Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

New Agency probes bomb making techniques

Forensic analysis of bombs found in the Mideast, Asia and Africa is beginning to show a relationship among the terrorist groups through their bombmaking techniques. The Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center or TEDAC, is a new unit under the FBI and is working hard to piece together the fragments of...

Iraq’s Legacy of Terror: Mass Graves

A recent report published by the U.S. Agency for International Development describes the vast human tragedy of mass murder during Saddam Hussein’s reign, and Iraq’s mass graves. This report includes first-hand accounts from three Iraqis who survived the mass murders. In the foreward, Andrew Natsios, Administrator of the U.S. Agency...

Grant awards for Technical Assistance Program

The Office for Domestic Preparedness (ODP) is accepting applications for the Fiscal Year 2004 Homeland Security Preparedness Technical Assistance Program. The program is designed to enhance the capacity of emergency responders to prevent, deter, or respond to terrorist incidents involving weapons of mass destruction. Cooperative Agreements and Grant Awards will...

The DARPA Grand Challenge

Robots, start your engines as the DARPA Grand Challenge will be off and running on March 13, 2004. The Grand Challenge is a field test of autonomous robotic vehicle technology and will cover 225 miles of routes from southern California to Nevada. The challenge will promote the research of robotic...

Climate change cause for concern

Despite heroic efforts to ensure homeland security for America, perhaps the greatest and uncontrollable threat could be the weather. A recent report warns of the consequences of Global warming resulting in abrupt climate changes that could threaten the political stabilities of regional areas. Long and harsher winters in the north...

FBI to boost numbers of Analysts

Responding to criticism of the alleged failure to connect the dots leading to September 11, the FBI is recruiting 900 new analysts. This would be an increase of 76 % with more than half of them assigned to combating terrorists. The analysts will be looking at raw intelligence from the...

Homeland Security gets a “dusting”

For terrorists and adversaries, a good housekeeper could be the best deterrent in the discovery of their clandestine activities. In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s tech venture and other investors are developing “smart dust”, miniature sensors that track measure heat, movement, analyze compounds, and other intelligence gathering measures. More on smart dust can...

New Critical Infrastructure Program launched

The Department of Homeland Security announced the creation of the “Protected Critical Infrastructure Information (PCII) Program. The aim of the program is to solicit infrastructure information from the private sector that could be vulnerable to a terrorist attack. Much of the information, if attacked could severely disrupt public health, national...

Vet Reserve Corp ready for agroterrorism

One of the latest teams to come on board in the response plan for agroterrorism is the Reserve Veterinary Corps. This volunteer group of veterinarians, formed about a year ago, are equipped with the latest in GPS, cameras and other equipment making them the “eyes and ears” in the field....

Homeland Defense reaps recycled Army vehicles

United Defense, one of the largest suppliers of military equipment now has a domestic client, the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office in Alabama. The Sheriff’s department just received the first of two 12 ton Tactical Command Post Vehicle, a member of the M113 family used in search and rescue, counter drug...