Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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White House Climate Change Priorities: Foreign Policy and National Security

The impacts of global climate change are evident in nearly every region of the world. These impacts disrupt important aspects of society, including public health, food distribution, and water supply. Wildfires are becoming more frequent, and the world is suffering extraordinary levels of drought. Furthermore, the effects of climate change...

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FBI 2020 Data on Law Enforcement Officers Killed & Assaulted

The Federal Bureau of Investigations’ (FBI) Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR) recently released 2020 statistics for the Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) portion of their Law Enforcement Data Explorer. Data for 2020 shows a total of 60,105 law enforcement officers assaulted while performing their duties; an increase of 4,071 from the 56,034...

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Biden Administration Releases Roadmap for a Climate-Resilient Economy

In May 2021, President Biden signed Executive Order 14030: Climate-Related Financial Risk.  In support of this order, the Biden Administration has published A Roadmap to Build a Climate-Resilient Economy, showcasing a government-wide effort to implement necessary actions to mitigate climate change and its effects on the economy.  The report aims...

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Global Catastrophic Risks 2021

The Global Challenges Foundation has released Global Catastrophic Risks 2021: Navigating the Complex Intersections, its fifth annual report on global risks.  This report focuses “on the complex interconnectedness between different risks and the need to build more holistic global approaches to tackle them.”  Several subject matter experts have convened to...

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Cybersecurity Awareness Month: 2021 Toolkit

Was the Facebook and Instagram shutdown on October 4, 2021 just a ploy for Cybersecurity Awareness Month?  No, unfortunately, it wasn’t, but in an era of hacking, phishing, and data breaches, it certainly reminded us just how important cybersecurity resilience is. In honor of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the Cybersecurity and...

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Blueprint Released for a National Strategic Computing Reserve

The National Science and Technology Council has released National Strategic Computing Reserve: A Blueprint, a report which details the need and possible approaches for implementing a computing reserve for emergency use. The COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic highlighted the need for such a reserve when research and development teams relied...

In Focus: Debt Limit

New In Focus now available on Debt Limit. A collection of resources focused on the United States’ impending reach of its debt limit. “Since 1960, Congress has acted 78 separate times to permanently raise, temporarily extend, or revise the definition of the debt limit” that has kept the government from defaulting...

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Debt Limit Impasse: U.S. Treasury’s Description of Extraordinary Measures

On August 2, 2021, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released a report describing the extraordinary measures being implemented “in order to prevent the United States from defaulting on its obligations as Congress deliberated on increasing the debt limit.”  The four measures discussed in detail are the following:  Suspending sales...