Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Nonproliferation policy successes and challenges

On March 30, 2004, John R. Bolton, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, gave testimony to the House International Relations Committee regarding the Bush Administration’s Nonproliferation Policy: Successes and Future Challenges. In his testimony, he describes why ousting Saddam Hussein bolstered international security. He also discusses...

Future Strategic Strike Forces report

The Defense Science Board Task Force has just disclosed a February 2004 report entitled “Future Strategic Strike Forces.” The recommendations in this report are designed to give future Presidents an integrated, flexible, and highly reliable set of strike options with today’s tactical flexibility but on a global scale. Key recommendations...

Debut of “OpenTheGovernment” website

In response to increased government secrecy at the local, state, and federal levels, a coalition of organizations and individuals have united to work towards increased accountability through openness, and state-level outreach. The coalition is funded by The Bauman Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and The Schooner...

CIO of Homeland Security outlines Information priorities

Responding to the Inspector General’s report assessing Homeland Security’s strengths and weaknesses, Steve Cooper, Chief Information Officer delivered his view that the critical missions for his group are information sharing, IT infrastructure integration and data security. Speaking at the Federal Office Systems Expo, Mr. Cooper noted that its a race...

Department of Homeland Security Review released

The Department of Homeland Security has just released its review of management goals and challenges defined one year ago at its creation. The special challenge of coordinating 22 different agencies and providing financial and grant opportunities for domestic defense and first responder were just some of the initial problems facing...

New report: Immigration and National Security

The Nixon Center has just released a monograph, “Bearers of Global Jihad? Immigration and National Security.” This study examines the connection between immigration and national security in the wake of the events of September 11, 2001. The author observes such issues as the linkage between terrorism and immigration post-9/11; Al...

U.N. Security Council presented resolution on non-proliferation

On March 24, 2004, the Bush Administration presented the U.N. Security Council with a “Draft Resolution on Non-Proliferation” that would outlaw the transfer of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons to terrorists and mercenary organizations. The resolution calls upon states to adopt and enforce appropriate laws that will prohibit the transfer...

Wireless technology for battlefield environments

The U.S. Defense Department has apportioned about $3 million in funding over three years to a project to develop “space-time processing for tactical mobile ad-hoc networks” for establishing wireless mobile communications on the battlefield. Electrical engineers at the University of California, San Diego will lead a six-university effort to enable...

CIA, Afghanistan, and terrorism explored in new books

Several new books are out highlighting the history and policies of the United States, the CIA, Afghanistan and terrorism. “Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001,” by Pulitzer Prize winner Steve Coll, gives a historical account of...