News | May 29, 2020

Research by CWMD Graduate Fellows


Master’s Theses

Luke J. O’Brien, Constrained Cognition: Information Management and the Practical Limits of Nuclear Escalation Control

Michael LaDon Cribb, Japan: Nuclearizing the Reclining Dragon? 

Patricia Rohrbeck, Concurrent Biological, Electromagnetic Pulse, and Cyber Attacks—A Challenge to the Interagency Response.*

Dana Lynn Trezciak, The Church, the Constitution, and Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Role of the Church of England in Developing British Weapons of Mass Destruction Policy

*Thesis subsequently published in article length.


Master’s Degree Research Projects

Judd Mahfouz, Master’s Degree Research Project: “The Utility of Advanced Hypersonic Weapons to Enhance Deterrence

Kathleen Ellis, Master’s Degree Research Project: “North Korea’s Private Markets: A Strategic Opportunity for United States Influence”.

Candace Williams, Master’s Degree Research Project: “Emerging Concerns of Synthetic Biology”.

Todd J. Savage, Master’s Degree Research Project: “Preventing the Use of Chemical Agents for Political Assassinations: Tailored Financial Deterrence Strategy”.

Charles T. Compton, Master’s Degree Research Project: “No First-Use is a Non-Starter for U.S. Nuclear Policy”.

Thomas J. Rogers, Master’s Degree Research Project: “Time to Improve CWMD Operational and Intelligence Capabilities

Hamlet B. Burgos, Master’s Degree Research Project: “No Place in Latin America for Nuclear Weapons”.

Robert J. Garcia, Master’s Degree Research Project: “Domestic Terrorists: Enemies of the State”.

Sarah Pisarcik, Master’s Degree Research Project: “The Last Straw: Could the China Pakistan Economic Corridor Induce India to Change its Nuclear Policy?”

Briana Marie Stephan, Master’s Degree Research Project: “Cyber as a WMD: Exploring Cyber Dependencies and a Healthcare Sector Scenario”.

Howard C. Titzel, Master’s Degree Research Project: “The Electromagnetic Pulse – A Threat to America’s Critical Infrastructure”.

William J. Lange, Jr., Master’s Degree Research Project: “United States Nuclear Weapon Workforce: Troubling Trends”.

Jocolby W. Phillips, Master’s Degree Research Project: “The Need for Recapitalization of the United States Nuclear Enterprise”.

Kevin J. Latman, Master’s Degree Research Project: “How to Save The Chemical Weapons Convention”.

Linda K. Wallace, Master’s Degree Research Project: “Public Preparedness for WMD Events and WMD-Like Events”.

Mark G. Porter, Master’s Degree Research Project: “Restructuring Biodefense for the 21st Century”.

Sarah Gamm, Master’s Degree Research Project: “Water as WMD”.

Robert S. Boyles III, Master’s Degree Research Project: “The Nexus of Artificial Intelligence and Weapons of Mass Destruction”.

Paul A. Sigler, Master’s Degree Research Project: “Deterring Chemical Butchery: A U.S.-Led Supplement to the OPCW”.

Tia S. Ross, Master’s Degree Research Project: “Weaponizing Space”.

Albert D. Daniels, Master’s Degree Research Project: “A Case for Including Fentanyls in The Chemical Weapons Convention”.

Brittany A. Harris, Master’s Degree Research Project: “Christian Thought and the Moral Permissibility of Nuclear Weapons”.

Valja Collingwood, Master’s Degree Research Project: “Space: A Nuclear Domain”.

James R. McCue, Master’s Degree Research Project: “Replacing Strategic Nuclear Effects”.

Jenny L. Naylor, Master’s Degree Research Project: “Reconstructing Deterrence in the Indo-Pacific”.

Sandeep Kumar, Master’s Degree Research Project: “Biotechnology and Bioterrorism: Deadly Nexus”.

Kevin M. McCarthy, Master’s Degree Research Project: “Carfentanyl: The Next Chemical Warfare Agent”.

