Paper #1 Topics and Starter Resources


Issue Paper #1 Topics (Microsoft Word Document)

Issue Paper #1

There will be two issue papers for this course.  Each will be 5-7 pages in length and strictly follow APA 6th Edition format.  The first paper will be due by the end of Week 3 and the second by the end of Week 6.  For each paper, you will choose from the list of topics below, or you may propose an alternative topic by email or message that requires instructor approval.

Each paper must reference a minimum of three scholarly articles.  (For a definition and instructions on locating scholarly articles, see the UMUC library website  Three is a minimum; therefore, three is minimally meeting the standard (C – grade).  More than three is required for maximum credit in the resources category of the grading rubric.   Other sources should be evaluated for their credibility (just because it is on the web does not mean it is an accurate trusted source). I have given you a start with at least one scholarly article listed for each topic.

The issue must also be linked to experience in at least one critical incident as part of the discussion.  Previous incidents will be discussed in the scholarly articles; more information can be developed directly from AAR reports.  See the list of AARs that I have developed and please let me know of any others that can be added to the list.

The paper should also reference any relevant government policy.

For each topic I have given you a start with links to scholarly articles and one or more other important resources.  This is a start, if you write the paper from just the sources I provide it will be severely lacking.  Not all resources are directly available from the link.  You may have to look it up in the UMUC library to access the article.  I have not formatted these as APA resources; they are simply titles and links.  I am giving you a head start here, not running the whole race for you!  You will also want to closely examine the syllabus for other articles that apply to your selected topic.

Issue Paper #1: Topics

1)      Creativity and Improvisation in Response Operations

Scholarly Articles:

Improvisation, Creativity, and the Art of Emergency Management:

Planning to improvise: the importance of creativity and flexibility in crisis response (Library):

2)      Pro-Social and Anti-Social Behavior in Critical Incidents

Anticipating Human Behavior in Disasters:

Looting and Anti-Social Behavior in Disasters: 

3)      Role of Mass Media in Critical Incidents

Local mass media operations in disasters in the USA (Library):

Disaster Response: Principles of Preparation and Coordination (Chapter 10):

4)      Leadership in Critical Incidents

The Collapse of Sensemaking in Organizations: The Mann Gulch Disaster:

Speech by Admiral Thad Allen on Leadership in Disaster:

5)      Logistics in Critical Incidents

An emergency logistics distribution approach for quick response to urgent relief demand in disasters (Library):

Emergency relief logistics: an evaluation of military, non-military and composite response models (Library):

Issues in managing disaster relief inventories (Library):

6)      Crowd Behavior in Critical Incidents

Crowd behavior at mass gatherings: a literature review:

Contextualising the crowd in contemporary social science:

7)      Inter-Agency Communication in Critical Incidents

Interoperability: Stop Blaming the Radio:      Federalism and the Response to Critical Incidents

Mega-Disasters and Federalism:

Federalism and Its Impact on Emergency Response to Disasters and Catastrophes:

9) CBRNE Operations

“Al Qaeda Weapons of Mass Destruction Threat: Hype or Reality?” Rolf Mowatt-Larssen

“Improvised Nuclear Device Response and Recovery Communicating in the Immediate Aftermath”

“The Four Faces of Nuclear Terrorism” Charles D. Ferguson and William C. Potter 


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