In the Line of Fire: Safeguarding America's Election Security   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the thesis Abstract: "The U.S. electoral system and democracy are under continued attack by foreign adversaries and political extremists intent on manipulating U.S. elections. Election officials and homeland security stakeholders must search for alternative methods to help strengthen the resiliency of the system. The question then becomes: How can red teaming and systems thinking be applied to reinforce the integrity of the U.S. electoral system? The goal is to analyze the system in its entirety to ensure the system in place can support a free and fair election and withstand an attack from an adversary. This research studies how the rapid implementation of universal mail-in voting created the opportunity for political activists to cast doubt on the validity of the election results. By applying systems thinking to the implementation of mail-in voting, election officials would have identified the additional challenges in advance and employed security protocols and alternative options to mitigate potential threats. To test security protocols in place, stakeholders should employ red teaming vulnerability probes. The vulnerability probes will assist in determining how effective the protocols are and if alternatives need to be established. Stakeholders should consider employing the use of systems thinking and red teaming to identify vulnerabilities and reinforce the integrity of the U.S. electoral system."

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Naval Postgraduate School, Dudley Knox Library: https://calhoun.nps.edu/
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Cohort CA1905/1906
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