James T. O’Shaughnessy, “Russia’s Relationship with The United States: Still the Same Old Nuclear Threat”.

Marchal Magee, Master’s Degree Research Project: “Understanding Motives as the Key to Solving the North Korean and Iranian Nuclear Problem”.

Punna K. Hayes, Master’s Degree Research Project: “Defining ‘Surety’”.*

Stephanie Lynn Hoffman (Houle), Master’s Degree Research Project: “Inadequacies of Cold War Deterrence: Lessons Learned From Palestinian Suicide Bombings”.

Shane Wilde, Master’s Degree Research Project: “Civil Defense: A Re-Evaluation of the Fanciful”.

Sarah E. Davenport, Master’s Degree Research Project: “Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities of and Threats to U.S. Nuclear Surety”.

James O. Campbell, Jr., Master’s Degree Research Project: “Brazil As A Future ‘Nuclear Weapons Club’ Member”.

William M. Gay, Jr., Master’s Degree Research Project: “21st Century U.S. Nuclear Force: A Move From Schelling To Kahn”.

Melissa K.M. Galazin, Master’s Degree Research Project: “WMD and the Arctic”.

Jeanine L. Frazier, Master’s Degree Research Project: “Matching the Missile Threat in the Middle East”.

Alexi D. D. Franklin, Master’s Degree Research Project: “Optimizing the Army’s CBRNE Force Structure”.*

Alan V. Tompkins, Jr., Master’s Degree Research Project: “Bioscavengers: Prioritizing A Safe Medical Countermeasure”.

Sean R. Watterson, Master’s Degree Research Project: “Enhance Research Into Synthetic Biology”.*

Thomas F. Moore, Master’s Degree Research Project: “Entomological ‘Weapons’ of Mass Destruction”.*

Habibatu A. Mojidi, Master’s Degree Research Project: “Nano-Bio Sensors to Conduct Biosurveillance”.*

Richard C. Robbins, Master’s Degree Research Project: The Future of Hypersonic Strike Weapons in Precision Guided Strike, Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Brinkmanship”.*

David H. Perkins, Master’s Degree Research Project: “Cyber—The Other WMD”.

Keith L. Nelson, Master’s Degree Research Project: “Little Green Men, Nuclear Weapons, and NATO”.

Nicholas Stamatakis III, “Biological Weapons and Medical Countermeasures”.

Thomas D. Moon, “Been Here Before: Arms Control Lessons for Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems”.

Daniel R. Alcorn, “The Dark Web as a Weapons of Mass Destruction Information Exchange”.

Daniel R. Easington, “Nuclear Deterrence: Herman Kahn Versus Thomas Schelling”.

A. Mark Diglio, “Master’s Degree Research Project: “Nuclear Survival: Schelling Versus Kahn”.

Julius Owens, “In the Eye of a Biological Storm: U.S. Medical Countermeasures Inadequacies for a Catastrophic Bio Epidemic in the United States”. 

Lourdes Elman, “Relevance or Obsolescence of The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty”. 

Sean E. Asbury, “The Nuclear Threat from Nation-States in 2043”.

James R. Guthrie, “Drone Attacks: The Future of Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism”. 

Michelle Witt, “A Nuclear Japan.” 

Frederick S. Johnson III, “The Russian Undersea Nuclear Threat”. 

Tolan M. Pica, “A Post-Brexit Future of the UK’s Nuclear Weapons Program”

Jacqueline D. Yearby-Wade, “U.S. Biodefense: 21st Century Challenges”. William M. Reding, “Missile Defense: Nuclear Foil or Catalyst for Conflict?”. 

Terrance L. Allen, “Biodefense: Exploiting The “Window of Opportunity”.

Calvin Chue, Ph.D., “Counting Imaginary Beans: WMD Surety Sense and Non-sense”.

William T. Eckles, “Importing Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Problem of the United States’ Selectively-Permeable Border”.*

Joshua D. Foss, “Plutonium and Picasso—A Typology of Nuclear and Fine Art Smuggling”.*

Anthony A. Osborne, “The Future Challenges of Chemical Weapon Employment”.

