Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Security Heats Up as the Olympic Torch Nears Sochi: Is Russia Doing Enough To Freeze Terrorism at the 2014 Winter Games?

The Olympic Games have historically been a target for terrorist attacks. Since 1972, 16 of the countries to host the Olympics experienced terrorist attacks in the year or months approaching the Games. With the international presence and heightened media coverage, the Olympics provides a stage that few malicious actors can...

Federal Government’s Track Record on Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs released today a new report that outlines the recent failures of the federal government to prevent cyberattacks on the nation’s critical infrastructure. The report, “The Federal Government’s Track Record on Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure”, looks into the cyber vulnerabilities of six...

Cyber Warfare and Counterspace: Growing National Threats Against the United States

On January 29, the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence held an open hearing on Current and Projected National Security threats against the United States. These open hearings occur yearly, and quite a few areas of threat are on the rise, including cyber, counterintelligence, counterspace, and Transnational Organized Crime. They...

DOT&E Releases FY 2013 Annual Report

The Office of the Director, Operational Test & Evaluation (DOT&E) released yesterday its FY 2013 annual report. The report provides an overview of the operational effectiveness and suitability of DoD defense systems and acquisition programs over the past year, separated by respective DoD department. Sections of this report include the...

DoD DSB Report: Assessment of Nuclear Monitoring and Verification Technologies

The DoD Defense Science Board (DSB) released this month a new report entitled, “Assessment of Nuclear Monitoring and Verification Technologies.” The report, created by the DSB Task Force on the Assessment of Nuclear Treaty Monitoring and Verification Technologies, remarks on the growing importance of “persistent surveillance” of global nuclear proliferation...

Evolving Terrorist Threat: Latest Findings from RAND

A new report released by RAND covers the findings and recommendations of a recent seminar held by the organization. The report, titled “Identifying Enemies Among Us: Evolving Terrorist Threats and the Continuing Challenges of Domestic Intelligence Collection and Information Sharing“, summarizes the experience of active and former government and law...

Signals Intelligence Activities: President Obama Releases New Policy Directive

Today, President Obama released a Presidential Policy Directive, “Signals Intelligence Activities,” which outlines the manner in which signals intelligence is authorized to be collected by the United States. He stated that gathering practices must be adherent to privacy and civil liberties, “in accordance with the Constitution and applicable statutes, Executive...

FISC Judges Worry About Increased Workload from FISA

When it comes to applying limitations to intelligence gathering operations, it’s seen as the responsibility of the political branches of the United States to decide the legal requirements within the bounds of the Constitution. With this in mind, John D. Bates, Director of the Administrative Office of the United States...