Author: Kendall Scherr

HSDL Releases Cyber-Focused Featured Topics

This week, the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) has released three new featured topics which focus on the growing breadth of information available regarding the latest developments in cyber-related activity. These topics are meant to provide users with significant resources on specific issues and are accessible from the home page...

Disaster Risk Reduction: UNISDR’s New Report

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has released its third installment of the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction. The 2013 edition (GAR13), titled “From Shared Risk to Shared Value: The Business Case for Disaster Risk Reduction” focuses on the interconnectedness of the global economy and...

Rising Threat in the Homeland: Climate Change

In a new report by The American Security Project, authors Nick Cunningham and Danielle Parillo focus on the increasing threat that climate change poses to the United States and the world as a whole. “Protecting the Homeland: The Rising Costs of Inaction on Climate Change” argues that the United States...

President Signs New Counter-IED Policy

Two days ago, on February 26, President Obama signed into force the newest policy for combating the Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Although the document is succinct, it provides a clear strategy for the way ahead. In the policy, entitled Countering Improvised Explosive Devices, the President says that “this administration is...

Revealing the ‘Dark Side’: New Report on Post-9/11 Torture

The Open Society Justice Initiative (Open Society Foundations) has released a new publication entitled “Globalizing Torture: CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendtion”. This report urges the United States, as well as other foreign governments, to release the full truth regarding the use of secret detention sites, extra-legal rendition, and torture...

NY Governor Signs Unprecedented Gun Legislation

Yesterday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the NY SAFE Act (Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act) into law. According to the press release, “New York will be the first state in the nation to ban any magazine that can hold more than seven rounds and run instant background checks...

Homeland Security Outlook Launches New Web Portal for Maritime Security

Homeland Security Outlook (produced by Neak Media) has launched a new web portal, Maritime Security Outlook (MSO), which will be dedicated to developments in maritime security. “MSO’s goal is to be the hub of the maritime security industry. It is an open platform for all maritime security professionals to share...

Online Radicalization: The Rising Threat in Cyberspace

Released today by the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), the new report entitled “Countering Online Radicalization in America” discusses the evolving nature of threats in cyberspace. In the last decade, the rise of social networking and virtual communities has provided the framework under which online radicalization has flourished. In an article...

Closing Guantánamo: Is the U.S. Ready?

According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the answer is yes – U.S. facilities are physically capable of receiving the current 166 detainees from Guantánamo. Yesterday, Senator Dianne Feinstein, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, announced the release of GAO’s newest report “Guantánamo Bay Detainees: Facilities and Factors for Consideration...

Danger Close: The Case Against Killer Robots

Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC) have published their newest report: “Losing Humanity: The Case Against Killer Robots”. As discussed in a press release yesterday, the authors indicate that the report is the “first major publication about fully autonomous weapons by a...