Certificate in Gaming Homeland Security

Certificate in Gaming Homeland Security

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Certificate in Gaming Homeland Security
5 Day Course
30 August - 3 September 2021
10 AM to 6 PM ET
On-line (Zoom)

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MORS’ newest Certificate in Gaming Homeland Security will cover basic game design principles, but through the lens of homeland security. Specific topics include emergency response games, how to support the DHS Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP), local, state, and national level games, the National Exercise Program games, and games to explore the dynamics of response operations. Topics to be covered include natural and man-made disasters, transportation events, terrorism and public health response, mass casualties, active shooters and active policing.
The course will consist of lectures and exercises, with the exercises designed to help build confidence in the topic of homeland security game design.

Course Sections:

  • Game Design for Federal, State, and Local Response, including the HSEEP program
  • Games for Homeland Security and the National Exercise Program
  • Terrorism, Bio-security, and Public Health
  • Student Game Design Final Project

Our instructors have years of experience with designing homeland security games at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels. Combined, they have worked for multiple government agencies and have experience with a wide range of homeland security challenges. Visit the Instructor tab to view the full bios of the Instructors.


Dr. Mary “Kate” Fisher
Dr. Mary “Kate” Fisher

Dr. Fisher has more than 15 years of professional experience in agricultural policy, animal disease response, public health and medical operations and response, economic development, homeland security, exercises and games, and operations research and analysis. She has facilitated the development and evaluation of dozens of emergency management workshops, exercises, and serious games, and evaluated emergency responses to the COVID-19 and the H1N1 influenza pandemics, the Haiti Earthquake, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Sandy, and the Navy Yard active shooter incident. She currently supports the development of strategy, force structure and planning, and logistics wargames and serious games for federal departments and agencies and non-profit research organizations as an operations analyst at CNA. Fisher holds a Ph.D. in Planning, Governance, and Globalization, a Graduate Certificate in Economic Development, and a B.S. in Animal and Poultry Science all from Virginia Tech and an M.S. in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University.

Dr. Roger Mason
Dr. Roger Mason

Dr. Roger Mason retired after 29 years of public safety experience in Los Angeles County. For the past fifteen years he has specialized in emergency management and the development of wargames and exercises. He has designed over 50 emergency management and public safety wargames and hybrid game/functional exercises. His clients include National Defense University, Penn State University, the University of Hawaii, the US Army, and the CNA Corporation. Dr. Mason has served as the wargaming professor for the Institute for Intelligence Analysis, Juan Carlos University, Madrid Spain. Mason is a published author on the topic of wargames. He is the co-founder of LECMgt, a strategic management firm based in Camarillo, California. He holds a Ph. D in Management and Decision sciences from Walden University and an M.A. in Public Administration from the California State University, Northridge. He retired after 37 years of service with the Air National Guard/ USAF Reserve.

Dr. Ed McGrady
Dr. Ed McGrady

Adjunct Senior Fellow, Center for New American Security
Instructor and Course Coordinator on Gaming, Military Operations Research Society
Principal, MonksHood Media LLC

Dr. Ed McGrady writes, speaks, and teaches on the design of professional games. He is an adjunct senior fellow in the Gaming Lab at CNAS, teaches and manages game design courses for MORS/Virginia Tech, and runs a business devoted to using games and game techniques to bring innovative experiences in new areas. In the past, Dr. McGrady built and directed a team of 10-20 analysts at CNA devoted to the design and execution of professional games devoted to chemical and biological response operations, including domestic response operations. His team constructed exercises, games, and analyses on a broad range of homeland security, counterterrorism, and chemical, biological, and radiological defense operations. As part of that effort, he deployed analysts in support of the analyses of real-world events. Dr . McGrady also deployed as an analyst with US Forces in Haiti during operation Uphold Democracy, onboard USS Nimitz for Desert Storm and with operational E-2C squadrons.

Dr. McGrady holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan and has published extensively in the Chemical Engineering, physics, and national security literature and is the author of Roll to Save: Gaming Disease Response (2021).



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