Author: HSDL Staff

New Survey Released of Law Enforcement Officers’ Opinions on Gun Control

Gun Policy & Law Enforcement: Survey Results Yesterday, April 10th, a new survey on gun policy was released by PoliceOne.com. The survey was conducted in March 2013 and included more than 15,000 verified law enforcement professionals. The survey was “aimed to bring together the thoughts and opinions of the only...

New Study Evaluates Effectiveness of Crew Sizes in High-Rise Fires

A new study from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) finds that that firefighting crews of five or six members are significantly faster in putting out fires and completing search-and-rescue operations when responding to fires in high-rise buildings than crews of three or four. This research will greatly...

Immigration Reform: A System for the 21st Century

Yesterday, Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy held a public conference, “Immigration Reform: A System for the 21st Century,” where immigration experts, scholars, and political figures debated issues and solutions related to immigration reform in the U.S. Fourteen working papers were submitted to and presented at the conference, one...

New Report Offers a Long-Term Strategy on Iran

On Thursday, April 4th, the Atlantic Council’s Iran Task Force published a new report titled, “Time to Move from Tactics to Strategy on Iran.” The report reflects a two year research project on a wide range of issues related to Iran. “It calls for retooling sanctions to alleviate their impact...

Obama Administration Highlights Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking

In February 2012 United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a new Counter-Trafficking in Persons (C-TIP) Policy to concentrate efforts to combat trafficking on concrete, measurable principles and objectives. April 2013 USAID released a Counter-Trafficking in Persons Field Guide to provide practical guidance on implementing the USAID’s 2012 C-TIP...

Economic Cost of Somali Piracy

Oceans Beyond Piracy a project of the One Earth Future Foundation, has released its third annual report on the economic costs of Somali Piracy. For the majority of the last decade, “young Somalis in sometimes tiny boats have wreaked havoc among Indian Ocean shipping, seizing vessels and sailing them to...

FBI Highlights the Hostage Rescue Team’s 30 Years of Service

The FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team is federal law enforcement’s only full-time counterterrorism unit. FBI.gov is highlighting the team with a special 6 part series that celebrates its 30 years of service to the nation. Part 1: Three Decades of Service: “Last month marked the 30th anniversary of the FBI’s Hostage...

U.S. Higher Education System Fails to Prepare Leaders for Era of Cyber Threat

In a new study released March 26, 2013, the Pell Center of Salve Regina University found that the majority of America’s “top” academic institutions are failing to provide students with the knowledge and tools necessary to combat cyber threats in the professional world. The report argues that “cyber defense requires...

Report Released on the Oversight of the Intelligence Community, 2011-2013

On March 22, 2013, the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released its latest biennial report outlining its oversight activities from the period of January 5, 2011 to January 3, 2013. Charged with carrying out oversight of the programs and activities of the U.S. Intelligence Community since 1976, the Committee...

Texas Public Safety Threat Overview 2013

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has recently released its Texas Public Safety Threat Overview 2013, a report which examines the threats currently facing the state. According to the report, “Texas faces the full spectrum of threats. The globalization and convergence of crime and terrorism; an unsecure border with...