Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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Information Disorder: The Growing Threat of Weaponized Narratives

In this 2019 Threatcasting Lab report, titled Information Disorder Machines: Weaponizing Narrative and the Future of the United States of America, author Brian David Johnson discusses insights and findings from a recent Threatcasting Lab workshop exploring future threats posed by information disorder machines (IDMs) and the implications for U.S. homeland...

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Powering In-Home Health Care in an Emergency

In a June 2019 report by the Resilient Power Project, a project of the Clean Energy Group and the Meridian Institute, authors Marriele Mango and Annie Shapiro discuss the “public health priority” of keeping medically-vulnerable, energy-reliant households powered during natural disasters and emergencies. Home Health Care in the Dark addresses...

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CISA Releases Updated National Emergency Communications Plan

The 2019 edition of the National Emergency Communications Plan (NCEP) has been released by the Department of Homeland Security‘s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). This is the first release of the NCEP since 2014. In the beginning pages of the report, CISA Director, Christopher Krebs, comments on how drastically...

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2017 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics Released

The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Immigration Statistics has released its annual report of immigration statistics, the 2017 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics (2017 Yearbook). The data presented in the 2017 Yearbook goes back as far as the 1860’s, consisting of measurements in the following subject matter: Lawful Permanent Residents,...

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Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Airport Safety Challenges

The Blue Ribbon Task Force on UAS Mitigation at Airports (BRTF) released a report on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and counter-UAS technology, airport safety protocols, and the necessary policy framework. The BRTF, commissioned by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA), studied integration,...

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Is Youth Violence Preventable?

In a recent report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), authors Sarah Bast and Victoria DeSimone examine the question of whether or not the pathways to violence can be disrupted, specifically with regard to youth. The report, “Youth Violence Prevention in the United States: Examining International Terrorists,...

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2018 Crime in the United States Data Released

The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program has released the annual crime statistics report, Crime in the United States, 2018. The UCR Program collects information on offenses known to law enforcement, including violent crimes of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault, as well as the property crimes...