Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

New report on cyber attacks released

The Technical Analysis Group of the Institute for Security Technology Studies at Dartmouth College has just released the second of a three report series that addresses cyber attacks. This report looks at the gaps between the needs of law enforcement to prevent cyber attacks and the existing technology and identifies...

Dept. of Homeland Security — the series!

The Department of Homeland Security has moved from the news hour to prime time. DHS — the Series is a fictionalized account of intelligence, law enforcement and first responders collaborating to keep the nation safe from terrorists. The series has had unprecedented cooperation from various governmental agencies and reportedly won...

New technology advisory panel for DHS announced

Drawing on the expertise of the government and the scientific community, the Department of Homeland Security announced its new 18 member science and technology advisory committee. The panel’s mission will be to provide the best of science to ensure safety from terrorist acts. Currently, border security has been greatly enhanced...

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...