Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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Foreign Interference During the 2020 U.S. Elections

The National Intelligence Council, through the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, recently declassified its assessment on the role of foreign actors in the 2020 U.S. elections. Using a collection of intelligence reporting, the assessment outlines five key judgments in Foreign Threats to the 2020 US Federal Elections: Key...

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In Case You Missed It: MMWR and COVID

The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) maintains a collection of the Centers for Disease Control‘s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), which collects and analyzes data from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on epidemiology and public health. Each issue of the MMWR is packed with raw and analyzed public health data...

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Coronavirus Relief Fund for Counties Around the Nation: A Review

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020 included the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF), which gave immediate financial assistance to state and other local governments.  The National Association of Counties (NACo) petitioned the National Academy of Public Administrators (NAPA) to conduct an independent review of...

Terrorism and Technology: The Role of Drones

The Association of the United States Army recently published The Role of Drones in Future Terrorist Attacks, which investigates the relationship between technological advancements and terrorism. More specifically, the paper focuses on how terrorists can use drones to benefit their cause by increasing the effectiveness of their operations. Drones have...

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Origins of Institutional Distrust and COVID Vaccine Disinformation

In their report, A Contagion of Institutional Distrust: Viral Disinformation of the COVID Vaccine and the Road to Reconciliation, the Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI), along with Rutgers University, delves into mapping out where disinformation originates and why there is distrust about the COVID-19 Vaccine and coinciding health policy mandates...

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QuickRoute Navigation App Now Available for First Responders

On March 5, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced the release of QuickRoute, a navigation application geared especially for first responders.  Three years in the making, the highly anticipated app “addresses more challenges than a typical GPS application, including narrow lanes, inclement weather,...

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In Focus: Disaster Fatigue

New In Focus now available on the Disaster Fatigue. A collection of resources focused on disaster fatigue of first responders. Described by Fresno County Director of Behavioral Health Dawan Utecht, “Disaster fatigue is a term used to really describe a collision of many disasters.” Back-to-back crises can lead to the decomposition...

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2021 Update on Defense Support of Civil Authorities

The Air Land Sea Application (ALSA) Center released updated Multi-Service tactics, techniques, and procedures (MTTP) on Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) detailing how military assets and personnel can be used to assist in missions normally carried out by civil authorities. “There are critical differences among homeland defense operations, DSCA,...