Author: HSDL Staff

Protecting U.S. Nuclear Facilities from Terrorist Attack

"Protecting U.S. Nuclear Facilities from Terrorist Attack: Re-assessing the Current 'Design Basis Threat' Approach" The Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project of the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin has released a working paper entitled, "Protecting U.S. Nuclear Facilities from Terrorist Attack: Re-assessing the Current...

Fixing Our Broken Immigration System: The Economic Benefits of Providing a Path to Earned Citizenship

The Executive Office of the President has released a report titled, Fixing Our Broken Immigration System: The Economic Benefits of Providing a Path to Earned Citizenship. The report highlights "the economic benefits of providing a path to earned citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living and working in...

Economic Benefits of Increasing Electric Grid Resilience to Weather Outages

In a new report released by the Executive Office of the President,"Economic Benefits of Increasing Electric Grid Resilience to Weather Outages," the importance of modernizing the nation's electric grid is examined. The report, which builds off of President Obama's 2011 strategy, "A Policy Framework for the 21st Century Grid," argues...

Summer 2013 Newsletter

In this issue: climate change, IED use by domestic terrorists, QHSR Climate Change and Homeland Security Higher temperatures, widespread droughts, an increase of severe storm events- these weather based changes impact homeland security in many ways including resource allocation, response planning, energy, infrastructure and transportation protection and emergency management. U.S....

Comparing the Senate Immigration Bill with Individual Bills in the House – Two Sides of the Same Coin

The Senate and House have released a series of bills related to border security. Although they address many of the same issues, the Senate Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (S. 744) is a comprehensive act covering a range of immigration issues, including border security, infrastructure...

Indicators of Climate Change in California

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment of the California Environmental Protection Agency has released its newest report entitled, Indicators of Climate Change in California. The report examines the many facets of climate change in California, including the causes of climate change, the rate of change over time, and the...

Fixing Our Broken Immigration System: The Economic Benefits to Agriculture and Rural Communities

The White House has released a report on the Senate’s Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744). This bipartisan act aims to provide a path to citizenship for unauthorized farm workers through work. The report cites surveys which describe a picture of the role that illegal immigrants...

Report on the National Network of Fusion Centers

Last week, Michael McCaul, Chairman of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee , and Peter King, Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence , released a Majority Staff Report entitled “The National Network of Fusion Centers.” The report analyzes the effectiveness of fusion centers across the nation...

Economic Impact of Cybercrime and Cyber Espionage

The Center for Strategic and International Studies and McAfee, Inc. have published a report on the Economic Impact of Cybercrime and Cyber Espionage. From the report: “Is cybercrime, cyber espionage, and other malicious cyber activities what some call ‘the greatest transfer of wealth in human history,’ or is it what...