Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

179 million in grants for port security

The Department of Homeland Security will offer 179 million dollars in grants to secure the nation’s ports for measures such as new patrol boats, surveillance equipment and construction of new command and control facilities. To view the press release go to Article formerly posted at

Americans not ready for another attack

According to a recent survey, only one in four Americans know what to do to survive a terrorist attack. Read more at Article formerly posted at

Ensured security for media facilities

On December 9th, industry leaders from broadcast, cable, and satellite industries adopted 49 best practices recommendations to ensure the continued operation and security of media facilities in times of a national emergency. The FCC’s Media Security and Reliability Council (MSRC) also adopted these recommendations. View the recommendations at Article...

Diplomatic Readiness Initiative makes difference

U.S. Missions worldwide have already benefited from the two-year-old Diplomatic Readiness Initiative, a program to hire qualified people for critical positions abroad, including Foreign Service specialists, generalists, and Civil Service employees with needed language and technical skills. Many of these individuals are serving in locations like Baghdad, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkey,...

Dept. of Homeland Security Listo Campaign

On December 8th, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security launched the Listo Campaign, a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate Spanish-speaking Americans and residents to prepare for and respond to potential terrorist attacks. View the press release at or visit the actual web site at

Terrorist screening center debuts

In an effort to better screen suspected terrorists, the intelligence community has enacted the Terrorist Screening Center. The center, which will be administered by the FBI will consolidate terrorist watchlists and will support Federal screeners throughout the world. To read more click on Article formerly posted at

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...