Learning Materials from the NPS Center for Homeland Defense and Security



Homeland Security Affairs

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Newest articles in Volume XIII (2017) published in April.   The issue contains an essay which explores new approaches to non-strategic deterrence of terrorist attacks based on cognitive psychology and behavioral economics, and a research article which examines the extent to… Continue Reading →

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Sticky post is an App Store of Homeland Security Ideas.  CHDS Master’s participants are publishing new stories for 2017. Edited by Rodrigo Nieto Gomez Exercise: homeland security blog-posts to Garcia: A strategic exercise on individual entrepreneurship. First, students read message to… Continue Reading →

CHDS Booklist

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Full book list for every course These are some of the text books assigned to Master’s students at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security in 2015-2017 courses. See the list for all current courses:

The Psychology of Democracy

Book. Moghaddam, Fathali M. The Psychology of Democracy. American Psychological Association (December 2015). Where democracy thrives, it seems far and away the best system of governance. Yet, relatively few countries have managed to transition successfully to democracy, and none of… Continue Reading →

Book of Extremes: Why the 21st Century Isn’t Like the 20th Century

Book. Lewis, Ted G.,  Book of Extremes: Why the 21st Century Isn’t Like the 20th Century. Springer Press (2014). What makes the 21st century different from the 20th century? This century is the century of extremes — political, economic, social,… Continue Reading →

A Practitioner’s Way Forward: Terrorism Analysis

Book. Brannan, David W., Kristin M. Darken and Anders Strindberg. A Practitioner’s Way Forward: Terrorism Analysis.  Agile Press (August 2014). This book provides practitioners and analysts in the field with effective tools for conducting analysis of terrorist groups and other violent substate… Continue Reading →

Intelligence and Surprise Attack: Failure and Success from Pearl Harbor to 9/11 and Beyond

Book. Dahl, Erik. Intelligence and Surprise Attack: Failure and Success from Pearl Harbor to 9/11 and Beyond. Georgetown University Press (July 2013). How can the United States avoid a future surprise attack on the scale of 9/11 or Pearl Harbor, in… Continue Reading →

The Psychology of Dictatorship

Moghaddam, Fathali. The Psychology of Dictatorship. American Psychological Association (APA). (April 2013.) Ever since World War II, social scientists have recognized the crucial importance of these questions. Yet despite the great strides made in our understanding of dictatorships, most studies… Continue Reading →

The Roots of Our Children’s War: Identity and the War on Terrorism

Book. Deardorff, Brad. The Roots of Our Children’s War: Identity and the War on Terrorism. Agile Press (March 2013). Drawing on sixteen years of experience in counterterrorism operations, Brad Deardorff brings a fresh approach to understanding, countering, and preventing terrorism. With… Continue Reading →

Hunting in the Shadows: The Pursuit of al Qa’ida since 9/11

Book. Jones, Seth G.  Hunting in the Shadows: The Pursuit of al Qa’ida since 9/11. (New York: W.W. Norton, 2012). This comprehensive, landmark history chronicles our ongoing battle against al-Qa’ida, the greatest threat the West has faced in the modern… Continue Reading →

Managing the Insider Threat: No Dark Corners

Book. Catrantzos, Nick. Managing the Insider Threat: No Dark Corners. CRC Press. (May 2012.) An adversary who attacks an organization from within can prove fatal to the organization and is generally impervious to conventional defenses. Drawn from the findings of… Continue Reading →


Book. Strindberg, Anders.  Islamism. Polity (2011). Islamism has emerged as one of the most significant political ideologies of the 21st century. From the Islamic Revolution in Iran to the grinding struggle of Hizballah in Lebanon and the devastating 9/11 attacks… Continue Reading →

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