The Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security (DMGS)

The Managing Disruption and Violence (MDV) Program provides theoretical and practical training to help students gain a better understanding of the persuasive communication principles, concepts, and processes organizations need to address the potential or active threat of disruptive or violent group behavior.

. . . theoretical and practical training on persuasive communication principles, concepts, and processes to address the potential or active threat of disruptive or violent group behavior…

Managing Disruption and Violence Program

National Security and commercial organizations face increasingly complex problems today.

  • Terrorists using communications to recruit followers, influence populations and support achieving their goals.
  • Potentially disruptive or violent civil protests.
  • Foreign use of communications (content) to disrupt governance and policy.
  • Activists or competitors disrupting commercial businesses.

Societal and technological changes over recent decades have dramatically changed the dynamics of these threats. The right use of persuasive communications can not only mitigate these threats, but also can often preempt or solve them. The wrong use of communications can greatly exacerbate the problem.  Knowing how to engage and persuade in a predictably and measurably successful way is a complex and multi-disciplinary problem.

Program Learning Objectives

Graduates of the MDV degree program will be able to:

  • Understand, recognize and apply the principles and concepts of IRV methodology for Managing Disruption and Violence.
  • Understand and apply the processes of IRV strategy development and Measures of Effectiveness (MOE) for Managing Disruption and Violence.
  • Analyze and evaluate real-world communications and strategy for effectiveness.
  • Create predictably successful communication strategies through use of IRV principles, concepts and processes for Managing Disruption and Violence.
  • Effectively communicate in writing and oral presentations.
Kevin McCarty, M.A.

Program Chair

Kevin McCarty served under Presidents Obama and Bush at the National Security Council Staff as the Director for Global Outreach, where he was responsible for the coordination across government of what was known as the “War of Ideas” to counter terrorism. Prior to that he served at the Central Intelligence Agency and as an E-2C Naval Flight Officer. His service in the Navy consisted of many carrier and detached deployments around the world supporting many missions including no-fly zones, contingency, multi-national exercises and counter-drug operations. He served as a squadron Commanding Officer, a Joint Service Officer and is a TOPGUN graduate.