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Is there a Disconnect Between Professional and Citizen Views of Terrorism?

Do average Americans and disaster management professionals differ in their views about the threats facing the country and from where the threats might come? Is there agreement among emergency management professionals on how the public views the government’s ability to deal with national disasters (

Fields of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Booming

In an article published on September 30, 2011 in the Gazette.Net, titled Emergency management and security are booming fields in Maryland, nationally, online staff writer Kevin James Shay points to the current growth and future prospects in the fields of emergency management and homeland security. Please see the article at:

An update: A decade after 9/11, are we better prepared for a major emergency?

As I shared in a recent post, Capella University partnered with several leading public service organizations on a major survey research project. Our partners included the International Association of Emergency Managers, the American Public Health Association, the American Society for Public Administration, the Comprehensive Emergency Management Research Foundation and the FBI National Academy Associates.

The Attacks in Norway

We join the Norwegian people in mourning the death of those lost in the recent terrorist attack. It is alleged that on July 22, 2011, 32-year-old, Anders Behring Breivik, a Norwegian citizen, bombed government buildings in Oslo, Norway, and was also responsible for the mass killing at a Labour Party youth camp (on the island […]

Capella University Faculty Member Co-Authors New Books

Dr. Henry Christen, a faculty member with the School of Public Service Leadership, has co-authored two books, one on responding to terrorism and another on the National Incident Management System It is our pleasure to announce that Dr. Christen has co-authored a new book that is a pragmatic guide for responding to terrorism incidents. “Homeland […]

A “Duh” Moment

Ever have a “duh” moment? It seems to me the older I get, the more of those moments I have. I thought I would share my most recent “duh” moment with you, because it truly relates to public safety. If I do my part of acting on it, and you do your part of acting […]

America’s Critical Infrastructure

A 2009 report released yesterday by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave the country’s critical infrastructure a cumulative grade of “D”. Critical infrastructure (CI) includes things like roads, bridges, dams, water and waste treatment plants, energy and aviation, to name just a few of the areas receiving very low marks. This ASCE report […]

Another Terrible Anniversary

           Another terrible anniversary looms, one that we all wish had never happened. In September of 2001, the way we did our public safety jobs changed forever. We watched as planes crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania. The day soon was dubbed “9/11”. This is a date […]

Dr. Marian Mosser joins Capella public safety faculty team

I am proud to announce that Dr. Marian Mosser has joined the Capella public safety faculty team. Marian retired from the U.S. Army in 1997 at the rank of lieutenant colonel and during her career in the military she coordinated with FBI, CIA, NSA officials and foreign intelligence and security officials to investigate and deter […]

Terrorism Theorists 101

Two preeminent and respected scholars in the United States, Dr. Bruce Hoffman and Dr. Marc Sageman are apparently in disagreement regarding the structure and development of terror cells and terror organizations. Both scholars have diverse and expert backgrounds and have conducted significant research on terrorists, terror cells, and terror organizations.

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Dr. Steven Barthelmeus
Program Chair,
Public Safety – Criminal Justice/Forensics program, Capella University
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Dr. Shelly Gill
Adjunct Instructor, Capella University
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Dr. Joseph Pascarella
Core Faculty Member, Capella University
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Dr. Jeffrey Rush
Asst. Professor of Criminal Justice/Homeland Security, Dept. of Public Management and Criminal Justice, Austin Peay State University
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Dr. Michael Kemp
Chair, Emergency Management, Capella University
Melissa Beasley
Captain, Florence Alabama Police Department
Darryl Jones
Capella University Learner and Chief, Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire
Dr. Laura Pettler
Investigator for Prosecutorial District Twenty A of North Carolina
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Capella University Learner
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Capella University Learner, Retired Asst. Fire Chief


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