Author: Sally Chapman

START: Report on Countermeasures Against Extremism and Terrorism Database

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) has produced a new report detailing the creation of its Countermeasures against Extremism and Terrorism (CoMET) Database. A press release from START says that the report describes counterterrorism activity performed against Homegrown Islamic Violent Extremists in the...

Partnering with Faith Groups for Disaster Management

Faithful Action: Working with Religious Groups in Disaster Planning, Response and Recovery The University of Southern California’s Center for Religion & Civic Culture has released a new report about faith-based organizations (FBOs) and disasters. According to the report, over 60 percent of Americans turn to their religious leaders first in...

10th Anniversary of the Beltway Snipers

It was late afternoon on October 2, 2002 when 55 year old James Martin stopped by at a local supermarket to pick up a few groceries for a church function. As he walked across the parking lot of the Shoppers Food Warehouse he was gunned down, becoming the first victim...

11th Anniversary of the Patriot Act

Today marks the 11th anniversary of the signing of the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (USA PATRIOT Act). In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Congress granted more power to the FBI and other law enforcement organizations...

New Report Argues for Gun Policy Changes

The Case for Gun Policy Reforms in America The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has released a new report concerning gun violence and gun policy in the United States. In the aftermath of the recent shooting in Aurora, Colorado, the report examines the heavy toll of firearm violence...

Suggestions for the Next Administration on Combating Violent Extremism in the United States

The Way Forward on Combating al-Qa’ida-Inspired Violent Extremism in the United States: Suggestions for the Next Administration The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding has released a new policy brief about combating violent extremism (CVE) in the United States. The report is intended to be a guide for the next...

America Wins: The Struggle for Control of the National Guard

The National Governors Association has released a new document about the complicated politics involved in managing the National Guard. The report, titled America Wins: The Struggle for Control of the National Guard, describes the give and take of federalism as governors sparred with federal officials over who should be in...

START: 2011 Global Terrorism Data Released

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) has just released its 2011 data for its Global Terrorism Database. The GTD is the premier unclassified database of terrorist acts. Users can now access the over 5,000 recorded incidents from 2011 and sort them by categories...

Community Resilience Innovation Challenge: Funding Now Available

FEMA 2012 Community Resilience Innovation Challenge The application period for FEMA’s 2012 Community Resilience Innovation Challenge has recently opened. Selected projects will be given up to $35,000 to support new and continuing community resilience programs. Organizations within both the public and private sector are eligible. All application materials must be...

DHS Releases CyberSkills Task Force Report

CyberSkills Task Force Report, Fall 2012 The Department of Homeland Security has released the findings of the Homeland Security Advisory Council’s CyberSkills Task Force. The report focuses on ways that DHS and the nation can develop cybersecurity professionals who will be adequate to the task of defending the United States...