Author: James Kent

Cash to Chaos: Dismantling ISIS’ Financial Infrastructure

During its rise to power, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) excelled at fundraising. The ability to control vast territories and generate revenue flows from diverse sources allowed it to become the most well funded terrorist organization in history. Even with recent significant losses in territory, including an...

Climate Change and Its Effect on National Security

Over the past decade, extreme weather conditions have continued to escalate with pockets of devastation across the United States. These conditions, sparked by long-term changes in climate, put stress on local areas to deal with disasters. However, the instability brought from increasing catastrophes also has far reaching effects across social,...

Midyear “Snapshot” of Terror

With primaries coming to an end and the general election in sight, the continued threat of terrorism will be fiercely debated in the weeks and months to come. Candidates will, hopefully, submit policy recommendations based on current trends and data. Luckily for the electorate, the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL)...

National Health Security Preparedness Index

One aspect of Homeland Security that is often overlooked is public health.  Since December 2013, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, combined with more than 30 other organizations, has produced an annual index of public health. The National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI) is the result.  NHSPI aims to give...