Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

US Conf of Mayors releases new report on HS Funds

The US Conference of Mayors has released its second report highlighting problems in the dispersement of Homeland Security funds. The report sites that 76 percent of cities still have not received monies to fund programs for first responders. To read the report, go to Tracking Federal Homeland Security FUnds sent...

Proliferation Challenges after Iraq

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Reves Center for International Studies of The College of William and Mary co-sponsored a recent report that was based on an Eisenhower National Security Series workshop. The report, “Proliferation Challenges after Iraq,” addresses questions about individual countries pursuing weapons of mass...

Newly established Homeland Security Center

The newly established Homeland Security Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events is headquartered at the University of Southern California and is funded for three years by a $12 million grant from the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security. Faculty will focus on issues of risk analysis; emergency response...

PA Crime comm. unveils online prevention program

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency has unveiled a new online program on terrorism awareness tips. The program outlines terrorist’s behavior and activities and how to report these activities to the authorities. To read more, go to http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/local/7756987.htm Article formerly posted at https://www.hsdl.org/blog/newpost/view/s_248

New advisory service for national emergencies

On January 21st, the Dept. of Homeland Security and Los Angeles-based Operation HOPE, Inc., signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for initiating a new financial advisory service to help individuals through the process of regaining control of their financial lives after disasters. To read more, see http://www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/interapp/press_release/press_release_0336.xml Article formerly posted...

eSeals shown effective in Cargo Security

eSeals, lower Frequency Electronic Cargo Security Seals, have shown to be effective for identifying security breaches and location of cargo in the supply chain environment according to a six month study. Tests revealed that lower frequency emitted a significantly stronger signal than higher frequency emitters and was more flexible in...

Report questions joint CIA and Special Forces

“Where does it stop?” This is one of many questions raised with the increased collaboration of Special Operations and CIA operators in covert operations. According to a report examining the relationship of the two organizations and the missions they undertake, author Col. Stone raises several issues from compatability of operating...

SDSU to offer masters in Homeland Security

San Diego State University will now join the list of California institutions to offer a graduate degree in Homeland Security. The program will focus on several aspects of security such as crimainl justice, the internet, public health and science. To read more about the program go to http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/nation/terror/20040120-9999-7m21study.html Article formerly...

Homeland Security coming to Community Colleges

Recognizing the need for greater first responder training and other security education, the American Association of Community Colleges has appointed a 21 member task force to address how they can offer programs to support the people and programs of Homeland Security. Read more at http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/040116/dcf013_1.html Article formerly posted at https://www.hsdl.org/blog/newpost/view/s_241

Iraqi Interim Constitution concerns

The Iraqi Interim Constitution is due to be finalized on February 28th. Sen. Rick Santorum, chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, is afraid it won’t have meaningful guarantees on religious freedom and women’s rights. He sent Ambassador L. Paul Bremer the following letter stating why these guarantees are essential to...