Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Bill arming cargo plan pilots passes Senate

Warned that Al-Qaeda may be planning to hijack cargo planes, the U.S. Senate approved a bill to allow cargo pilots to be armed. The air freight industry objected to the bill saying that guns in the cockpit could actually make the flight more vulnerable, not less. Details on the bill...

Operation ICE Storm

On November 10th, the Dept. of Homeland Security and other government officials joined to announce Operation ICE Storm, a multi-agency initiative led by the Department’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to combat human smuggling and violence. ICE agents will combine immigration, smuggling, and financial investigative powers to attack criminal rings...

Testimony on first responder interoperability

Aldona Valicenti, NASCIO member and CIO for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, testified last week at a joint hearing of the United States House of Representatives Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats, and International Relations and Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and the Census. Her testimony addressed the issue...

Risk management strategy to border management

A wide array of technologies are used in checking cars and drivers on the Mexican-US border. With limited money and new technologies still on the drawing board, officials use a risk management approach to identify in advance low-risk visitors and cargo, allowing for faster passage across the border. Full report...

Intelligent Transportation

Intelligent transportation systems are being used to enhance existing infrastructure, improve traffic patterns, and reduce bottlenecks. ITS also has potential applications for safety and homeland security, such as improvement of response times during emergencies, and assistance in agency cooperation and data sharing. The full article is available at http://www.washingtontechnology.com/news/18_14/cover-stories/21872-1.html Article...

H.S. Grants 2004; California lowest per capita

Despite having more than 12 percent of the nation’s population and several potential terrorist attacks sites, California will once again receive the least per capita dollars for homeland security, about $5.00 per person. (see table). Congressional representatives argue that the government needs to re-assess its grant formula to distribute funds...

Pakistan Event Chronology

The Congressional Research Service has issued a report on the chronology of events in Pakistan since September 11, 2001. The report lists major events, in reverse order, as they pertain to U.S.-Pakistan relations. This report can be viewed at http://fpc.state.gov/documents/organization/26049.pdf Article formerly posted at https://www.hsdl.org/blog/newpost/view/s_120

Report on International Terrorism in South Asia

The Congressional Research Service has issued a report reviewing the international terrorist environment in South Asia. This report focuses on the terrorist threats in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India as they affect key U.S. policy goals. This report can be found at http://fpc.state.gov/documents/organization/26047.pdf Article formerly posted at https://www.hsdl.org/blog/newpost/view/s_119

Local gov to help with info-sharing plans

The nature of homeland security operations often requires DHS to share data with counties and local municipalities, and how that happens will be part of the department’s enterprise architecture plan. However, it is difficult to deal with 3,000 counties and nearly 90,000 municipalities simultaneously. Full report at http://www.fcw.com/geb/articles/2003/1103/web-dhs-11-07-03.asp Article formerly...

New translation center will aid intelligence

Noting the critical shortage of translators, the CIA and FBI will be aided by the newly created National Virtual Translation Center. What makes this new center unique is that many of the translators reside throughout the country and will receive their materials electronically through a password sensitive system. This will...