Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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In Focus: Biodefense

New In Focus now available on Biodefense. A collection of resources that focuses on mitigating the effects of biological hazards by strengthening biodefense policy. This list includes national biodefense and health security strategies, recommendations for public health preparedness and response, and after-action reports on the response to COVID-19. Please Note: An HSDL account...

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In Case You Missed It: MMWR and COVID

The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) maintains a collection of the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), which collects and analyzes data from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on epidemiology and public health. Each issue of the MMWR is packed with raw and analyzed public health data and...

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SpOC’s 2022 Strategic Plan

Space Operations Command’s (SpOC) 2022 Strategic Plan outlines their goals and objectives as they continue to improve their warfighting posture. The Strategic Plan identifies the following 6 Lines of Effort (LOE) and their supporting objectives: 1: Advance SpOC-wide Preparations for Protect & Defend and Contested Operations Advance preparedness for contested...

Secretary Blinken Delivers Remarks on the 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

State Department Releases 2021 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of State released the latest 2021 edition of the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which documents the status of human rights and worker rights in 198 countries and territories around the world. The reports paint a clear picture of where human rights and democracy are under threat. They...

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Case studies on America’s Ransomware Attack Preparedness

Cybersecurity becomes increasingly challenging as criminal tactics evolve and adapt. American companies are at the forefront as they race to strengthen network security in response to cyber threats. In 2021 the United States experienced the most ransomware threats at 421.5 million— a sharp increase from 2020. To assist companies in...

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Climate Change Risk Assessment: National Critical Functions

The RAND Corporation has released Assessing Risk to the National Critical Functions as a Result of Climate Change, a report developed by the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC) for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). This report outlines the implications of climate change on National Critical Functions (NCFs)...

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Analyzing Global Disinformation and Information Operations

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) has launched a website with the purpose of tracking global disinformation campaigns on social media. ASPI’s recent report- Understanding Global Disinformation and Information Operations: Insights from ASPI’s New Analytic Website provides a brief analysis of the data provided. The website described within presents a...

GNET Report Examines Violent Conspiratorial Narratives

The Global Network on Extremism and Technology (GNET) recently published the report – The Role of Violent Conspiratorial Narratives in Violent and Non-Violent Extreme Right Manifestos Online, 2015-2020. While there now exists an academic consensus stressing the importance of extremist words that sharply delineate, reify and polarise in‑ and out‑group...