Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Cutting Chemical Risks for Wastewater Treatment

The Environmental Defense group just released their new report Eliminating Hometown Hazards: Cutting Chemical Risks at Wastewater Treatment Facilities “Thousands of wastewater treatment facilities exist across the United States. Many use toxic chlorine gas to disinfect the water, storing the gas onsite in large tankers. The practice puts surrounding communities...

UN Report: Al-Qaida seeks more WMD

A new report from the sanctions committee says that Al-qaida is stepping up its efforts to acquire weapons of mass destruction and that the lack of technical expertise is the only thing stopping them from using these weapons. Al-Qaida’s growing presence in Southeast Asia and elsewhere has also made sanctions...

NIST issues update on Trade Center Disaster

The NIST has released a public update on the status of their investigation of the World Trade Center disaster. The investigation focuses on the building construction, the materials used and technical conditions that mitigated the disaster. To read the report go to http://wtc.nist.gov/media/PublicUpdateFinal.pdf Article formerly posted at https://www.hsdl.org/blog/newpost/view/s_161

Structure needed to link info-sharing systems

“Bringing together the intelligence systems scattered between federal, local and state law enforcement agencies can be difficult considering the differing culture of each group. Yet a federation or network of networks, is the cornerstone of the National Criminal Intelligence Sharing plan, a list of recommendations to share sensitive but unclassified...

Fire in the Hole: Nuclear and Non-Nuclear Options

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace recently released their report “Fire in the Hole: Nuclear and Non-Nuclear Options for Counterproliferation” http://www.ceip.org/files/pdf/wp31.pdf This summary is from their website The Bush Administration’s Nuclear Posture Review, leaked earlier this year, advocates new nuclear weapons designed to destroy underground bunkers and neutralize caches of...

National guard to expand homeland defense role

The National Guard will take on more responsiblities in homeland defense, according to a military spokesman during a Defense Manufacturing Conference. With a greater threat of terrorist attacks, the government wants to expand the guard’s role from guarding the defense industrial base to include guarding critical infrastructure sites as well....

Enterprise architecture modeling a key tool

Enterprise architecture modeling is being viewed as a key tool for improving readiness and homeland security. Information technology enterprise architecture is a way of describing and designing complex business and operational relationships. According to President Bush, a unified DHS enterprise architecture would help officials fund homeland security projects based on...

Info-Cop software helps public safety agencies

Info-Cop software enables real-time wireless communication between public safety agencies across the nation. The software provides real-time access to local, state, and federal crime databases over wireless networks. It’s compatible with numerous wireless networks and allows agencies to instantly share information. As a result, this helps reduce risk in potentially...

IT security on a shoestring

This article describes how some federal and state IT managers are dealing with cybersecurity with limited funding available. http://www.fcw.com/supplements/homeland/2003/sup4/hom-solutions-12-01-03.asp Article formerly posted at https://www.hsdl.org/blog/newpost/view/s_154