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MITIGATING DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INSIDER ATTACKS AND MISCONDUCT: CRITICAL PERSONNEL SCREENING METHODOLOGIES WITHIN THE HUMAN CAPITAL ACQUISITION PROCESS

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Authors
Clapper, Michael T.
Subjects
self-report diagnostic assessments
mental health screening
insider threats
misconduct
Department of Defense
DOD
human capital acquisition
enhanced assessment profile
predisposition indicators
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Blanken, Leo J.
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2020-12
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Monterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate School
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Throughout the last decade, the Department of Defense (DOD) has experienced dozens of malicious insider attacks, causing significant damage to U.S. national security and the needless loss of life from mass shootings. Senior officials with the White House, the DOD, and other federal agencies have directed the development of new human-capital acquisitions processes to mitigate selecting federal civilians and military personnel who are susceptible to committing misconduct or insider attacks. The statistical relevance surrounding the DOD personnel problems associated with misconduct and significant insider attacks reinforces the need for reformed methodologies specifically directed toward the human-capital acquisitions process. This capstone report first demonstrates the scientific evidence and behavioral similarities associated with individuals who engage in misconduct and historical malicious insider attacks within the DOD. The intent is to then justify the implementation of innovative screening methodologies within the acquisition process to disqualify applicants with severe indicators of vulnerable predisposition precursors exhibited by individuals who commit misconduct and insider attacks. The report's recommended Enhanced Assessment Program focuses efforts on preliminarily screening tentative candidates for mental health disorders and personality traits as an initial point to identify the threat-vulnerable predisposition precursors for further evaluation.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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