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Research Papers & Presentations

CTPP Fellows participate in a two-semester research symposium designed exclusively for them to explore topical areas in more depth. Together with a faculty mentor, each fellow produces a piece of original research in national security.

These research papers and presentations are available to the public for review. Written permission was given by the respective authors. The views expressed in student academic research papers are those of the authors and do not reflect the official policy or position of Duke University, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

2022

Links will be provided as received.

Somalia: An Analysis of Social Fit
COL John Bishop, U.S. Army Special Forces Officer
Final Paper | Final Presentation

Be All You Can Be…Like Your Parents: Occupational Inheritance of the Army Profession
LTC Kevin Consedine, U.S. Army Aviation Officer
Final Paper | Final Presentation

Improving recruitment of African Americans into the Special Agent job role at the Federal Bureau of Investigation
Khadijah Davis, FBI Supervisory Special Agent
Final Paper | Final Presentation

The Power of Foreign Influence and
Interference in Academia
Olga Delgado, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, National Security Expert
Final Paper | Final Presentation

Addressing the Reintegration Challenges Faced by Foreign Terrorist Fighter Family Members Returning to the United States from Middle East Internally Displaced Persons Camps
Graham Grove, FBI Supervisory Intelligence Analyst
Final Paper | Final Presentation

Aligning Culture with Purpose: Preparing Special Forces for Strategic Competition
COL Ben Jahn, U.S. Army Special Forces Officer
Final Paper | Final Presentation

Winning Small: Lessons in Military Intervention from Oman and Syria
LTC Derek Noel, U.S. Army Infantry Officer
Final Paper | Final Presentation

Applying Psychological Theory to Public Diplomacy: How U.S. Government Programs Counter Violent Extremism
Drake Weisert, U.S. Army
Final Paper | Final Presentation


2021

Quantum Computing and Its Potential Implications to Cryptology
Jenny Arnold, Senior Civil Servant in the Department of Defense
Final Paper | Final Presentation

The Lost American Voice in Political Warfare
LTC Randee Farrell, US Army Public Affairs Officer
Final Paper | Final Presentation

The Army Owes Courtney Massengale His Due: Qualities of a General Staff Officer
COL Jon Harvey, U.S. Army Field Artillery Officer
Final Paper | Final Presentation

Directed Energy Neuroweapons: Coercive Competition’s Tool of Choice
LTC Tina Hayes, Nuclear Counterproliferation and Countering WMD Specialist
Final Paper | Final Presentation

Taking Risks in Diplomacy: Finding the Right Balance for US Engagement
Margalit Murray, Supervisory Special Agent, US Department of State
Final Paper | Final Presentation

Effectively Integrating Army Civilians in Tactical Units
COL Matt Ross, US Army Special Operations Officer
Final Paper | Final Presentation

Examining Police Militarization
Matthew Whittemore, FBI Supervisory Special Agent
Final Paper | Final Presentation


2020

Beyond Belief – When Conspiracies Are More Believable Than Truth:
Battling the Kinetic Counter Narrative in Combat
COL Dave Butler, 2020 Final Paper | Final Presentation

There is an Identity Crisis in Special Forces: Who are the Green Berets Supposed to Be?
COL Ed Croot, 2020 Final Paper | Final Presentation

A Thousand Dead Indian Horses: Soldiering in a Complex Environment
COL Matthew Gomlak, 2020 Final Paper | Final Presentation

How Fast is Fast Enough? SOF Acquisition & Emerging Technology
Aaron Honey, 2020  Final Paper | Final Presentation

Searching from Within: The Challenge of Intraorganizational Recruitment in Specialized Units
LTC Michael Mourouzis, 2020 Final Paper | Final Presentation

Community Counterterrorism: Assessing Criticism of the FBI’s Interactions with the Muslim Community
Neil Reedy , 2020 Final Presentation


2019

Additive Manufacturing: Special Operations Forces Capacity Production at the Point of Need
COL Joseph Blanton, 2019  Final Paper | Final Presentation

