Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Hot off the Press – The 2014 Global Terrorism Index

The Institute for Economics and Peace released their 2014 edition of the Global Terrorism Index [GTI]: Measuring and Understanding the Impact of Terrorism (which can be found on the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) website as well, along with the 2012 GTI). Claimed to be the, “…most comprehensive dataset on...

Unpacking the Islamic State

“The Islamic State is an alarming phenomenon. It may wither and die as quickly as it has emerged, or it may prove to be the catalyst for major change within the region and beyond.” In the November 2014 publication, “The Islamic State“, the Soufan Group details the complex story of...

Hagel Addresses Shortcomings in U.S. Nuclear Deterrent Mission

“As long as we have nuclear weapons, we will and we must ensure that they are safe, secure and effective.” -Defense Secretary Hagel As a result of the July 2014 “Independent Review of the Department of Defense Nuclear Enterprise” report, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced this week that a 10...

Executive Summary of the White House Breach

This week the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a report titled: “Executive Summary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Report on the White House Incursion of September 19, 2014.” This report discusses Omar Gonzalez’s recent White House breach on September 19, 2014. On this day Gonzalez breached White...

2014 National Emergency Communications Plan

The Department of Homeland Security released the 2014 National Emergency Communications Plan, which replaces the 2008 version of the Plan. There have been ongoing changes in the communications landscape, most prevalent in policy, legislation, budget conditions, and technologies. “The National Emergency Communications Plan is a strategic national emergency communications plan that promotes...

2015 Global Forecast: Crisis and Opportunity

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) released its annual Global Forecast report for 2015. The 2015 Global Forecast: Crisis and Opportunity publication, “…provid[es] analysis of the key issues that will determine the future trajectory of American power in 2015 and beyond.” This analysis evaluates possible crises and opportunities...

FEMA’s Higher Education Program’s New Book: ‘Critical Issues in Disaster Science and Management’

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released a new e-book focusing on Critical Issues in Disaster Science and Management: A Dialogue Between Researchers and Practitioners. In most fields it can be said that the interaction between academics and practitioners is limited at best. Emergency Management and Disaster Science is...

Climate Change 2014

This week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its Climate Change 2014: Fifth Assessment Synthesis Report. This 2014 Synthesis Report, “…provides an overview of the state of knowledge concerning the science of climate change, emphasizing new results since the publication of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report in 2007.”...

Hurricanes and Floods: Protecting America’s Coastline from Extreme Weather

  This month, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), together with research support from Allied World and Earth Economics, published, Natural Defenses from Hurricanes and Floods: Protecting America’s Communities and Ecosystems in an Era of Extreme Weather. The document takes an in-depth look at the risks we Americans face from potentially...

Survey on American Fears

What is your deepest fear? The answer to this question may vary greatly between individuals, from specific homeland security concerns to the uncontrollable fear of spiders. With Halloween approaching, the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) asks, what is your deepest fear? The fear factor of Americans was recently assessed in...