Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Effectiveness of US Navy weapons systems – MK-48 Sub-launched torpedo

The warhead of the US Navy’s MK-48 torpedo contains explosive power equivalent to approximately 1200 pounds of TNT. This explosive power is maximized when the warhead detonates below the keel of the target ship, as opposed to striking it directly. When the detonation occurs below the keel, the resulting pressure...

Justice announces new Intelligence Agency

The Justice Department has announced the creation of a new agency for coordination of Intelligence agencies. The Joint Intelligence Coordinating Council will direct the collection and analysis of intelligence of federal, state and local enforcement agencies in an effort to better fight the war on terrorism. Law enforcement agencies, Attorney...

Recovery of Los Alamos Natl. Laboratory information

The recovery of information that was removed from the website of Los Alamos National Laboratory after September 11, 2001, continues with the posting of all back issues of Los Alamos Science, the lab’s esteemed annual journal. The journal covers a variety of current topics in science and technology, including nuclear...

The lighter side of the Patriot Act

Thought you knew the Patriot Act? Test your skills and understanding with the new Patriot Act Game. Based loosely on a Monopoly style board game, the Patriot Act Game is a fun introduction to the Act, using actual cases and aspects of the Act. Designed by a public defender, the...

NSA tackles network security challenges

The National Security Agency has taken on “a number of initiatives to tackle the toughest network security problems ever, from Internet interoperability and network convergence to wireless vulnerabilities.” This recent online issue of Military Information Technology looks at issues of secure interoperability; iridium security; NSA progress on the final version...

Anniversary report on Dept. of Homeland Security details security

The Democratic Office of the Select Committee on Homeland Security released a new report “America at Risk: Closing the Security Gap” giving an assessment of accomplishments in making the country safer and outlining where the committee felt there were shortcomings and security gaps. The report looks at prevention, border security,...

Passenger data transfer by TSA assailed

In a 10 page report from the Homeland Security Department’s chief privacy officer, the Transportation Security Administration was roundly criticized for giving confidential passenger data from JetBlue airways to a U.S. Army contractor. The report asserts that the transfer violated the spirit of the Privacy Act of 1974 and that...

Homeland Security Dept. rolls out new infrastructure network

The Department of Homeland Security unveiled a new network system designed to aid law enforcement agencies in responding to crime and disaster scenes involving infrastructure. The Homeland Security Information Network or HSIN will initially supply information to law enforcement’s sensitive classification with plans to upgrade to a secret level. More...

New interim rule on handling critical infrastructure information

On February 20, 2004, the Department of Homeland Security published its interim rule on “critical infrastructure information” (CII). This interim rule establishes procedures to implement section 214 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 regarding the receipt, care, and storage of critical infrastructure information voluntarily submitted to the Department of...

Hudson Institute launches Mad-Cow-Facts.com

Hudson Institute’s Center for Global Food Issues has launched a new website to sort fact from fiction about Mad Cow Disease. The new site, http://www.Mad-Cow-Facts.com, offers credible, well-sourced information and analysis from academic and industry experts; commentary on how some groups and industries exploit fears about the disease; and links...