America First ≠ America Alone: Morocco as Model Counterterrorism Partner
COL James Cogbill, 2019  Final Paper | Final Presentation

Optimizing Our Army for the Millennial Generation
COL Shane Finison, 2019  Final Paper | Final Presentation

21st Century Statecraft and the Return of Great Power Competition: An Interagency Framework for Non-Traditional Threats
COL Michael Rose, 2019  Final Paper | Final Presentation


2018

The Complexity of Achieving Stability in Sirte, Libya
COL Nate Prussian, 2018 Final Paper | Final Presentation

The Millennial Challenge: Evaluating the Assimilation of Millennials into the Army Officer Corps
COL James McGahey, 2018 Final Paper| Final Presentation

The Hot Seat: Assessing Military Crisis Communication
COL Scott Rawlinson, 2018 Final PaperFinal Presentation

The Past, Present and Future of the National Security Strategy
COL Gabe Barton, 2018 Final Paper| Final Presenation


2017

Political Warfare Lessons from the Cold War
COL R. Chris Black, 2017 Final Paper | Final Presentation

Improving Public-Private Collaboration between the DoD and Non-Federal Entities
COL Wesley F. MacMullen, 2017 Final Paper | Final Presentation

United States Senate Confirmations for Four-star Military Officers: Effectiveness & Efficiency
CDR Jay C. Sego, 2017 Final Presentation

FAA: An Undervalued Combat Multiplier
LTC Matthew R. Weinshel, 2017 Final Paper | Final Presentation

Challenges to Stability Assistance in Rojava: A United States Policy Option
LTC Joseph W. Wortham, 2017 Final Paper | Final Presentation


2016

Improving Logistics Agility Through Additive Manufacturing
COL Aaron J. Cook, 2016 Final Paper | Final Presentation

Expanding the War College Fellowships: Reconnecting the Army to America
COL Lawrence G. Ferguson, 2016 Final Paper | Final Presentation

Small Robots with Strategic Effects
LTC Jasper Jeffers, 2016 Final Paper | Final Presentation

Tale of Three Systems: Formalizing an Operational Interagency Management Process
LTC Anthony B. Poole, 2016 Final Paper | Final Presentation

Pi Shaped Officers: Developing Naval Officers to Lead in the Converged Cyberspace and Electromagnetic Spectrum Domains
LTC Brian P. Schultz, 2016 Final Paper | Final Presentation

Building Better Security Partners: What we have learned from the past and how it applies today
COL Geoff T. Stewart, 2016 Final Paper | Final Presentation


2015

Employing Merchant Vessels for Offshore Presence and Launch of US Military Operations
LTC Chavius G. Lewis, 2015 Final Paper | Final Presentation

Enhancing Congressional Oversight of DOD Clandestine Activities: A Case Study of SOF CT Paramilitary Operations
COL Joshua M. Rudd, 2015 Final Paper | Final Presentation

Legalized Marijuana and Divergent Enlistment Policies
COL David P. Shafer, 2015 Final Paper | Final Presentation

Targeted Killings: Is Organizational Decapitation an Effective Counterterrorism Strategy?
LTC J. Todd Turner, 2015 Final Paper | Final Presentation


2014

Growing the Ranks of African-American Infantry and Armor Officers
COL Ronald P. Clark, 2014 – Final Paper | Final Presentation

Missile Defense and China
LTC Paul T. Darling, 2014 – Final Paper

The Army’s Role in Domestic Disaster Response: Preparing for the Next Catastrophe
LTC Neal S. Mitsuyoshi, 2014 – Final Paper | Final Presentation

The Delta of Command: The Increasing Gap Between Character and Competence in the Navy’s Commanding Officer Screening and Selection
CPT Milton J. Sands III, 2014 – Final Paper

Counterterrorism Partners for the Future: Indicators of Effective Partner Relationships
COL James A. Wanovich, 2014 – Final Paper | Final Presentation


2013

Retaining Officer Talent
COL Nathan B. Hunsinger Jr, 2013 – Final Paper