Author: Julia West

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COVID-19 and Aviation: Framework for Recovery

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Government issued guidance to airports and airlines on how to minimize public health risks without compromising aviation security while preparing for an increase in travel volume. The new report published jointly by the U.S. Departments of Transportation, Homeland Security, and Health and...

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Violence Against Health Care: Research Analysis

As part of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Health Care in Danger Initiative, RAND Europe in collaboration with Elrha published a new report, “Researching Violence Against Health Care: Gaps and Priorities.” The report identifies key elements that are currently missing in research on violence against health care....

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Information Operations: An Evidence-Based Approach

The role of hostile information campaigns is becoming increasingly apparent in most contemporary events. In particular, a working paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research on social media use during the US elections and UK Brexit suggests that information diffusion can amplify public’s sentiments, thus contributing to the voter...

New COVID-19 Resource Archive is Available

In response to a growing need for reliable information on the COVID-19 pandemic, the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) launched a new COVID-19 Resource Archive. Geared to help emergency managers and homeland security experts, this platform provides access to a publicly available collection of COVID-19 resources. To provide...

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Challenges and Opportunities of Reopening Efforts

In addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, the Brookings Institution published a new report, Reopening America and the World, providing an assessment of current efforts in restarting the economy and social institutions. As COVID-19 continues to shutter local businesses and communities, Brookings aims to contribute to the reopening debate by engaging in...

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FEMA Issues Guidance for 2020 Hurricane Season

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released COVID-19 Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact all levels of government, this document aims to provide actionable guidance to state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) authorities to prepare for the hurricane season. Specifically, the guidance...

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Response to COVID-19: CDC Activities and Initiatives

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report summarizing relevant initiatives, activities, and tools in support of the Whole-of-Government response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). CDC continues to prioritize monitoring the spread and intensity of the pandemic, followed by conducting research to understand the severity and spectrum...

NIAID Strategic Plan to Combat COVID-19

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a new strategy outlining the institute’s plan for accelerating research to diagnose, prevent and treat COVID-19. As part of its mission, NIAID seeks to develop “safe and effective medical countermeasures that decrease...

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Disinfodemic: Sources and Targets of COVID-19 Disinformation

As the spread of COVID-19 continues to dominate global news sources, it is becoming clear that a parallel pandemic of mis- and disinformation has begun to erode public understanding of the crisis. In addressing this growing threat, the World Health Organization (WHO) described the disinformation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic as...

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Senate Releases New Report on Russian Interference

The United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released the fourth report, “Review of the Intelligence Community Assessment,” on the Committee’s bipartisan investigation of Russian 2016 election interference. Led by the Committee Chairman Richard Buss (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA), the new volume analyzes highly sensitive sources, tradecraft,...