Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Over the River and Through the Woods: Travel Tips from the HSDL

If you’re venturing to and from grandmother’s house this holiday season, the HSDL would like to offer our warmest wishes, along with some tips for personal and travel safety:  Decorations and Christmas trees help spread holiday cheer in our neighborhoods and workplaces, but they can also be a fire risk. Check out...

Active Shooters: Preparation, Mitigation, and Response

Columbine, Virginia Tech, Fort Hood, Aurora, Newtown, Colorado Springs, San Bernardino. In an age of increasingly common active shooter incidents, this seemingly random list of locations is all too familiar to Americans. Aiming to increase preparedness for future events, the Interagency Security Committee released Planning and Response to an Active Shooter:...

2014 Edition of the National Incident-Based Reporting System

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released the 2014 report of the the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS).  2014 NIBRS is data-rich: not only does it cover 4,759,438 incidents involving 5,489,485 offenses, but it also provides details such as “location, time of day, relationship between victim and offender, and whether the...

ALERT: NORAD Indicates Expected Airspace Violations by Entities from the North

NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, has indicated that it expects a violation of US sovereignty by repeat offenders. Late this month, during what is expected to be a silent night, an aircraft using a yet unidentified propulsion engine is expected to traverse the skies over the US and other...

Disaster Response, FEMA, and the DoD: A Relationship in Progress

RAND has published a new report, titled Improving DoD Support to FEMA’s All-Hazards Plans, which discusses the relationship between the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with regards to disaster response in the United States.  Currently, the DoD does not play a front-line role in disaster response,...

Answering San Bernardino:Defining Terrorism and Home Grown Extremism

As details of the mass shooting in San Bernardino continue to emerge, America is once again confronted with difficult questions. In the immediate aftermath, many wondered: was this a terrorist attack or a personal grievance? What differentiates the events of San Bernardino from last week’s attack on Planned Parenthood in...

DHS Cyber Incident Data and Analysis Working Group

Cybersecurity continues to emerge as a crucial endeavor for both the public and private sectors alike. In an attempt to address cyber threats, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) organized four separate Cybersecurity Insurance Working Sessions between 2012-2014, where cybersecurity professionals “examined the existing cybersecurity insurance marketplace, described obstacles to...

Ebola in the U.S.: An ‘Epidemic’ of Fear and Quarantines

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Yale Global Health Justice Partnership (GHJP) have issued a report detailing the significant failure of the United States to properly handle the Ebola epidemic during the past year. Fear, Politics, and Ebola: How Quarantines Hurt the Fight Against Ebola and Violate the...

National Threat Assessment Center Releases New Reports

The National Threat Assessment Center has released several new reports focusing on threat assessment investigations and supporting case studies. The documents can be accessed via the Homeland Security Digital Library links below:  Attacks on Federal Government, 2001-2013: Threat Assessment Considerations, examines the acts of violence at government facilities and property from 2001-2013, and...

Analyzing ISIS Activity in the U.S.

In light of last month’s attacks in Paris and recent political discourse on Syrian refugee policies, substantial attention has been given to ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) and its influence throughout the west. Despite the geographic displacement compared to European nations, the U.S. is still a major target...