Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Breaking Down the Global Progression of Drones

Research and technology in the field of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or “drones”) is developing at a rapid rate. Military UAVs used for surveillance and aerial assault missions are the most commonly referenced drones in mainstream discourse, however, this technology is quickly diffusing to private sector applications. Privately owned drones...

The National Security Implications of a Changing Climate

The subject of climate change and its implications are continuously disputed. The global warming repercussions are downplayed or exaggerated depending on one’s perspective and news source. As the country moves towards a new election, the prioritization of this issue will be hotly debated. Candidates will provide their various perspectives and...

U.S. Army Energy Security and Sustainability (ES2) Strategy Report

On May 1, 2015, the Army released their Energy Security and Sustainability (ES2) Strategy Report which outlines their plans to, “enhance current and future capabilities, readiness, and performance” all through a, “design and integration of resource considerations into behaviors and decision processes” – in short, the formation and practice of...

2015 National Preparedness Report

In 2011, President Obama issued the  Presidential Policy Directive 8/PPD-8: National Preparedness with the goals of “strengthening the security and resilience of the United States through systematic preparation for the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk to the security of the nation.” The President’s directive, summed up in...

From Islam to Conspiracy Theories: Bin Laden’s Bookshelf Has It All

Fulfilling President Obama’s promise of greater transparency, this week the Office of the Director of National Intelligence declassified and released a portion of Osama Bin Laden’s books and documents recovered following the 2011 raid at a compound in Abottabad, Pakistan that resulted in the death of the infamous jihadist. The eclectic...

President Obama Makes Push to Demilitarize Police

Last week President Obama took action to ban the sale or transfer of certain military style equipment from federal agencies to state, local, and tribal police departments.  President Obama approved the recommendations made by the Law Enforcement Equipment Working Group, a task force created by Executive Order 13688, “Federal Support...

Waco Biker Gang Shootout: Recent Events Highlight Threat to Public Safety

As details emerge regarding yesterday’s violent events in Waco, Texas involving a gun battle between rival biker gangs, the public is being reminded of the threat that Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMGs) pose to public safety.   The event, which occurred on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at a restaurant in a Waco...

Federal Films of the 20th Century

If you are a self-identified “history buff”, “film buff”, or “Americana enthusiast”, you might want to visit FedFlix. FedFlix is Joint Venture NTIS-1832 between the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) and Public.Resource.Org (PRO). The FedFlix project aims to digitize videos from NTIS, DoD and the National Archives and Records Administration, and...