Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Military Response to Hurricane Sandy

The Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) has released a new report, Toward a Unified Military Response: Hurricane Sandy and the Dual Status Commander, on the military response to Hurricane Sandy. In this study, conducted over a year, authors Ryan Burke and Sue McNeil discuss the dual status commander arrangement. “Military commanders authorized by law to...

Publicly Funded Islamic Education

The Brookings Project on U.S.. Relations with the Islamic World has released an Analysis Paper, Publicly Funded Islamic Education in Europe and the United States, by Jenny Berglund. From the Brookings website, “Islamic religious education in the United States and Europe has become a subject of intense debate after Muslims...

From the Boston Marathon to the Islamic State: Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s counterterrorism lecture series has organized numerous discussions focused on terrorism as a critical factor shaping and affecting U.S. Middle East policy. Since its inception in December 2007, the Institute’s lecture series has featured numerous officials from a diverse assortment of government agencies providing...

Boston Strong: Analyzing the Response to the Marathon Bombings Two Years Later

On April 15, 2013, brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev set off two explosives near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The explosions resulted in three fatalities and over 250 injured. Three days later, the FBI identified the Tsarnaevs as suspects and released their photos to the press. When the...

A Friend in Need: Challenges for Cross-border Emergency Response

Photo: “An intersection which separates the State of Vermont and the Province of Quebec. The international boundary transects buildings on Church Street in Derby Line, Vermont, and Rue Church in Stanstead, Quebec, highlighting the close relationship between local first responders who frequently cross the border to render aid.” The Canadian Interoperability...

CRS “R” Us

Did you know the HSDL has a vast collection of CRS Reports and Issue Briefs? These reports, from the Congressional Research Service, are available to the public on our site, no login required. Below is a selection of recently added and highly relevant reports for homeland security readers: Balancing Tourism...

A Step in the Right Direction: The Framework to Prevent an Iranian Nuclear Weapon

The international community has taken harsh measures to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, including imposing severe economic sanctions, and more intrusive actions, such as Stuxnet. Throughout his time in office, President Obama has maintained his commitment to resolving this issue diplomatically. When Hassan Rouhani became president of Iran in...

The Future, Now. DARPA on the Front Lines of US Technological Superiority

Spurred by the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik in 1957, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has endeavored since its creation to develop breakthrough technologies for the United States to ensure we are “the initiator and not the victim of strategic technological surprises.” With many of its technologies standing at the forefront of...

Much Ado about Nothing: New Report Shows Terrorist Plots in the US Involving Muslim-Americans at Lowest Point Since 2008

The Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security (TCTHS) is a collaboration of efforts from Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and RTI International. Their mission is to “enhance the understanding of terrorism and the means to combat it through education, research and the development of...