotechnology
    Liston, Patrick M.
  • Civil Rights Auditors: Defining Reasonable Time, Place, and Manner Restrictions on First Amendment Activities
    Cummings, Gary
  • Nuclear Deterrence and North Korea―Dissuasion or Persuasion?
    Vaughn, Steve
  • Engaging Children and Youth, Via K-12 School Curricula, to Build a Culture of Disaster Preparedness
    Hayward, Kimberly A.
  • Optimize or Die: Dynamic and Innovative Deployment Models for Fire Departments
    McCoy, Tyler B.
  • Biothreat Response: Local Emergency Response Efforts for Suspicious and Unknown Substances
    Dowdell, Craig S.
  • Assessing the Potential Value of Autonomous Vehicles in Emergency Medical Services Using the Knowledge Value Added Methodology
    Hillhouse, Joseph S.
  • From Golden Handcuffs to Pig Iron: Projecting Pension Reform’s Impact on the Homeland Security Enterprise
    Waldman, Jeffrey H.
  • Plan Bee–Understanding Threats to the Honey Bee Population and Examining Strategies to Promote and Protect Pollinators
    Pfrogner, Mildred G.
  • Reforming the Bank Secrecy Act to Address Emerging Technology and Prevent Illicit Financing
    Bradstreet, Shawn M.
  • Stopping the Next Attack: How to Gain Intelligence from Suspects Detained Overseas
    Fitzgerald, James M.
  • Seminaries in the System: The Effects of Prison Seminaries on Recidivism, Inmate vi olence, and Costs
    Dotson, Roy D.
  • Rico: Analyzing the Use of Federal Law to Combat Local Gang Problems
    Ryerson, Gene W.
  • Revitalizing Maritime Security: Is Smart the Next Element?
    Makins, Marion C., Jr.
  • Strategic Vessel System Management for the Public Safety Vessel Enterprise
    Jensen, Brian C.
  • Reforming U.S. Immigration Policy: A Case for Merit-Based Immigration?
    Garza, Daisy
  • Missing Link: How Do Gaps in Mental Healthcare Contribute to the Active Shooter Epidemic?
    Buffkin, Kimberly L.
  • Training for Failure in the United States Fire Service
    O’Neal, David E.
  • Two Teams, One Mission: A Study Using EMS Units in Hospital Triage During Active-Shooter and Other Mass-Casualty Events
    Simons, Thomas B.
  • Regulating Hawala: Thwarting Terrorism or Jeopardizing Stability?
    Mali, Monika
  • ‘I Forgot I Had That .38 in My Bag’: How Memory Failure Contributes to Passengers Carrying Firearms and Other Prohibited Items to Security Screening Checkpoints
    Yi, Suk H.
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Effort to Identify Terrorism Threats: Is Social Media Intelligence (SOCMINT) the Next Tool?
    Thompson, Erik M.

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