Author: Sally Chapman

Analysis of Internet Outages During Hurricane Sandy

A Preliminary Analysis of Network Outages During Hurricane Sandy The University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute has released a report about Internet outages during Hurricane Sandy. The report finds that that network outages in the United States doubled after the Sandy’s landfall and subsequently took around four days to...

Ready or Not? Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism

Ready or Not? Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism, 2012 Trust for America’s Health has released its tenth annual report about public health preparedness. Its goal is to inform policymakers and the public about how ready our nation is for the next public health emergency. The report accomplishes...

Greta Marlatt Receives I Love My Librarian Award

The HSDL is proud to announce that our own Greta Marlatt is the recipient of the 2012 I Love My Librarian Award! This award, presented by the New York Times and the Carnegie Corporation, recognizes the nation’s top librarians. Tonight, Greta is attending a gala reception where she will receive...

CRS Report: Securing Diplomatic Facilities and Personnel

Securing U.S. Diplomatic Facilities and Personnel Abroad: Background and Policy Issues The Congressional Research Service has published a report about ensuring the safety and security of America’s diplomatic facilities and personnel. In the wake of the Benghazi consulate attack on September 11, 2012, Congress and the nation have focused on...

Iran and the Global Economy: The Cost of Action

Sanctions, Military Strikes, and Other Potential Actions Against Iran A new report from the Federation of American Scientists examines the impact that U.S. actions against Iran’s nuclear program might have on the global economy. The findings in this report are based on the opinions of nine subject matter experts (SMEs)....

FAS: Preventing Catastrophic Threats

Recommendations to Prevent Catastrophic Threats Three days after the 2012 election, the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) held a symposium about catastrophic threats facing the United States. A group of national security experts presented policy memoranda on a wide variety of topics, including: nuclear terrorism; nuclear weapons policy; cyber attacks...

Executive Branch and National Energy Policy

Executive Branch and National Energy Policy: Time for Renewal A newly released document from the Bipartisan Policy Center argues that the executive branch of the United States Government should take a more active role in setting energy policy. The document begins with a brief overview of the last 50 years...

Homeland Security Act of 2002: 10th Anniversary

This Sunday, November 25, will be the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Homeland Security Act (HSA) of 2002. Passed by the 107th Congress and signed into law by President George W. Bush, the act fundamentally changed how the United States defends its citizens and its borders from malicious...

Report Details Continued Power Grid Vulnerabilities

Terrorism and the Electric Power Delivery System A newly released report from the National Academies Press details the vulnerabilities inherent in the U.S. power grid. In the event of a terrorist attack on the grid, the economic costs reach hundreds of billions of dollars. If the power disruption were coupled...

Yale Report Shows Public Support for Action on Climate and Energy Issues

Public Support for Climate and Energy Policies in September 2012 A recent report from the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication provides new insight into American public opinion on energy and climate policies. Based on a survey conducted in September, the report shows the growing concern of Americans about climate...