Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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QuickRoute Navigation App Now Available for First Responders

On March 5, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced the release of QuickRoute, a navigation application geared especially for first responders.  Three years in the making, the highly anticipated app “addresses more challenges than a typical GPS application, including narrow lanes, inclement weather,...

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In Focus: Disaster Fatigue

New In Focus now available on the Disaster Fatigue. A collection of resources focused on disaster fatigue of first responders. Described by Fresno County Director of Behavioral Health Dawan Utecht, “Disaster fatigue is a term used to really describe a collision of many disasters.” Back-to-back crises can lead to the decomposition...

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2021 Update on Defense Support of Civil Authorities

The Air Land Sea Application (ALSA) Center released updated Multi-Service tactics, techniques, and procedures (MTTP) on Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) detailing how military assets and personnel can be used to assist in missions normally carried out by civil authorities. “There are critical differences among homeland defense operations, DSCA,...

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National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence Releases Final Report

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) recently released their Final Report which finds the U.S. government is not adequately prepared “to defend the United States in the coming AI era” and needs to “invest substantially more resources in AI innovation to protect its security, promote its prosperity, and...

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Countering QAnon: Understanding the Role of Human Trafficking in the Disinformation-Extremist Nexus

In the aftermath of the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, it was found that many of the rioters were supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theory movement. QAnon’s main premise is that prominent members of the Democratic Party and Hollywood elite comprise a transnational ring of Satan-worshiping pedophiles engaging...

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“This is Our House!”: A Preliminary Assessment of the Capitol Hill Participants

In a report released by The Program on Extremism at George Washington University, a team of researchers aimed to analyze the more than 250 individuals who were charged in actively participating in the January 6th storming of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.  They gathered information from court records and...

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Cybercrime: The Business of Fraud

Cybercrime has become an increasingly prevalent threat in today’s society. As more people around the world turn to online shopping, remote work, online dating, and banking, cybercriminals continue to gain the necessary knowledge to create a lucrative enterprise. In The Business of Fraud: An Overview of How Cybercrime Gets Monetized, ...