Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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Biodefense Plan to End Pandemic Threats

In their report, The Apollo Program for Biodefense: Winning the Race Against Biological Threats, the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense has released critical recommendations for the U.S. to be better prepared to handle the challenges of future pandemics and essentially end the threats of potential biological warfare.  The hope for The...

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Biden Administration’s COVID-19 Response Plan

The White House, under the new Biden administration, has just released the National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness (National Strategy). To date, over 400,000 Americans have lost their lives to COVID-19, making pandemic response a top priority for the new administration. The National Strategy aims to coordinate...

16th Edition of Global Risks Report Released

The World Economic Forum has released Global Risks Report 2021, the sixteenth edition of the Global Risks Report analysis which details the risks and consequences of increased inequality and societal fragmentation.   Beginning with an assessment of the 2020 Global Risks Perception Survey results, the report finds that “among the highest likelihood risks of the next ten years are extreme weather, climate action failure and human-led environmental damage; as well as digital power concentration, digital inequality and cybersecurity...

Vaccines National Strategic Plan for the United States

The Department of Health and Human Services has recently released the Vaccines National Strategic Plan: 2021-2025. Building on the 2010 National Vaccine Plan, this newly released plan “articulates a comprehensive strategy to promote vaccines and vaccination including research and development, vaccine safety monitoring, increase public knowledge and confidence in vaccines,...

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FEMA Releases COVID-19 Initial Assessment Report

As the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic continues to grip the nation, FEMA has released Pandemic Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Initial Assessment Report. This assessment focuses solely on FEMA’s response to COVID-19, describing the agency’s roles and responsibilities over the period of January through September 2020. The report provides...

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In Case You Missed It: MMWR and COVID

The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) maintains a collection of the Centers for Disease Control‘s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), which collects and analyzes data from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on epidemiology and public health. Each issue of the MMWR is packed with raw and analyzed public health data...

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National Maritime Cybersecurity Plan Released

Recently released by the White House, the National Maritime Cybersecurity Plan to the National Strategy for Maritime Security (Maritime Cybersecurity Plan) provides a roadmap for safeguarding the American economy by strengthening cybersecurity in the Maritime Transportation System. As an extension of the National Strategy for Maritime Security (NSMS), the Maritime...

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In Focus: Online Extremism

New In Focus now available on Online Extremism. A collection of reports focused on how people can become radicalized to certain beliefs or actions by way of online media such as social networks. According to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (ICAP), Online radicalization to violence is the process by...

National Strategy for Planetary Protection

The White House National Space Council has released the National Strategy for Planetary Protection, an effort to protect Earth and other planets from the potentially harmful biological contamination effects of space exploration.    According to the document “two underlying principles should guide United States planetary protection policy”:    The United States should continue to...