Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Trimming the net of pipeline maps

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has requested that maps of gas pipelines be removed from the internet as a security measure against terrorism renewing the debate of information and the public’s access. To read more go to http://www.nynews.com/newsroom/011204/a01c12energyside.html Article formerly posted at https://www.hsdl.org/blog/newpost/view/s_226

New report exposes dangers of Agroterrorism

With the recent revelations of bad green onions and now mad cow disease, the agricultural sector has revealed its vulnerability in keeping the food supply safe for consumers. These incidences were not intentional, but a terrorist attack against agricultural targets could have major consequences in the public’s eyes of safety...

Identifying applications of air and space power

A recent publication produced by RAND and prepared for the United States Air Force, describes the role of the U.S. Air Force in the War on Terror and its military capabilities and overall strategy. New concepts and technology are addressed, as well as the tasks of training/advising friendly forces and...

New SSI report focuses on War on Terror

A new report from the Army War College offers insights to the national security debate with respects to the current war on terrorism. Issues addressed include the campaign against al-Qaeda, the war with Iraq and sustainability of U.S. forces. To read the report, click on Bounding the Global War on...

Screening cargo on commerical jets revisited

The U.S. government is seeking proposals from companies to develop proposals to screen cargo loaded into the belly of commercial airplanes for bombs and other threatening material. Currently, measures are in place to screen passengers and their goods but not cargo. To read more, go to http://www.reuters.com/financeNewsArticle.jhtml?type=governmentFilingsNews&storyID=4096560 Article formerly posted...

Report reviews Iraq/WMD and Al Qaeda claims

A new report from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace contradicts the current theories of Iraq’s association with Al Qaeda and its posession of weapons of mass destruction. Details about the report as well as response from Secretary of State Colin Powell can be found at http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2004-01-08-report_x.htm Article formerly posted...

Sensor Nets Top R&D List for Homeland Security

The Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) is focusing research and development efforts on next-generation sensor networks. The agency is channeling approximately $390 million in its current fiscal year into joint private-sector projects to devise new technologies such as sensor systems for detecting radiation and nuclear threats, as well...

Countermissiles on aircraft to be considered

In response to the potential yet real threat of missile attacks on commercial airlines, the Department of Homeland Security has tapped three contractors to study the feasibility of equipping civilian aircraft with countermissile capabilities. Details at http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0104/010604c1.htm Article formerly posted at https://www.hsdl.org/blog/newpost/view/s_219

FEMA emergency responder training in demand

Enrollments for emergency responder training, offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, have increased nearly 10 percent since 2001, especially in distance learning. The curriculum emphasizes preparedness through leadership training, new technology, and best practices. View the full release at http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=10136 Article formerly posted at https://www.hsdl.org/blog/newpost/view/s_218

Foreigners being fingerprinted at U.S. airports

On January 5th, the U.S. began finger-printing and photographing foreigners at airports and seaports in a nationwide program intended to keep borders open and the country more secure. A recent test-run of the program at one airport has already yielded “21 hits” on the FBI’s criminal watch list. The full...