Author: Scott Harvey

By the Numbers: ICE and CBP in 2015

Fiscal Year 2015 data was released last week from the Department of Homeland Security, summarizing apprehensions and removals for both Customs and Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Both of these reports provide an overview of department operations as well as some statistics covering multiple years. ICE, in FY15, conducted...

Active Shooters: Preparation, Mitigation, and Response

Columbine, Virginia Tech, Fort Hood, Aurora, Newtown, Colorado Springs, San Bernardino. In an age of increasingly common active shooter incidents, this seemingly random list of locations is all too familiar to Americans. Aiming to increase preparedness for future events, the Interagency Security Committee released Planning and Response to an Active Shooter:...

ALERT: NORAD Indicates Expected Airspace Violations by Entities from the North

NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, has indicated that it expects a violation of US sovereignty by repeat offenders. Late this month, during what is expected to be a silent night, an aircraft using a yet unidentified propulsion engine is expected to traverse the skies over the US and other...

A New U.S. National Counterintelligence Strategy

For the first time since 2009, the National Counterintelligence Strategy of the United States of America has been released at the unclassified level. The Counterintelligence Enhancement Act of 2002 requires that a national counterintelligence strategy be produced at least every three years for approval by the President. The National Counterintelligence and...

U.S. Falls Dangerously Short on Biodefense

In late 2014, the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense was convened to assess U.S. biodefense efforts. Yesterday, they released the National Blueprint for Biodefense. The conclusion was that the United States is “dangerously vulnerable to a biological event” and that the biodefense effort lacks “strong centralized leadership at the highest level...

Stay Informed as the End of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Nears

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and HSDL has what you need to stay informed and safe in the virtual world.  To raise awareness of this very important topic, here are a few resources that highlight current trends, themes and tips to make your digital world safe from those who...

U.S. Forest Service Wildfire Report Raises Alarm

This week the U.S. Forest Service released a report detailing the effects of increasing wildfire expenditures, showing that for the first time in the history of the service it is spending more than half its annual budget fighting wildfires. The report cites increasing occurrence of wildfires redirecting resources away from...

Trafficking in Persons Report Shows Concern

Following a four week delay, the State Department has released its 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report. This report is seen by many as a way to hold countries accountable for their policies and practices, or lack thereof, in combating human trafficking. The report ranks 188 countries around the world on...

HHS and What It Can Do for You

The Response and Recovery Resources Compendium from the Department of Health and Human Services is an “an easy to navigate, comprehensive web-based repository of HHS resources and capabilities available to Federal, State, local, territorial and tribal stakeholders before, during, and after public health and medical incidents.”  From Situational Awareness to Patient Movement and Recovery, this compendium...

Countering Terrorism on the Canadian Homefront

Canada’s Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence released its interim report titled Countering the Terrorist Threat in Canada: And Interim Report. The committee was charged with studying and reporting on cyber espionage, threats to critical infrastructure, terrorist recruitment and financing, and terrorist operations and prosecutions, among other threats. Considering the testimony...