Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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Top Emerging National Security Threats

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report highlighting the most significant threats to American security. GAO utilized survey information provided by 45 government organizations, including the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of State (State), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)....

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Homeland Security Against Illicit Terrorist Travel

The House Homeland Security Committee Majority Staff released a report exposing threats posed by terrorists, also known as Special Interest Aliens (SIAs), traveling to the United States from a country identified as having possible or established links to terrorism. The report examines ways to prevent these individuals from getting access to...

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In Focus: Government Shutdown

New In Focus available with resources on the potential Government Shutdown. Each HSDL In Focus brings together short lists of resources in the HSDL collection that are highly relevant to current events. Please Note: An HSDL account may be required to view some resources.

Members of the 436th Security Forces Squadron clear rooms during an active shooter exercise Feb. 26, 2018, at the George S. Welch Elementary School and Dover Air Force Base Middle School on Dover AFB, Del. Security Forces has developed a strong relationship with local and state police departments by hosting joint exercises where all units benefit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

School Safety – It Takes a Village

The Federal Commission on School Safety was established in March 2018 to examine the issues and incidents that compromise the safety of students in U.S. schools. The Commission worked to understand the complexity of the problem of school safety by organizing field visits and meetings with organizations and individuals committed...

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Tactics and Tropes of the Internet Research Agency

New Knowledge, an organization dedicated to defending public discourse and tracking disinformation operations, has released The Tactics & Tropes of the Internet Research Agency. This comprehensive report used social medial posts and metadata provided by Facebook, Twitter, and Alphabet (Google’s parent company) to quantify and contextualize the extent of the...

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In Focus: Fentanyl and Opioid Crisis

New In Focus available with resources on Fentanyl and the Opioid Crisis. Each HSDL In Focus brings together short lists of resources in the HSDL collection that are highly relevant to current events. This list includes recently released reports on the continuing crisis of fentanyl and opioid addiction in the...

Extreme Weather Events Will Be More Frequent In the Future: Climate Study

The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS) recently published a report revealing a substantial link between climate change and various global extreme weather events of 2017. Titled “Explaining Extreme Events of 2017: From a Climate Perspective,” the report offers 17 analyses that comprise: Droughts in the U.S. Northern Plains and...

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2018 National Strategy for Countering WMD Terrorism

President Donald J. Trump has released a National Strategy for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism that focuses on preventing the use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by terrorists. The Strategy highlights the growth in terrorists’ “capabilities and aspirations” to pursue WMD enabled by the advances in dual-use technology...