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New Theses Released from U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Cover Topics From USBP Effectiveness to Mass Shootings

In the newest round of theses released from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, a number of hot topic issues are addressed. The following projects, on the Effectiveness U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) and Mass Shootings in the U.S., are of particular interest:

"Analysis of the Development and Effectiveness of the United States Border Patrol Strategic Plans, 1994-2013," by USBP Field Operations Supervisor Jeffrey D. Stalnaker, discusses past and current activities of USBP. "This thesis analyzes the three strategies that the USBP developed since their inception in 1924. It reviews the themes of the three strategies and identifies their variations as the environment along the southwest border and the USBP as an organization changed over time. In order to assess the environment along the southwest border, the author examined the following variables: Political, Military, Economic, Social, Infrastructure, and Information (PMESII). In order to assess the USBP, the author analyzed the following variables: Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership, Personnel, and Facilities (DOTMLPF). The use of these two methods of analysis throughout the three time frames during which each strategy was implemented, assisted to provide a similar research and comparison basis for each strategy."

"Mass Shootings in the United States: Common Characteristics and Predictive Behaviors," by U.S. Air Force (USAF) Major John W. Jansheski, addresses the growing problem of mass shootings in the United States. "Seemingly random armed attacks against groups of unarmed individuals occur at a higher rate in the United States than other countries. In response, during the preceding decade institutions increased security, law enforcement agencies changed response procedures, and communities acted to mitigate threats. Despite these efforts, the incidents continue to occur at a steady rate each year. This thesis studies mass shooting incidents based on available information to determine common characteristics. The purpose is to compare the individual characteristics across multiple cases to facilitate a better understanding of commonalities and predictive behaviors."

The HSDL is home to these and more than four hundred other theses from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, which are available for viewing in our open source collection.