Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

FBI Releases 2014 U.S. Crime Data

Each year the Criminal Justice Information Services Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) publishes the annual arrest statistics from the year prior. Today the FBI released its Uniform Crime Reports: 2014: Crime in the United States. This vast dataset is displayed in three categories: Offenses Known to Law...

USGS ‘Eggcelling’ with Bird Flu Research Strategy

The first thing most consumers check when purchasing eggs at a grocery store is whether or not any of them are broken, but nowadays consumers are checking something else even before they reach for the carton…the price.  The recent outbreak of avian influenza viruses, including the highly pathogenic avian influenza...

Security Preparations for Pope Francis’ Visit

Pope Francis’ visit to the US next week poses significant security challenges.  The Secret Service has committed an unprecedented amount of time and manpower to ensuring the Pope’s security during his five-day tour, even going so far as to declare his visit a National Special Security Event (NSSE).  A recent...

Screening Gaps for Foreign Shipments DamageUS Security and Economy, Study Says

Picture two packages.  They contain identical contents, were purchased from the same independent online retailer in Canada, and are shipped to the same US address. One distinguishing factor, however, is likely to determine whether or not they will be screened by US Customs and Border Protection. Copenhagen Economics recently unveiled...

The Current Islamist Threat in the United States

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security recently released their Terror Threat Snapshot for September 2015. This monthly newsletter is one of the avenues the Committee uses to inform the American public of the terrorist threat across the nation. Each Snapshot contains a variety of pertinent information, such...

Protecting U.S. Interests in the Cyber Realm

It is difficult to keep track of the rate at which our environment is becoming interconnected. For example, modern car tires can now relay air-pressure to dashboard displays or smartphones via bluetooth technology. Innovation at such a rapid rate can drastically increase efficiency, but likewise it can also expose vulnerabilities....

Ferguson After-Action Assessment

This past August marked the one-year anniversary of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Subsequent unrest unraveled in Ferguson in the months that followed Brown’s death, unrest that recently resurfaced in a third wave that occurred between August 9, 2015 and August 11,...

Hurricane Katrina: The Catalyst for Change

From Chaos Comes Clarity Ten years ago this week, Hurricane Katrina terrorized the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico from August 23-31, making landfall in Louisiana on August 29. More than 1,800 people lost their lives and many more were displaced temporarily or permanently. Hurricane Katrina was the costliest disaster in...

Police Use of Force: Improving Policies, Training, and Police “Culture”

In the past few years, the American law enforcement profession has been in the spotlight over controversial incidents involving the use of deadly force.  The incidents, and subsequent public reactions, received national and international coverage leading to calls for change in police tactics. In response, the Police Executive Research Forum...

H2Tools: Safety Precautions for Hydrogen Technologies

In light of ever-increasing demand for renewable energy sources, hydrogen – the most abundant element on the planet – offers a compelling alternative to fossil fuels. In addition to its many industrial applications, nine major auto makers are currently developing hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCVs). Each fuel cell lasts 5,000...