Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Online grants now available for first responders

Grant allocation for state and local first responders can now be conducted at a central online site. Over $2.2 billion dollars in grant funding is now available for funding from the Office for Domestic Preparedness for first responders to prevent, respond and recover from potential act of terrorism. Read the...

Potential of nanotech armor

The Pentagon is talking with U.S. Global Nanospace about retrofitting military Humvee doors and turrets with a new lightweight nanotech-based armor made from polymer fibers. The armor, which is made a molecule at a time using nanotechnology, is said to be stronger than steel and able to stop shrapnel and...

Air Cargo Strategic Plan

The TSA announced its Air Cargo Security Strategic Plan which details a multiphased, risk-based blueprint for implementing a comprehensive air cargo security approach by applying existing capabilities and pursuing emerging technologies. Details at http://www.tsa.gov/public/display?theme=44&content=0900051980069bfe Article formerly posted at https://www.hsdl.org/blog/newpost/view/s_138

Most Wanted Safety Improvements

On November 18, the National Transportation Safety Board revealed its revised Most Wanted safety recommendations list. Recommendations to federal agencies are described in detail under specific modes: aviation, highway, intermodal, marine, pipeline, and railroad. Issues are color coded to indicate action and timeliness of progress. Full details available at http://www.ntsb.gov/Recs/mostwanted/index.htm...

FBI hits roadblock in terrorist gun purchases

According to the Justice Department, “being a suspected member of a a terrorist organization doesn’t disqualify a person from owning a gun any more than being under investigation for a non-terrorism felony would”. This affirmation has stymied the FBI in its investigation of weapons purchases by known terrorists and raised...

Limited cargo security checks to begin

The Transportation Security Administration announced that it will begin random inspections of cargo on passenger and cargo airlines. Members of Congress have argued that beefing up security through pilot protection and screening passengers and their luggage and not cargo increases only limited security and has urged the TSA to do...

Bad news on Bioweapons

As bad as the potential use of biological weapons can be, scientists now have concluded that genetically engineered pathogens could be far more lethal than current potential threats. In the newly released summary The Darker Bioweapons Future scientists offer their assessment of possible future threats of engineered pathogens. Article formerly...

18 years of nuclear activity in Iran

On November 10th, the International Atomic Energy Agency issued a confidential report on Iran’s nuclear activities. The report reveals that for the past 18 years Iran has secretly developed technologies for producing weapon-usable highly enriched uranium and plutonium, in violation of its Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty commitments. A link to the...

IG Report finds Firefighters rich in Grants

Whether a fire or a hazardous disaster, proper protective equipment is imperative for firefighters, a need the Department of Homeland Security has readily addressed. In fact, according to the November 6th Inspector General report, Firefighter Grant Programs offered by the department are duplicating over 100 items, and while good for...

White House to restrict access to documents

The White House reserved the right to edit documents requested by the 9/11 Commission investigating the September 11th terror attacks. Citing the classified nature of intelligence summaries, the White House will be allowed to offer selective parts of the President’s Daily Brief they feel are germain to the investigation. Families...