Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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Analysis of U.S. COVID-19 Deaths Released

The National Center for Disaster Preparedness has recently released ‘130,000 – 210,000 Avoidable COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] Deaths – and Counting – in the U.S.,’ an analysis of U.S. COVID-19 related deaths. With more than 217,000 coronavirus-related fatalities, the United States now has the highest number of coronavirus-related fatalities worldwide....

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COVID-19 Impacts U.S. Criminal Justice System

Johns Hopkins University has recently released COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] and the US Criminal Justice System: Evidence for Public Health Measures to Reduce Risk, a report detailing the current health risks involved with U.S. criminal justice system operations amid the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. currently has the largest number of...

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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...

In Focus: Supreme Court Nominations

New In Focus now available on Supreme Court Nominations. A collection of reports focused on the process and appointment of new justices to the Supreme Court of the United States.  The list includes information about the process as a whole, considerations for congressional members when a justice is nominated during election...

National Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technologies Released

The Trump Administration has released the National Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technologies (C&ET). The strategy, building off of the National Security Strategy (NSS) outlines a whole-of-government effort to ensure continued American leadership across a wide range of technology areas including: artificial intelligence, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) mitigation technologies, autonomous...

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Recommendations for Building a Resilient America

The Atlantic Council of the United States, in response to the challenges faced by the nation in the wake of the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic, addresses the issues of national preparedness and resilience in their October 2020 publication, Effective Resilience and National Strategy: Lessons From the Pandemic and Requirements...

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DHS Assesses Threats to National Security

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a comprehensive report on threats to American security. The October 2020 Homeland Threat Assessment (HTA) is specifically intended for public consumption, and factors in all of the new challenges DHS faces in light of the COVID-19 (coronavirus 2019) pandemic. The inaugural report...

Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine

Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine, a report released by the National Academy of Sciences provides policymakers with a framework to ensure equitable distribution of a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine.   The report begins by addressing the unequal impact of COVID-19 on disadvantaged populations,  and  highlighting  lessons learned from previous mass vaccination...