Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Center for Disease Control's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

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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2021 Annual Threat Assessment Released

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has just released their Annual Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community for 2021. This annual report focuses on the worldwide threats to U.S. national security for the upcoming year, and specifically “provides the IC’s [Intelligence Community] baseline assessments of the most...

U.S. Capitol Riot with extremists and white supremacists.

Examining Military Experience Among the Capitol Hill Siege Participants

The Program on Extremism along with the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point have just released ‘This is War’: Examining Military Experience Among the Capitol Hill Siege Participants. This study “uses federal court documents to examine the prevalence, demographics, and characteristics of individuals with military experience who were charged for...

Intelligence Council Releases ‘Global Trends 2040: A More Contested World’

The National Intelligence Council recently published the 7th edition of their Global Trends report: ‘Global Trends 2040: A More Contested World.’  This intelligence assessment is “designed to provide an analytic framework for policymakers early in each administration as they craft national security strategy and navigate an uncertain future. The goal...

U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.

U.S. Capitol Security Review

In the wake of the January 6, 2021 storming of the U.S. Capitol, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré to lead a six week review to evaluate Capitol security. The assessment, Task Force 1-6 Capitol Security Review, specifically “review[s] and provide[s] recommendations in the...

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Hobby School of Public Affairs Surveys Texans on Opinions of Winter Storm and Lifting COVID-19 Restrictions

In an attempt to understand the impact that Winter Storm Uri had on Texas, the University of Houston’s Hobby School of Public Affairs conducted a survey of adults living in the 213 counties served by the Texas Electrical Grid. The survey gathered information on Texans’ experiences during the storm, as...

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U.S. Secret Service Hopes to Prevent Targeted School Violence by Analyzing Averted Plots

The U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) has been expanding their research of targeted violence prevention in communities across the country. In their efforts to demonstrate a path toward preventing school violence in particular, they analyzed 67 disrupted plots against K-12 schools from 2006-2018. This report, titled Averting...

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WHO: A Study of SARS-CoV-2 Origins in China

In WHO-convened Global Study of Origins of SARS-CoV-2: China Part released by the World Health Organization (WHO), SARS-CoV-2 surveillance data and virus cases reported in China are analyzed as far back as late 2019. Specifically, surveillance of morbidity due to pneumonia in and around Wuhan. Molecular sequence data suggests the...

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Mitigating Insider Threats Within U.S. Critical Infrastructure

The National Counterintelligence and Security Center of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has released Insider Threat Mitigation for U.S. Critical Infrastructure Entities: Guidelines from an Intelligence Perspective. This document highlights the importance of mitigating insider threats within U.S. critical infrastructure entities to meet the expanding nature of threats...