Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Whole Community, Any Hazard: The Updated National Planning Frameworks

FEMA’s newly updated National Planning Frameworks were released late last week, including updates to comply with PPD-21, Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience, and EO 13636, Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, among others. The five frameworks, Prevention; Protection; Mitigation; Response; and Recovery, were last updated in May of 2013 and aim to foster a...

Lone Wolf Terrorism – a Brief Bibliography

Our thoughts go out to all involved or impacted by this morning’s shootings in Orlando. For information on lone wolf terrorists, please find this bibliography – compiled and recently updated by Greta Marlatt, from the Naval Postgraduate School Dudley Knox Library and the Homeland Security Digital Library. Lone Wolf Terrorism...

Midyear “Snapshot” of Terror

With primaries coming to an end and the general election in sight, the continued threat of terrorism will be fiercely debated in the weeks and months to come. Candidates will, hopefully, submit policy recommendations based on current trends and data. Luckily for the electorate, the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL)...

Cascadia Rising Exercise 2016: FEMA Prepares for the Next “Big One”

The Emergency Operations and Coordination Center (EOC/ECC) under FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) along with all levels of government and private sector in Washington and Oregon will conduct a four day emergency management exercise called Cascadia Rising to simulate a field response to a Cascadia Subduction Zone catastrophic earthquake and tsunami....

Country Reports on Terrorism 2015: Fewer Attacks, Fewer Deaths

The State Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism released “Country Reports on Terrorism 2015” earlier this month.  According to the report, total terrorist attacks and overall deaths due to terrorist attacks decreased for the first time since 2012.  Organized by geographic region and specific terrorist group, the Report...

It’s Here! The 2016 National Preparedness Report

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), have released the 2016 National Preparedness Report. The report “evaluates and measures gains individuals and communities, private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, and all levels of governments have made in preparedness and identifies where challenges remain.” Specifically,...

Countering the Biases of Big Data: The Challenges and Opportunities of Technological Innovation

In 2012, the Obama Administration launched the “Big Data Research and Development Initiative”, with the goal of transforming the nation’s “ability to use Big Data for scientific discovery, environmental and biomedical research, education, and national security.” Harnessing the power of big data, though useful, does come with its challenges.  Specifically...