Author: HSDL Staff

National Infrastructure Advisory Council Examines Intelligence Information Sharing

The National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) in their latest report “set out to determine whether the right people are receiving the right intelligence information at the right time to support robust protection and resilience of the Nation’s critical infrastructure.” The NIAC conducted over 200 interviews and preformed extensive open-source research...

Nuclear Materials Security Index

“The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) Nuclear Materials Security Index is a first-of-its-kind public benchmarking project of nuclear materials security conditions on a country-by-country basis. The NTI Index, prepared with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), was created to spark an international discussion about priorities required to strengthen security, and most importantly,...

President Obama and DoD Announce Plan for “Smaller and Leaner” Military

The Department of Defense (DoD) released today the strategy Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta stated in a letter attached to the report that the “country is at a strategic turning point after a decade of war and, therefore, we are shaping...

Climate Change Crisis Scenarios

The report titled Climate Change, Migration, and Conflict: Addressing Complex Crisis Scenarios in the 21st Century from the Center for American Progress focuses on the distinct challenges that climate change pose for U.S. national security. Despite some efforts to reduce emissions climate change and its consequences are unavoidable. This report...

2012 Updates: Radiation Emergency Medical Management Website & Cell Phone Applications

Radiation Emergency Medical Management [Website] The Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) is a website that was produced by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. As of January 2012 the website has been updated, along with the mobile REMM applications for the iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry and Windows Mobile....

HSDL Top Ten Blogs of 2011

The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) Weblog captures new reports on emerging topics dominating the homeland security headlines. This particular collection of blogs does not necessarily reflect the top homeland security stories of 2011. Rather, these blogs were selected based on the highest number of blog visits (hits), most frequently...

New Report on Foodborne Illness and the Food Safety Working Group

The Federal Food Safety Working Group Progress Report, December 2011 The White House has released a new report on the Food Safety Working Group (FSWG). The FSWG was created by President Obama in March 2009. The group is a “central coordinating mechanism for the federal government’s food safety activities that...

Do Tough on Crime Policies Increase Public Safety?

The organization Partnership for Safety and Justice released the publication, Moving Beyond Sides: The Power and Potential of a New Public Safety Policy Paradigm. “This paper is designed to foster critical dialogue and actual movement toward more proactive and thoughtful collaboration between crime survivor advocates and criminal justice reform advocates...

Experts Find U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Flood Management Needs Improvement

“In 2011 the mainstem Missouri River Reservoir System experienced the largest volume of flood waters since the initiation of record-keeping in the nineteenth century. The high levels of runoff from both snowpack and rainfall stressed the System’s capacity to control flood waters and caused massive damage and disruption along the...

FEMA Takes a Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recognizes that a government-centric approach to emergency management is not enough to meet the challenges posed by a catastrophic incident. FEMA’s new report A Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management: Principles, Themes, and Pathways for Action focuses on the fact that FEMA is only...