Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

HSDL: Focusing on Pressing Issues and Beyond

The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) hosted the 12th Annual Homeland Defense & Security Education Summit in Monterey, California on October 30th to November 1st. The theme for this year’s event was “Public Interest Security: Leveraging Education to Connect Policy and Operations with American...

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2019 Report on Stress in America

The American Psychological Association released “Stress in America 2019,” an annual survey detailing the prevalence and causes of stress across the country. This survey indicates three main issues of concern for the majority of Americans: the upcoming 2020 presidential election, health care, and mass shootings. Of these issues, mass shootings...

FBI Reports on Lone Offender Terrorism

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Behavioral Threat Assessment Center released the Lone Offender Terrorism Report reviewing 52 lone offender terrorist attacks committed in the United States between 1972 and 2015. The study focuses on the backgrounds, behavioral characteristics, and circumstances surrounding the attacks. Additionally, the report provides an insight into...

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Trump Administration Ignored Humanitarian Protections

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Democratic staff released a report revealing how the Trump Administration used foreign policy to further President’s political aims. Titled “Playing Politics with Humanitarian Protections,” the minority report provides details on the role of the Administration in the abrupt end of the Temporary Protected Status...

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U.S. Secret Service Report on School Violence

The United States Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) issued a report analyzing targeted school violence. This report expands upon twenty years of NTAC research in threat assessment and violence prevention. In line with this effort, NTAC conducted a study of 41 incidents of targeted school violence from 2008...

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Social Media Crisis: New Report on Dwindling Global Internet Freedom

“What was once a liberating technology has become a conduit for surveillance and electoral manipulation.” Published by Freedom House, “Freedom on the Net 2019: The Crisis of Social Media” reveals that 2019 represents the ninth consecutive year in which global internet freedom has declined. The unregulated spaces of social media...

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Steve Russ and Sgt. Robert Chavez, both Colorado Army National Guardsmen with the 8th Civil Support Team, dispose of simulated hazardous material during a tornado scenario July 23, 2013, in Colorado Springs, Colo., as part of exercise Vigilant Guard Colorado. Vigilant Guard is a series of federally funded disaster-response drills conducted by National Guard units working with federal, state and local emergency management agencies and first responders. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Nicole Manzanares, U.S. Air National Guard/Released)

Free Online Training Available for Disaster Researchers

As a part of its ongoing CONVERGE series of free online training modules, The Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado Boulder recently released the CONVERGE Social Vulnerability and Disasters Training Module.  The CONVERGE series “advances social science, engineering, and interdisciplinary research and establishes and strengthens networks between disciplinary communities”....

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State Department Issues Country Reports on Terrorism

The Department of State released the annual report titled Country Reports on Terrorism (2018) covering countries and groups that meet the criteria under the Title 22 of the United States Code, Section 2652f (the “Act”). Specifically, the report contains detailed information on country profiles and identifies state sponsors of terrorism....