Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

The Blueprint: A New National Security Strategy

During the State of the Union (SOTU) address last month, President Barack Obama highlighted numerous American accomplishments in 2014 such as decreasing the number of troops deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan, and the fall of unemployment to its lowest rate in 6 years. The President also mentioned his future ambitions...

White House’s Caribbean Counternarcotics Strategy

The flow of narcotics into the U.S. from the south has always been one of the most debated issues among U.S. policymakers, especially after President Nixon’s declaration of the “War on Drugs” in 1971. Despite the devotion of substantial resources to quell illegal smuggling, drug trafficking activity to the U.S....

NASEMSO Releases Strategy Document for Improving EMS Preparedness

The National Association of State Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Officials (NASEMSO) released on January 29, 2015, its soon-to-be sentinel work, the Emergency Medical Services Domestic Preparedness Improvement Strategy. This strategy document was created through the hard work of a strategy group consisting of representatives of 13 stakeholder organizations representing EMS at the...

Fukushima Water Contamination – Impacts on the U.S. West Coast

In March of 2011, a magnitude 9.0 undersea earthquake struck off of the coast of Japan, killing 15,889 people. This massive earthquake became known as the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and the Great East Japan Earthquake. The destruction of the Great East Japan Earthquake did not cease after the tsunami...

Super Bowl XLIX: Secretary Johnson Re-launches “If You See Something, Say Something” Campaign

As the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks prepare to battle each other in this Sunday’s upcoming Super Bowl XLIX, the Department of Homeland Security is taking the lead to ensure the University of Phoenix Stadium along with the approximately 100,000 fans attending the game are protected from any...

Live Broadcast on January 29 of DHS 2015: The Secretary’s Progress Report

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:  On January 29, 2015, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson will present his address, DHS 2015: The Secretary’s Progress Report. This report will highlight the past, present, and future ventures of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Aspen Institute Homeland...

Army Releases Report on 2014 Fort Hood Shooting

On April 2, 2014 U.S. Army Specialist Ivan Lopez-Lopez killed four soldiers (including himself) and wounded 12 others aboard the Army Installation in Fort Hood, Texas. This tragic event occurred less than five years after the November 5, 2009 mass shooting at Fort Hood where Army psychiatrist Major Nidal Malik Hasan killed 13 people and injured 30. The Department...

Risky Business: 2015’s Greatest Global Risks

The World Economic Forum recently released its Global Risks 2015: Tenth Edition. The report predicts the likelihood and impact of potential challenges based on the current global landscape and past global issues. These risks are divided into the following categories: Economic, Environmental, Geopolitical, Societal, and Technological. As a result of...

Department of Homeland Security: 2014 Travel and Trade Statistics

In a press release published today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced its 2014 Travel and Trade Statistics. These statistics are provided by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) departments of the U.S. government. In the press release, Secretary Jeh C. Johnson...