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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 →

Self-Study Course: The Global Jihadi Threat

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Course — website/web application. Nadav Morag. [Updated Dec 2016] Islam is a faith of richness and complexity that has manifested itself over time in a broad variety of ways. Unfortunately, it is also used as the basis for the violent… Continue Reading →

CHDS Master’s Theses: June 2016 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 750+ theses searchable at the Homeland Security Digital Library or… Continue Reading →

NS4881: Multi-disciplinary Approaches to Homeland Security: framing the discourse

Syllabus — text. Anders Strindberg and David Brannan. Homeland security efforts in the United States constitute a project framed by the rule of law. Constitutional concerns, civil rights issues and the roles of the various disciplines engaged in the effort… Continue Reading →

DA3210: The Unconventional Threat to Homeland Security

Syllabus — text. David Brannan and Anders Strindberg The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the operational and organizational dynamics of terrorism. It considers those who act as individuals, in small groups or in large organizations;… Continue Reading →

NS4133: The Psychology of Fear Management and Terrorism

Syllabus — text. Fathali Moghaddam and Jim Breckenridge. This course serves as an introduction for homeland security professionals to terrorism as a psychological phenomenon. Government agencies involved in homeland security need to understand the psychological consequences of mass-casualty terrorist attacks… Continue Reading →

The Adversarial Playground: adversaries manipulate media technology to their advantage

Video – interview. ISIS has honed and evolved its propaganda skills and continues to push out very effective messaging to its prospective recruits, in many cases radicalizing groups and individuals. Which approaches should be taken in finding the right strategy… Continue Reading →

The Radicalization Puzzle

Lecture/presentation – video. Mohammad Hafez This 20 minute lecture, by Dr. Mohammad Hafez of the Naval Postgraduate School examines the driving factors behind the process of radicalization, turning seemingly ordinary men and women into potential terrorists. The lecture is based… Continue Reading →

Introduction to Terrorism Typology, Targets and Organizations

Lecture/presentation — flash. Nadav Morag. According to Dr. Nadav Morag, “as with any other phenomenon, researchers and policy analysts who attempt to study terrorism are faced with the problem of defining the nature and boundaries of the phenomenon in question.”… 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 →

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 →

The Role of Isolation in Radicalization: How Important Is It?

Interview — video. Erin Hug. This thesis provides an in-depth analysis of three well-known terrorists in order to illuminate the role isolation plays in the radicalization process. By better understanding the contributing factors of radicalization, homeland security officials may be… Continue Reading →

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