Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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Humanitarian Aid Struggling to Meet Needs of Global Humanitarian Crises

The 2018 World Disasters Report released by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) paints a bleak picture of the state of global humanitarian aid. This report describes a humanitarian sector ill-equipped to meet the needs of all people living in crisis globally. In 2017,  humanitarian...

Reducing Risks in Law Enforcement: How to Increase Efficiency and Improve Community Relations?

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and Strategic Applications International (SAI) have released a report detailing the efforts put forward by the law enforcement community to minimize risks and vulnerabilities to civil lawsuits. The report provides highlights gathered during the December 7, 2016 forum focusing on “all aspects...

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Financially Motivated Cyber Threats: A New Suspect is Identified

FireEye, Inc., an independent intelligence-led security company, has published an investigative report highlighting recent activities of the North Korean state-sponsored cyber operations. Based on the intensive review of various offensive actors in the cyber domain, the report identifies a distinct, financially-motivated group, APT38. While APT38 appears to share certain developmental...

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Report Card: DHS Publishes National Fusion Center Assessment

From the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the 2017 National Network of Fusion Centers: Final Report is the culmination of self-reported data from the 2017 assessment from federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial (F/SLTT) entities, as well as homeland security and public safety organizations. Overall, fusion centers continue to make...

The XM157 Class IV Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) has a range and endurance appropriate for the brigade mission. It supports the Brigade Combat Team (BCT) Commander with communications relay, long endurance persistent stare, and wide area surveillance.

Weapons of Choice? The Expanding, Development, Transfer and Use of Armed UAVs

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or UAVs, have significantly proliferated in the last ten years across a host of domains – military, commercial, and consumer. As technological advances continue, the rise in use of armed UAVs and their deployment in a variety of contexts has become increasingly common and increasingly concerning to...

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Technologies to Address Global Catastrophic Biological Risks

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security has released a new report that builds on previous research off of global catastrophic biological risks, or GCBRs. The report, titled Technologies to Address Global Catastrophic Biological Risks, centers on modern technology that can be used to respond to GCBRs. The report points...

What’s in a Number? Why 1.5°C Matters

Though climate change has been part of the global discourse for some time, the international community has been slow to react to the environmental crisis. This reluctance to act may be attributed in part to the ambiguous nature of climate change: How do we know the climate is really changing?...

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Strategy for Protecting and Preparing the Homeland Against Threats from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) and Geomagnetic Disturbance (GMD)

On October 9, 2018, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] released a new strategy designed to address the threats posed by electromagnetic incidents. DHS assesses that such an incident could be “potentially catastrophic” and as such, has released this strategy to protect the critical infrastructure in the United States....