Author: Miranda Diebel

House Committee on Homeland Security: Preliminary Findings on Counterterrorism Challenges of the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Released yesterday, “Syrian Refugee Flows: Security Risks and Counterterrorism Challenges,” is a Majority Staff Report by the House Committee on Homeland Security. This report presents the preliminary findings of the committee’s year-long inquiry into the counterterrorism challenges associated with Syrian refugee flows. With just ten findings and seven recommendations, this...

ICIT Chastises OPM’s Lack of Modern Cybersecurity in an Official Analysis

The Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT) describes itself as a “nonprofit (status pending), non-partisan group of the world’s most innovative experts and companies that provide technologies and solutions to support and protect our nation’s critical infrastructures.” ICIT serves as a go-between for the private sector, federal agencies, and the...

17th Annual International Religious Freedom Report

Yesterday Secretary of State John Kerry presented the Department of State’s International Religious Freedom Report for 2014. This report is in its 17th year and holds the message that countries benefit when their citizens have religious freedom. Secretary Kerry emphasized that “the concept of religious freedom extends way beyond mere tolerance....

Increasing Border Security and Decreasing Queue Times: GPO & CBP’s Trusted Traveler Program Cards

The Government Printing Office (GPO) finished the production of five million Trusted Traveler Program (TPP) cards for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). These credentials will be used to identify participants in CBP’s TPP programs, which includes NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST and Global Entry. These...

Hurricane Katrina: The Catalyst for Change

From Chaos Comes Clarity Ten years ago this week, Hurricane Katrina terrorized the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico from August 23-31, making landfall in Louisiana on August 29. More than 1,800 people lost their lives and many more were displaced temporarily or permanently. Hurricane Katrina was the costliest disaster in...

Making a Dangerous Job Safer: Report Provides Roadmap Toward Smarter Fire Fighting

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) collaborated with the Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF) to produce the recent “Research Roadmap for Smart Fire Fighting: Summary Report“. In this report, readers find statistics regarding the hazards of fire fighting, damage caused, lives lost and disadvantages faced by fire fighters. ...

Federal Films of the 20th Century

If you are a self-identified “history buff”, “film buff”, or “Americana enthusiast”, you might want to visit FedFlix. FedFlix is Joint Venture NTIS-1832 between the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) and Public.Resource.Org (PRO). The FedFlix project aims to digitize videos from NTIS, DoD and the National Archives and Records Administration, and...

A Friend in Need: Challenges for Cross-border Emergency Response

Photo: “An intersection which separates the State of Vermont and the Province of Quebec. The international boundary transects buildings on Church Street in Derby Line, Vermont, and Rue Church in Stanstead, Quebec, highlighting the close relationship between local first responders who frequently cross the border to render aid.” The Canadian Interoperability...

Much Ado about Nothing: New Report Shows Terrorist Plots in the US Involving Muslim-Americans at Lowest Point Since 2008

The Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security (TCTHS) is a collaboration of efforts from Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and RTI International. Their mission is to “enhance the understanding of terrorism and the means to combat it through education, research and the development of...

Learning From the Past: FBI Releases Final Report of the 9/11 Review Commission

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released today the final report and recommendations of the 9/11 Review Commission. The comprehensive document is a historical overview and projection for the future – as noted in the title, “The FBI: Protecting the Homeland in the 21st Century.” This was a congressionally mandated review...