Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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California SMARTER Plan

The State of California, via their website California for All, has released the new report, “California SMARTER: The Next Phase of California’s COVID-19 Response.” “SMARTER” stands for “Shots, Masks, Awareness, Readiness, Testing, Education and Rx (prescriptions and treatments).” The goals for each of these metrics are: Shots: Capacity to administer...

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Examination of U.S. Capitol Police’s Physical Security Efforts for January 6

The U.S. Capitol Police is responsible for protecting the members of Congress, as well as all staff, facilities, and visitors. However, on January 6, 2021, thousands of protestors surrounded the U.S. Capitol, where they attacked and injured several law enforcement officers and eventually breached the building. In light of those...

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Assessing Extremism in the U.S. Military

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland has recently released Radicalization in the Ranks: An Assessment of the Scope and Nature of Criminal Extremism in the United States Military, a report examining criminal extremism amongst active and retired U.S....

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Updated Sea Level Rise Projections for U.S. Coastlines

The U.S. Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flood Hazard Scenarios and Tools Interagency Task Force, composed of representatives from several government agencies and academic institutions such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released an updated sea level rise...

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Murder & Extremism in the U.S. in 2021

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), founded in 1913, routinely tracks and researches hate in the United States and abroad, aiding law enforcement and providing testimonies to members of Congress.  With the release of their new report, Murder & Extremism in the United States 2021, ADL provides an in-depth overview of murders...

Center for Disease Control's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

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 and...

2022 Positive Peace Report Release

The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) has released Positive Peace Report 2022: Analysing the Factors that Build, Predict and Sustain Peace, a report that uses a “Positive Peace Index (PPI)” to evaluate and compare societal peace efforts in 163 countries. Utilizing this index, IEP found that over the past...

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Historical Vaccine Rollouts and COVID-19

The Center for Global Development (CGD) published a working paper that reviews the obstacles to developing vaccines and delivering vaccinations, including against COVID-19, in a historical perspective. In COVID-19 Vaccine Development and Rollout in Historical Perspective, authors Amanda Glassman, Charles Kenny, and George Yang review a subset of the steps...

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Commission on Combating Synthetic Opioid Trafficking Releases Its Final Report

The U.S. Commission on Combating Synthetic Opioid Trafficking, which was established by the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act, has released its final report. Comprised of senators and representatives from both parties, senior members of the executive branch, and nationally recognized subject-matter experts, the Commission outlines a strategic approach to fighting...