Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

What think tanks are thinking on terrorism

A recent study by the foreign policy association assesses the contributions of think tanks and their influence or lack of influence on terrorism policy. To read more go to Article formerly posted at

Degrees in global security and intel for pilots

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, one of the leading schools in aviation and space education will begin offering degrees in global security and intelligence studies. To read more go to Article formerly posted at

Natl. Institute of Justice funding opportunities

The National Institute of Justice seeks proposals in the form of white papers for research and development in the areas of forensics, electronic crime studies, DNA studies, less-lethal technologies, firearms, and other subjects. The solicitations can be viewed at Article formerly posted at

Access to CRS Reports on Emergency Preparedness

The Congressional Research Service has prepared several reports on secrecy and security, continuity of government, and homeland security. The Federation of American Scientists has posted several of these reports at the following site: Article formerly posted at

Science and national security post-9/11

The American Association for the Advancement of Science is presenting a new web site focused on science and national security in the post-9/11 environment. According to project director, David G. Cooper, “the site provides a contact page for individuals to report ways in which they or their colleagues have been...

Border Security still needs Visa reform

The Visa Entry Reform Act of 2002, designed to weed out potential terrorists from entry into the country has yet to be implemented for effectiveness according to the newly released report Falling Behind on Security. The report claims that over half of the mandated deadlines were missed with many still...

Executive order gives Emergency Appointments

A new executive order was signed giving the president the authority to make appointments during a National Emergency. To read the order go to Article formerly posted at

TOPOFF2 reveals readiness problems

Problems in communications, serious shortages of medical supplies and confusion were some of the problems according to a classified report on the exercise TOPOFF2 held earlier this year. Details at Article formerly posted at

President approves military tribunals

In a letter to Congress, the President has given the Pentagaon power to create military tribunals to try prisoners at Guantanomo Bay in Cuba much to the consternation of many of U.S. allies. Details at,1,1694902.story?coll=la-news-politics-white_house Article formerly posted at

Justice sued over crime database

Enlisting local police and officials to enforce federal immigration laws has been a point of disagreement with the reorganization of government in support of Homeland Security. Now several immigration advocacy groups are suing the Justice department for unlawfully entering civil immigration violations into the new National Crime Information Center, a...