Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

2015 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report

 The 2015 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, was submitted to Congress.  Volume 1, Drugs and Chemical Control, describes steps taken by over 80  governments (from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014) to protect their citizens  from the harmful effects of drugs. The report covers different aspects of the fight, such  as...

The World of Tomorrow and the Rise of Individual Criminal Entrepreneurs

The European Police Office (Europol) presented their view on the future of serious and organized crime in the European Union this month with the report “Exploring Tomorrow’s Organised Crime”. The release of this report comes at an opportune time for EU policymakers. The first full multi-annual policy cycle on serious...

Forward, Engaged, Ready: A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower

The United States Navy recently released their Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower report. Since their last issue from 2007, there has been a boatload of changes regarding security, environment and strategy. Referencing the 2014 Quadrennial Defense and Homeland Security Reviews, maritime strategy continues to, “advance our national interests in an...

Speaking for the Future: Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Offers Final Recommendations

Most readers will recall where they were when they first heard the news: “Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting Leaves 28 Dead”. A wave of grief and horror poured over the American public as the news spread. “On December 14, 2012, one of the most vicious and incomprehensible domestic attacks in American...

Ethics and Ebola: Public Health Planning and Response

In February, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues released a report titled, Ethics and Ebola: Public Health Planning and Response. Although the Ebola epidemic in western Africa no longer dominates national news headlines, issues concerning Ebola and its ethical implications remain relevant. This relevancy is based on...

Cyber-attack at 35,000ft

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report to congressional requesters titled “FAA Needs to Address Weaknesses in Air Traffic Control Systems.” The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ensures the advancement, safety, and regulation of civil aviation, as well as the development of the air traffic control (ATC) system. They...

Major Disaster Assistance from the Disaster Relief Fund: State Profiles

Each year in the United States, various types of disasters occur across the homeland. From devastating hurricanes to mild wildfires, these disasters impact U.S. citizens on local, state, and national levels. When such disasters occur, the President is authorized to issue disaster declarations in order to financially aid communities in...

US Intelligence Community Releases its Worldwide Threat Assessment

Today Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James R. Clapper delivered the United States Intelligence Community’s 2015 assessment of threats to US national security. Director Clapper speaks on Global Threats like Cyber, Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction and Proliferation, Space and Counterspace, Transnational Organized Crime, Economics and Natural Resources and Human Security, as...