Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Airport Safety Challenges

The Blue Ribbon Task Force on UAS Mitigation at Airports (BRTF) released a report on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and counter-UAS technology, airport safety protocols, and the necessary policy framework. The BRTF, commissioned by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA), studied integration,...

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Is Youth Violence Preventable?

In a recent report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), authors Sarah Bast and Victoria DeSimone examine the question of whether or not the pathways to violence can be disrupted, specifically with regard to youth. The report, “Youth Violence Prevention in the United States: Examining International Terrorists,...

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2018 Crime in the United States Data Released

The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program has released the annual crime statistics report, Crime in the United States, 2018. The UCR Program collects information on offenses known to law enforcement, including violent crimes of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault, as well as the property crimes...

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National Security Strategy Focuses on Changing Nature of Threats

The Department of Homeland Security released the Strategic Framework for Countering Terrorism and Targeted Violence to address the changing landscape of security challenges to the nation: These threats have become more complex, more interconnected, more intertwined with technological advances, and closer to home. The nation faces a wider variety of...

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In Focus: Ransomware

New In Focus now available on Ransomware. From the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA): The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has observed an increase in ransomware attacks across the world: See CISA’s Awareness Briefings on Combating Ransomware, Joint Ransomware Statement, and CISA Insights – Ransomware Outbreak. Ransomware is a type of malicious software, or malware,...

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Violent Extremists Risk Assessment: From Recruitment to Action

In a new research paper from the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT), Liesbeth van der Heide, Marieke van der Zwan, and Maarten van Leyenhorst compare risk assessment tools for predicting violent extremism. According to the report, there has been an increase of “violent extremist offenders (VEOs)” in Europe, which has...

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E-Book Urges U.S. to Address Hostile Social Manipulation

The e-book, Hostile Social Manipulation: Present Realities and Emerging Trends, from the RAND Corporation’s Research Report Series, examines the complicated relationship between modern democracies and the real and potential effects of cyber manipulation on their constituents. Focusing specifically on the two most pressing and prominent threats, China and Russia, the report...

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Global Health Emergencies: Prepare for the Worst

The Report on Global Preparedness for Health Emergencies from the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB), an extension of the World Health Organization (WHO), is a call-to-action to proactively plan and establish global protocol for when public health emergencies hit. The report points out that many factors that could trigger a...