Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Boston Strong: Analyzing the Response to the Marathon Bombings Two Years Later

On April 15, 2013, brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev set off two explosives near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The explosions resulted in three fatalities and over 250 injured. Three days later, the FBI identified the Tsarnaevs as suspects and released their photos to the press. When the...

A Friend in Need: Challenges for Cross-border Emergency Response

Photo: “An intersection which separates the State of Vermont and the Province of Quebec. The international boundary transects buildings on Church Street in Derby Line, Vermont, and Rue Church in Stanstead, Quebec, highlighting the close relationship between local first responders who frequently cross the border to render aid.” The Canadian Interoperability...

CRS “R” Us

Did you know the HSDL has a vast collection of CRS Reports and Issue Briefs? These reports, from the Congressional Research Service, are available to the public on our site, no login required. Below is a selection of recently added and highly relevant reports for homeland security readers: Balancing Tourism...

A Step in the Right Direction: The Framework to Prevent an Iranian Nuclear Weapon

The international community has taken harsh measures to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, including imposing severe economic sanctions, and more intrusive actions, such as Stuxnet. Throughout his time in office, President Obama has maintained his commitment to resolving this issue diplomatically. When Hassan Rouhani became president of Iran in...

The Future, Now. DARPA on the Front Lines of US Technological Superiority

Spurred by the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik in 1957, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has endeavored since its creation to develop breakthrough technologies for the United States to ensure we are “the initiator and not the victim of strategic technological surprises.” With many of its technologies standing at the forefront of...

Much Ado about Nothing: New Report Shows Terrorist Plots in the US Involving Muslim-Americans at Lowest Point Since 2008

The Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security (TCTHS) is a collaboration of efforts from Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and RTI International. Their mission is to “enhance the understanding of terrorism and the means to combat it through education, research and the development of...

Demographics of International Students in the U.S.

The diversity and quality of American educational institutions set the international standard. Among others, these two characteristics currently galvanize over 1.1 million foreign students to pursue studies at American colleges, private elementary/high schools, vocational schools, and other academic institutions. These students must possess student visas, which are monitored by the...

Learning From the Past: FBI Releases Final Report of the 9/11 Review Commission

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released today the final report and recommendations of the 9/11 Review Commission. The comprehensive document is a historical overview and projection for the future – as noted in the title, “The FBI: Protecting the Homeland in the 21st Century.” This was a congressionally mandated review...

2015 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report

 The 2015 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, was submitted to Congress.  Volume 1, Drugs and Chemical Control, describes steps taken by over 80  governments (from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014) to protect their citizens  from the harmful effects of drugs. The report covers different aspects of the fight, such  as...

The World of Tomorrow and the Rise of Individual Criminal Entrepreneurs

The European Police Office (Europol) presented their view on the future of serious and organized crime in the European Union this month with the report “Exploring Tomorrow’s Organised Crime”. The release of this report comes at an opportune time for EU policymakers. The first full multi-annual policy cycle on serious...