Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

A New U.S. National Counterintelligence Strategy

For the first time since 2009, the National Counterintelligence Strategy of the United States of America has been released at the unclassified level. The Counterintelligence Enhancement Act of 2002 requires that a national counterintelligence strategy be produced at least every three years for approval by the President. The National Counterintelligence and...

Paris and the Threat of the Islamic State: Background and Context

The gruesome acts of violence perpetrated against innocent civilians in Paris last Friday night have fixed the world’s attention on the Islamic State.  With an estimated 129 killed and nearly three times as many injured, the international community has responded with grief, outrage, and shows of solidarity with the people...

2015 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) released the 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary earlier this morning.  The annual assessment details the threats posed by drug use, drug trafficking, and relevant criminal organizations. According to the report, more Americans die from drug overdose than from motor vehicle or firearm-related accidents annually. ...

Modernization of U.S. Federal Cybersecurity Improving, but More Work Is Still Needed

Tony Scott, the Federal Chief Information Officer, recently outlined in a blog post some of the improvements the U.S. government has made with regards to modernizing cybersecurity policies, systems, and infrastructure in an effort to better defend against the ever-increasing cyber attacks that threaten our national security every day. These...

ICIT Chastises OPM’s Lack of Modern Cybersecurity in an Official Analysis

The Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT) describes itself as a “nonprofit (status pending), non-partisan group of the world’s most innovative experts and companies that provide technologies and solutions to support and protect our nation’s critical infrastructures.” ICIT serves as a go-between for the private sector, federal agencies, and the...

Ambushes and Violence Against Police – New Report from the DOJ

This week, the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) released a new report which analyzes two decades worth of data regarding ambushes and violence against police officers. Titled Ambushes of Police: Environment, Incident Dynamics, and the Aftermath of Surprise Attacks against Law Enforcement, the report...

U.S. Falls Dangerously Short on Biodefense

In late 2014, the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense was convened to assess U.S. biodefense efforts. Yesterday, they released the National Blueprint for Biodefense. The conclusion was that the United States is “dangerously vulnerable to a biological event” and that the biodefense effort lacks “strong centralized leadership at the highest level...

Stay Informed as the End of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Nears

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and HSDL has what you need to stay informed and safe in the virtual world.  To raise awareness of this very important topic, here are a few resources that highlight current trends, themes and tips to make your digital world safe from those who...

17th Annual International Religious Freedom Report

Yesterday Secretary of State John Kerry presented the Department of State’s International Religious Freedom Report for 2014. This report is in its 17th year and holds the message that countries benefit when their citizens have religious freedom. Secretary Kerry emphasized that “the concept of religious freedom extends way beyond mere tolerance....