Author: Miranda Diebel

Issues and Recommendations to Safeguard Public Health, as Identified by the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease

“In today’s globally connected society, an infectious disease epidemic anywhere can soon become an emergency everywhere.” On October 6, 2014, Texas Governor Rick Perry issued Executive Order RP79, authorising the creation of the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response. This task force is a direct result of the Ebola cases...

Little Dog, Big Teeth: How Proximity to Large Law Enforcement Agencies Affects the Preparedness of Smaller Agencies

The National Criminal Justice Reference Service released in 2012 and re-released this month a report titled: “Homeland Security in Small Law Enforcement Jurisdictions: Preparedness, Efficacy, and Proximity to Big-City Peers“. The study detailed in this report sought to address whether small municipal law enforcement agencies (employing 25 or fewer full-time sworn officers)...

Unpacking the Islamic State

“The Islamic State is an alarming phenomenon. It may wither and die as quickly as it has emerged, or it may prove to be the catalyst for major change within the region and beyond.” In the November 2014 publication, “The Islamic State“, the Soufan Group details the complex story of...

Hagel Addresses Shortcomings in U.S. Nuclear Deterrent Mission

“As long as we have nuclear weapons, we will and we must ensure that they are safe, secure and effective.” -Defense Secretary Hagel As a result of the July 2014 “Independent Review of the Department of Defense Nuclear Enterprise” report, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced this week that a 10...

FEMA’s Higher Education Program’s New Book: ‘Critical Issues in Disaster Science and Management’

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released a new e-book focusing on Critical Issues in Disaster Science and Management: A Dialogue Between Researchers and Practitioners. In most fields it can be said that the interaction between academics and practitioners is limited at best. Emergency Management and Disaster Science is...

Intelink’s Ebola Resource Digest

Intelink, the United States Intelligence Community’s group of secure intranets, maintains a blog publication of multiple open-source unclassified articles, documents, maps, and directives relating to the current Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak. This publication is the Intelink Ebola Digest. Updates have occurred weekly since September 8, 2014. Sources in the...

Ebola 101: Resources for the Public

Ebola virus disease (EVD, also known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever) causes an acute, serious illness that carries a fatality rate of around 50%. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), EVD first appeared in 1976 in two simultaneous outbreaks, one in Sudan, the other in Democratic Republic of Congo, more...

Hot Off the Press: ‘Information Sharing Environment Annual Report to the Congress’ Now Available

On September 25, 2014, the Information Sharing Environment (ISE), released their “Annual Report to the Congress“. This report is an essential update on where U.S. people, projects, systems, and agencies are in the journey toward responsible information sharing in the interest of national security. This is the tenth annual report...

A Consolidated DHS Will Improve Functionality and Generate Savings

The U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs released a recent report evaluating the fiscal sense in completing the St. Elizabeths Project. Please read the full report here: “Security and Savings: The Importance of Consolidating the Department of Homeland Security’s Headquarters at St. Elizabeths.”  The St. Elizabeths Project is...

President Obama Announces U.S. Intent and Strategy to Defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)

“If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.”  On September 10, 2014, President Barack Obama delivered a speech to the American Public declaring the intent of the United States government to respond strongly to the emergence of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known...