Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

The United States’ Approach to Global Health Security

The White House has released the United States Government Global Health Security Strategy, which “outlines the United States Government’s approach to strengthen global health security, including accelerating the capabilities of targeted countries to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease outbreaks.” The importance of this Global Health Security Strategy goes...

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National Health Security at Record High Despite Increasingly Aggregated Population

The National Health Security Preparedness Index, which “tracks the nation’s progress in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disasters and other large-scale emergencies that pose risks to health and well-being in the United States” has released its 2019 Summary of Key Findings. The Index examines six categories of health...

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Death in the Line of Duty

The Federal Bureau of Investigations’ (FBI) Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR) released the statistics for Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted in the line of duty in 2018. This webpage provides links to statistics regarding law enforcement officers who were killed feloniously or accidentally, and federal officers killed and assaulted...

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A Graphic History of Germ Warfare

The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense is using a graphic novel to depict the history of global germ warfare, the potential for future incidents, and the need for vigilant security against this threat. Germ Warfare: A Very Graphic Novel presents several incidents in history in which harmful microbes were...

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Disruptive Technology and National Security

Leading technology and cybersecurity experts weigh in on a Department of Defense white paper released this month examining the role of emerging and disruptive technologies on national security. On the Horizon: Security Challenges at the Nexus of State and Non-State Actors and Emerging/Disruptive Technologies, features opening remarks from the Joint...

Preparing for Disaster at the Local Level

The New America Foundation recently released a publication titled “All Disasters Are Local. Resilience Should Be, Too,” about the upsurge being observed in natural disasters and steps that can be taken to be better prepared. The report is a summary of presentations and talks from various experts and participants who...

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FBI Internet Crime Report Released for 2018

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Internet Complaint Center (IC3) released its annual report on internet crimes in its 2018 Internet Crime Report. A total of 351,936 complaints of internet crime were submitted to the FBI IC3 in 2018, resulting in monetary losses exceeding $2.7 billion. The most common crimes...

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Redacted Mueller Report Released

Today the U.S. Department of Justice released the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Special Counsel Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election (the “Mueller Report”). The Mueller Report contains two volumes, the first of which details the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election....

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Nonpartisan Committee Report on Securing Our Border, Safety and Welfare of Migrant Children

The Homeland Security Advisory Council’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Families and Children Custody Panel has released the “Final Emergency Interim Report” addressing the current immigration crisis. In creating this report, the Panel reviewed CBP operations and studied short-term care arrangements for those in custody, especially children. Based on these...

Reducing Cyber Vulnerabilities in Underserved Populations

The University of California, Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC) has published “Improving Cybersecurity Awareness in Underserved Populations” report that focuses on cyber vulnerabilities among the ‘underserved’ residents of San Francisco, including low-income residents, foreign-born or foreign-language speakers, and seniors.  As cybersecurity represents a relatively recent yet significant concern to...