Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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FBI Report: 2021 Active Shooter Incidents

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released their seventh annual report in a series of active shooter-related products published since September 2014. In Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2021,  FBI data reports 61 active shooter incidents in the United States for 2021, a 52.5% increase from 2020...

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In Focus: Terrorist Manifestos

New In Focus now available on Terrorist Manifestos. A collection of resources that focuses on terrorists’ use of detailed manifestos, which “outline ideology, motivation, and tactical choices” for their violent attacks (ICCT). The list includes analyses of the current use of manifestos in extreme-right and white supremacist ideologies, the impacts of...

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New ATF Assessment on Firearms in Commerce

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) recently published an analysis of firearms commerce in the United States – National Firearms Commerce and Trafficking Assessment (NFCTA): Firearms in Commerce. In April 2021, as part of the Justice Department’s strategy to combat the rise in violent crime, President Biden...

Center for Disease Control's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

In Case You Missed It: MMWR

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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CHDS Self-Study Courses

The Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) has a large library of self-study courses available to explore; some new and some re-vamped. These non-credit courses, created by subject matter experts, are available to “U.S. citizens who are local, tribal, state and federal U.S. government officials; members of...

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Imitators or Innovators? Comparing Salafi-Jihadist and White Supremacist Attack Planning in the United States

The Program on Extremism at George Washington University released a report titled “Imitators or Innovators? Comparing Salafi-Jihadist and White Supremacist Attack Planning in the United States,” by Bennett Clifford and Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens. This report draws a comparison between two extremist groups: white supremacists and Salafi-jihadists. While literature on the matter...

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Gaming and Extremism: Literature Review

The Extremism and Gaming Research Network (EGRN) released an annotated bibliography on various literature associated with extremism and online gaming titled “State of Play: Reviewing the Literature on Gaming & Extremism.” The goal of EGRN is to shed light on the harmful ways that violent extremist organizations are using online...

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DHS Equity Action Plan

On January 20, 2021, U.S. President Joseph Biden released the Executive Order 13985: Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government. With this order, federal agencies are charged with the task of evaluating their various programs and policies to ensure they are meeting the new standards...