Author: Daniel Marone

September 11, 2001: 15 Years Later

Day in and day out the librarians and content analysts of the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) walk past an image that hangs on the wall of our break room.  The image is actually two images.  On the top is a picture of the New York City skyline with the...

Countering the Biases of Big Data: The Challenges and Opportunities of Technological Innovation

In 2012, the Obama Administration launched the “Big Data Research and Development Initiative”, with the goal of transforming the nation’s “ability to use Big Data for scientific discovery, environmental and biomedical research, education, and national security.” Harnessing the power of big data, though useful, does come with its challenges.  Specifically...

Thought U.S. Police Departments Were the Best? WISPI Says Otherwise!

The inaugural World Internal Security and Police Index (WISPI), which “aims to measure the ability of the security apparatus within a country to respond to internal security challenges, both now and in the future,” was recently released by the International Police Science Association (IPSA).  The report scores 127 countries on...

Osama Bin Laden the Environmentalist?: New Batch of Documents Released From “Bin Laden’s Bookshelf”

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) recently released a second batch of declassified material taken from Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan after his successful execution by U.S. Navy SEALs in May of 2011.  This second release comes almost a year after the initial release of...

U.S. Government Takes Steps to Improve Federal Background Investigations

Upon the successful completion of the 90-Day Suitability and Security Review , that was initiated by the Obama Administration after the increase in cybersecurity attacks last year, the Administration recently announced the implementation of two major changes that will help “modernize and strengthen the way we conduct background investigations and...

Paris Terrorist Attacks: HSDL Highlights Information Resources

With the recent terrorist attacks in Paris being broadcast globally via news outlets and social media, it is only natural for citizens and policy makers to begin asking questions and seek out information regarding the attacks.  Questions about who the attackers were, why they attacked Paris, and whether the United...

Modernization of U.S. Federal Cybersecurity Improving, but More Work Is Still Needed

Tony Scott, the Federal Chief Information Officer, recently outlined in a blog post some of the improvements the U.S. government has made with regards to modernizing cybersecurity policies, systems, and infrastructure in an effort to better defend against the ever-increasing cyber attacks that threaten our national security every day. These...

USGS ‘Eggcelling’ with Bird Flu Research Strategy

The first thing most consumers check when purchasing eggs at a grocery store is whether or not any of them are broken, but nowadays consumers are checking something else even before they reach for the carton…the price.  The recent outbreak of avian influenza viruses, including the highly pathogenic avian influenza...

“Climate Change Does Not Exist!”

That is what some skeptics might say nowadays, but a recent independent report commissioned by the G7 members (United States of America, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom) argues otherwise.  The report, titled “A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks“, focuses on...

Move Over ISIS…Right-Wing Extremism Now the Top Threat to American Law Enforcement Agencies

With so much media attention focused on the recent Islamic extremist threats to American citizens and their communities, other extremist groups, most notably right-wing extremists, are the groups that Americans should really be worried about. Extremist group experts from the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, Charles Kurzman and...