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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 →

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 →

CS3660: Critical Infrastructure: Vulnerability Analysis and Protection

Syllabus — text. Rudy Darken and Tom Mackin. Critical Infrastructure protection is one of the cornerstones of homeland security. While PDD-63 lists 8 sectors, the National Strategy for Protection of Critical Infrastructure and Key Assets lists 11 sectors: Water, Power… Continue Reading →

Agenda: Presentations at the 2014 Homeland Security Education Summit

The 2014 Annual HD/HS Education Summit was held in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on October 09-10 2014 at the Marriott Colorado Springs. The theme of the 2014 event was: Rethinking Infrastructure Protection: Innovative Approaches for Education and Research Presentations included the following…. Continue Reading →

Terrorism and Tourism: Incorporating the Economic Spillover Impact into the DHS Risk Formula

Interview — video. Thomas Monahan. Following the attacks of 9/11, thousands of Americans in the hotel and restaurant employees lost their jobs due to a significant decline in tourism. In this Viewpoints episode, Tom Moynahan examines the indirect economic impact… Continue Reading →

Tutorial: Risk Methods and Models

Tutorial – video and text. Ted Lewis. This tutorial will introduce you to the building blocks of risk-informed decision-making practiced within the homeland security enterprise. Risk assessment is a fundamental tool used to determine level of risk, and how best to allocate… Continue Reading →

Critical Infrastructure: Vulnerability Analysis and Protection

Syllabus — text. Ted Lewis. Critical Infrastructure protection is one of the cornerstones of homeland security. While PDD-63 lists 8 sectors, the National Strategy for Protection of Critical Infrastructure and Key Assets lists 11 sectors: Water, Power & Energy, Information… Continue Reading →

MBRA (Model Based Risk Assessment)

Software. Ted Lewis. The MBRA tool supports the Model-Based Risk Assessment technique described in Critical Infrastructure Protection in Homeland Security (Lewis, 2015). There are two key components of MBRA: the network analysis and the fault tree analysis. These two parts… Continue Reading →

The Underwear Bomber

Lecture/presentation Kip Hawley The Case of the Underwear Bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s failed attempt to blow up a passenger plane on Christmas Day, 2009, is chiefly remembered as a shocking demonstration of the aviation system’s vulnerability. Eight years and billions… Continue Reading →

Simple Risk

Lecture/presentation — flash. Ted Lewis. This module defines “simple risk,” using this definition to drive an analysis of the telecommunications industry. Also discusses the limitations of this definition, especially when considering human-made incidents, versus random accidents. Uses the 1995 Oklahoma… Continue Reading →

Pascal’s Triangle: The Story of Chance and Risk

Lecture/presentation — flash. Ted Lewis. This module briefly traces the mathematical achievements of Blaise Pascal, the inventor of probability theory, which form the foundation of modern science and statistics. Explains the popular conception that reality is predictable, rather than chaotic;… Continue Reading →

Bak’s Sand Pile

Book. Lewis, Ted G.  Bak’s Sand Pile. Agile Press (2011). Did the terrorist attacks on the United States in 2001, the massive power blackout of 2003, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and the Gulf oil spill of 2010 ‘just happen’-or were… Continue Reading →

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