George Núñez, “Applicability of Nuclear Deterrence Theory to Cyber Attack Deterrence”.*

John B. Foley, “The United States is not Adequately Prepared to Respond to an Epidemic as a Result of a Bioterrorist Attack”.*

Anna Marie Siegert, “Same Tune, Different Verse: Enduring Problems of Cold War Nuclear Policy”.

Benjamin A. Ruschell, “America’s Nuclear Insecurity”.

Joseph M. Burke, “Building the Nuclear Deterrent of 2035”.*

Jaclyn L. de Jacquant, “WMD Technologies March On While Policies Mark Time”.

Domah W. Diggs, “The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action: Global Benefit or Liability?”

Daniel C. Sproull, “Kinetic Energy Weapons: The Fifth WMD”.*

John W. Andrews, “Additive Manufacturing and the Implications for Nuclear Proliferation”.*

Craig S. Roblyer, Sr. “Centralized Management of United States Nuclear Command and Control Communications (NC3)”.* 

Kevin X. Sullivan, “Shaping Norms to Delegitimize Nuclear Weapons”. 

Luke L. Fabiunke, “Anticipating the Future: Preventing the Convergence of Unmanned Systems and Weapons of Mass Destruction”.

Michael J. Kwon, “Optimizing the CWMD Enterprise: Establishment of Interagency CWMD Management System”.*

Brian E. Mathias, “The U.S. Nuclear Enterprise: A Trajectory to Address Future Challenges”.*

Robert J. Dunlap, Ph.D., “Reassessing U.S. Biodefense Policy: Pandemics and Bioterrorism”.

Cindy Ann Landgren, “Report of the 9/11 Commission: Implications for the U.S. Food Supply”.*

William Peyton Dobbins III, “Ethical Justification for the Employment of Nuclear Weapons in Light of the Canonical Ethical Systems of the Western Intellectual Tradition”.*

Quan Hai T. Lu, “Cyber-Attacks—the 21st Century Challenge to Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction”.*

John Schmitt, “Planning for the U.S. Nuclear Force in the Post-New START Decades”.*

Matthew J. Moakler, “Biosecurity in Dual-Use Research”. *

Donald E. Parman, “The Perils of Unilateral Reductions to the United States Nuclear Force”.*

Tracy L. Wentworth, “2005 United States–India Nuclear Agreement: A Bad Policy Decision by the United States”. 

Nizamettin Gul, “Winning the Battle of Ideas: A Crucial Step for Countering WME Terrorism”.

Kristen Herring, “Role of Science in Biodefense Policy: A Case Study of the BioWatch Program”.

Chi Kwan Cheung, “An Opposing View to the Conclusions of The Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Commission”.

Kia L. Hopkins, “Strengthening Biological Security Policies to Deter Biological Weapon Proliferation”.

Timothy W. Fisher, “Improving the Intelligence Community’s Contribution to Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction”.*

David Frank Grieco, “Agroterrorism: Addressing the Fallacies of the Inter-Agency Response Concept to Agricultural Terrorism in the United States”.*

Emily J. Mason, “‘Non-Nuclear’ Nuclear States: The Case of Pakistan”.

Edward C. Reynolds III, “Saudi Acquisition of Nuclear Weapons—Inevitable or Preventable?”

Jeffrey W. Smith, “Critique of the WMD Commission Case Study on Iraq”.

Kristie Ann Robson, “‘Chavismo’ and Iranian Influence Live On”.  Teddy Matthew Damour, “The Importance of the United States’ Engagement with Pakistan”.

Brendan G. Melley, “WMD Terrorism—Hype or Imminent Threat?”* 

William Lionel West II, “Enhancing the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons”.

Michael Juergen Ullrich, “The Proliferation Threat to US Interests from Pakistan’s Nuclear Weapons Program in Terms of Nuclear Surety Matters”.

*Research Project subsequently published in article length.