The next war will not come in the form of military tanks, ships, or bombers. The next war - bound by no physical boundaries - is called the cyber war. A greater dependency on technology is needed to win tomorrow’s fight. This technology provides us and our enemy easy access across each other’s borders (Gargan, 2016). Education will play a significant part in winning a cyber war and preparing proficient cyber warriors.
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Research methods can be classified in two different categories – quantitative and qualitative. We looked at the former method in the past, so it’s time to shine some light on the qualitative method and how it fits into your dissertation or scholarly research that you’re performing.
While quantitative research requires the collection of numerical data, qualitative research attempts to understand a specific organization or event and does not involve the collection of a numerical sample from a population.
Disorders of the brain – those “unseen diseases” – affect many millions of Americans from all walks of life. The men and women of the Armed Forces are not immune, with many returning from combat with some form of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), or other forms of combat exposure. These disorders are difficult to treat, with researchers working hard to fill in the missing gaps of knowledge.
Trident Ph.D. in Health Sciences student Jeffrey Nagy is one of these researchers. Nagy, who was a combat medic for the United States Army, understands these realities all too well, which is why he is in a prime position to address some of these gaps.
Valentine Cameron, a Regional Manager of Strategic Military and Community Relations for Trident, covers the Northeast region of the United States. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force, retiring after 24 years of service.
His leadership experience is extensive, covering some of the highest levels of the military, including work as a mission planner, planning multiple missions for the White House, Joints Chiefs of Staff, National Security Agency, and NASA. He also has high-level recruitment experience in the Air Force Recruitment Service, recruiting physicians, dentists, pilots, and engineers over the course of two wars.
- Be Focused & Have a Plan: You need to be focused on what you want to do after the military and how to achieve those goals. What do you want to do professionally? Where do you want to live? Make sure you have your transition plan in place, including your education.
It’s just like going outside the wire – you need to have everything planned and double-checked before you get out into the civilian world. This may be the most important thing on this list.
- Stay Motivated: It’s easy to allow yourself to feel down about leaving the military, even to the point of experiencing anxiety. If the military is all you’ve ever known, then it’s going to be a tough transition – but you can do it. Learn from the past, stay in the present, and stay focused on the future. This is the mindset that will keep you motivated.
Today, we are indeed all linked to each other by the Internet; we are using smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers. The Internet and digital data sharing, is not designed to be secure but to be open and accessible. Accessibility however, comes with threats, risk to data, risk to infrastructure security, and risk to system’s controls. The phrase cyber threat has become our reality.
By sea, 90% of the goods transported around the planet are by oil tankers and container vessels that travel our oceans (Wagstaff, 2014). The ships’ crews get smaller and ships get larger as we focus technology on automation, remote monitoring, and navigational systems, these can be cyber attacked. Researchers from the University of Texas verified that it was possible to change a ship's direction by simulating a GPS signal to target a ship’s onboard navigation system (Schmidt, 2015). Somali pirates are surfing the Internet for information that can help them with targeting vulnerable and valuable ships (Cyber; Information Security; Crime; Maritime, 2016). Pirates have the ability to access databases, which gives them access to a ship’s blueprints. Once they have the blueprints, they know where the ship is headed and what cargo is on board. (Klöcker, 2016).
Considering entering the disaster management or homeland security field, but not sure of how to go about it?
The first step is to review the job requirements, required experience, and degree requirements for a disaster manager position. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment for disaster managers is projected to grow 6% from 2014 to 2024. Current median salary is close to $65,000 with bachelor’s degree being the entry-level degree. Of note to those retired military or those anticipating retirement, military experience is a desirable background for some employers.
While the Flint water crisis can trace its origins back to April 2014, it has only become front page news in the past few months. This public health crisis was set in motion when the city of Flint, MI changed its water source from treated Detroit Water and Sewerage Department water to the Flint River.
This decision to make the switch, made by an emergency city manager appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, resulted in 6,000 to 12,000 children drinking water with a high level of lead, which will cost the city of Flint an estimated $100 million to resolve, according to WNEM. The highly polluted water from the Flint River caused lead from aging pipes to leak into the city’s water supply, and concerns were first raised by citizens in January 2015.
Dr. Frank Gomez, professor in the College of Health and Human Services, is one of Trident’s foremost experts in public health. He has a great deal of experience in this field, which includes serving as a lecturer and professor in health sciences and environmental health dating back to the ‘70s, serving on the State of California’s Environment Health Specialist Registration Committee, and professional studies and papers covering research areas like noise pollution, environmental health, wastewater, and air quality, among others.
Cover letters are the best way to introduce yourself to a potential employer. For most job openings they are a necessity – and a great way to get the hiring manager to review your resume.
An effective cover letter will not just sell your skills and qualifications, but will also sell you as a person – avoid regurgitating your resume! You will want to use language that paints a vivid picture about who you are and how you will add value to the hiring organization. By talking about how you can contribute through the use of concrete examples, you’ll be able to put yourself in the best position to be noticed.
The “perfect” cover letter should contain four main paragraphs:
The transition out of the military does not end when a veteran gets his or her first corporate job. Transitioning is a process of getting acclimated to this new culture, building one’s professional network, and learning what it takes to succeed. While the process is rewarding, it does come with its own set of frustrations.
What military skills will help you the most after you transition? Here’s some advice from Trident’s Outreach & Partnerships team:
Director, Strategic University Alliances
Veteran, United States Army
“My military experience helped me to become motivated, goal-oriented, and disciplined, all which has been invaluable in my professional life.”