Learning Materials from the NPS Center for Homeland Defense and Security


Thesis Series (video/audio)

Adaptive SOPs

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Play the audio: [download the .mp3 file] Standard operating procedures (SOPs) guide emergency responders in a crisis, providing predetermined steps to manage anticipated events. However, modern disasters often manifest as complex systems and produce unanticipated outcomes.  As a consequence, the… Continue Reading →

Seeing Eye Drones: How the DoD can Transform CBRN and Disaster Response in the Homeland

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Video – CHDS Thesis Series Fall 2016. Matt Jonkey. The threat of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) disasters is one of the most dangerous threats to the homeland. The United States has an opportunity to harness emerging technology to… Continue Reading →

Sociotechnical Identity influences threats to security?

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Video – CHDS Thesis Series Fall 2016. Seven Gerard. As man and machine have become ever more intertwined, technology is altering the perception of self-identity. This holds implications for homeland security. Sevan Gerard, a Firefighter/Paramedic with the Los Angeles Fire… Continue Reading →

Fracking: Unintended Consequences for Local Communities

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Video – CHDS Thesis Series Fall 2016. Chad Stangeland. The advent of hydraulic fracturing and the ability to bore horizontal wells have changed the energy industry for better and worse since 2005. Advancements have dramatically increased the extraction of oil… Continue Reading →

Grand Challenges in Homeland Security

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Video – CHDS Thesis Series Fall 2016. Cal Bowman. What global grand challenges we face today that will have an impact on the homeland security landscape twenty-five years from now? Today, a grand challenge is intended as a call-to-action for… Continue Reading →

Increasing Road Infrastructure Capacity through the use of Autonomous Vehicles

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Video – CHDS Thesis Series Fall 2016. Don Simko. Roadway infrastructure is a critical component to U.S. homeland security. Overland transportation affects the national economy, emergency services, defense, and communication systems. This thesis by Don Simko, Emergency Management Program Specialist… Continue Reading →

Moral Hazard in Flooding Disasters

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Video – CHDS Thesis Series Fall 2016 – Kevin Starbuck Thesis Title: “Moral Hazard: How the National Flood Insurance Program Limiting Risk Reduction” Moral hazard occurs when people do not assume the full risk of an action or decision; they… Continue Reading →

Unmanned Aerial Systems Policy

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Video – CHDS Thesis Series Fall 2016 – Brian Lee Thesis Title: “Protection, Profit, or Privacy: Exploring Strategic Solutions for Integrating Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and the Delicate Balance Between Commercial Opportunity and Public Safety” Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and… Continue Reading →

Quantifying The Negative

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Play the audio: [download the .mp3 file] For most homeland security agencies, success is measured by preventing events. However, when it comes to budgets it can be hard to quantify what didn’t happen and make the case for continued funding…. Continue Reading →

Sovereign Citizens

Play the audio: [download the .mp3 file] Michelle Mallek (CHDS cohort 1401) is legal counsel at FEMA and decided to study ‘Sovereigns‘ because much of the terrorist discussion in mainstream media is focused on external threats.   In this episode of the Reflecting… Continue Reading →

Beyond Sister City Agreements: Exploring the Challenges to Full International Interoperability

Video – 2016 CHDS Thesis Series. Calvin Shanks. Communities on the international border are often interconnected by more than simple proximity. They are connected through social networks, economy, culture, and shared natural resources. Despite this interdependent relationship, and in spite… Continue Reading →

The Ethical Imperative of Reason: How Anti-Intellectualism, Denialism, and Apathy Threaten National Security

Video – 2016 CHDS Thesis Series. Greggory Favre This thesis explores the roots and manifestations of anti-intellectualism, denialism and apathy. Philosophical in its design, this research explores the following question: What are the potential effects of cultural anti-intellectualism on the… Continue Reading →

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