Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Report highlights terrorist conviction rate

A new report out of Syracuse University shows that more the 6,400 people have been prosecuted for terrorist activity but few have been convicted. Of those convicted only five has been sentenced to twenty years or morer in prison. To read the summary go to Article formerly posted at...

Workshop on Public Safety Communications

At the request of Congress, the Congressional Research Service hosted a workshop on the interoperability of communications for first responders. Respresentitives from government and the private sector heard about the latest in technologies and how it supports new standards. To read more, go to Article formerly posted at

Free and Secure Trade on Southwest Border

On December 4th, Secretary Tom Ridge announced the inauguration of a key U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program to counter terrorism and to facilitate trade between the U.S./Mexico border. The program, Free and Secure Trade (FAST), provides expedited CBP processing for companies that adopt CBP-approved security measures. The press...

Nanotechnology bill signed into law

On 12/3/2003 President Bush signed into law the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act, which authorizes funding for nanotechnology research and development (R&D) over four years, starting in FY 2005. The bill authorizes 2005-2008 appropriations totaling $3.7 billion to the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, NASA, NIST...

New Anthrax Vaccine on its way

A new dual action anthrax vaccine that simultaneously targets anthrax infection and intoxification is currently being developed both protecting and treating people exposed to anthrax. This and several topics were highlighted at the bioterrorism preparedness conference at the RAND Center for Domestic and International Health Security. To read more on...

Nuclear weapons and rogue states

On December 2nd, Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, John Bolton, made remarks on “Nuclear Weapons and Rogue States: Challenge and Response.” He specifically comments on the risks of nuclear weapons in Iran and North Korea, and the steps being taken to deal with those threats. In closing,...

Dept. of State launches student web site

The U.S. Department of State launched a new web site this month for elementary, middle and high school students designed to encourage interest in international issues and events, as well as careers in civil or foreign services. View the announcement at or visit the actual web site at

SARS Study highlights public health needs

In a newly released report on the public health community’s response to SARS, several recommendations valuable in responding to bioterrorism are stressed. To read a sysnopsis go to Article formerly posted at

Military looks to Global Communications

Citing a need for more real time information in warfighting, the U.S. Military is working towards developing a global communications system. Future communications systems would include a unified radio system and utilization of Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s). Read more at Article formerly posted at

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...