Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

SSCI Releases its Review of the Benghazi Terrorist Attacks

The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) released today its “Review of the Terrorist Attacks on U.S. Facilities in Benghazi, Libya, September 11-12, 2012.”  This review “focuses primarily on the analysis by and actions of the Intelligence Community (IC) leading up to, during, and immediately following the attacks.” The...

Putting Out the Mystery of Fire Incident Causes: NASFM Gives Fire Incident Reporting a Facelift

The National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) Fire Research and Education Foundation has released a report focusing on these burning questions: why do so many fire incident causes remain undetermined, and how can they improve the system of reporting? The report is called “Conquering the ‘Unknowns’: Research and Recommendations...

Human Trafficking Addressed in New Federal Strategic Action Plan

The Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States was released today, and will serve to combat human trafficking by providing guidance for federal agencies in identifying victims of human trafficking, and by providing access to recovery services through coordinated efforts by government...

US/Mexico Cycle: The End of an Era

Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together (MATT) released today a “first of-its-kind” study on a developing trend in US-Mexico immigration: reentry. The study, “The US/Mexico Cycle: The End of an Era”, utilizes information from in-person interviews with 600 returning migrants in order to detail the factors that are driving historic numbers...

Do NSA’s Bulk Surveillance Programs Stop Terrorists?

The New America Foundation released this morning a report that poses, and seeks to answer, one of today’s most popular questions related to federal surveillance programs: “Do NSA’s Bulk Surveillance Programs Stop Terrorists?” The report analyzed 225 individuals recruited by al-Qaida or like-minded groups, and charged in the U.S. with...

Declassified ODNI Report Explores the Link between National Security and the Virtual World

Following a 2009 request from the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has declassified and released a report resulting from a July 2008 ODNI SHARP (Summer Hard Problem) program on “virtual worlds and their implications.” The formerly Confidential-level report, “3D Cyberspace Spillover:...

State of Global Nuclear Security: the 2014 Nuclear Threat Initiative Index

“Today, nearly 2,000 metric tons of weapons-usable nuclear materials remain spread across hundreds of sites around the globe—some of it poorly secured. We know that to get the materials needed to build a bomb, terrorists will not necessarily go where there is the most material; they will go where the...

CHDS Releases Two New “Viewpoints” Editions

On December 20, 2013, the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) welcomed Keith Holtermann and Peter Simpson, two prominent leaders in the field of homeland security, as guests on two new editions of “Viewpoints”. These interviews are now available to view as part of the HSDL collection. CHDS first...

First Responders Defined by the NCHRP

The term ‘first responder’ has been used to describe a number of individuals, from firefighters to FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) personnel. However, with the introduction of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, a working definition needs to be agreed upon between federal and state...

DHS Releases 2013 National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP)

Following the February 2013 issuance of Presidential Policy Directive 21 (PPD-21) that called for an update to the 2009 National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released its newest plan: “NIPP 2013: Partnering for Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience.” The Plan “outlines how government and...