Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

ALERT: NORAD Indicates Expected Airspace Violations by Entities from the North

NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, has indicated that it expects a violation of US sovereignty by repeat offenders. Late this month, during what is expected to be a silent night, an aircraft using a yet unidentified propulsion engine is expected to traverse the skies over the US and other...

Disaster Response, FEMA, and the DoD: A Relationship in Progress

RAND has published a new report, titled Improving DoD Support to FEMA’s All-Hazards Plans, which discusses the relationship between the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with regards to disaster response in the United States.  Currently, the DoD does not play a front-line role in disaster response,...

Answering San Bernardino:Defining Terrorism and Home Grown Extremism

As details of the mass shooting in San Bernardino continue to emerge, America is once again confronted with difficult questions. In the immediate aftermath, many wondered: was this a terrorist attack or a personal grievance? What differentiates the events of San Bernardino from last week’s attack on Planned Parenthood in...

DHS Cyber Incident Data and Analysis Working Group

Cybersecurity continues to emerge as a crucial endeavor for both the public and private sectors alike. In an attempt to address cyber threats, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) organized four separate Cybersecurity Insurance Working Sessions between 2012-2014, where cybersecurity professionals “examined the existing cybersecurity insurance marketplace, described obstacles to...

Ebola in the U.S.: An ‘Epidemic’ of Fear and Quarantines

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Yale Global Health Justice Partnership (GHJP) have issued a report detailing the significant failure of the United States to properly handle the Ebola epidemic during the past year. Fear, Politics, and Ebola: How Quarantines Hurt the Fight Against Ebola and Violate the...

National Threat Assessment Center Releases New Reports

The National Threat Assessment Center has released several new reports focusing on threat assessment investigations and supporting case studies. The documents can be accessed via the Homeland Security Digital Library links below:  Attacks on Federal Government, 2001-2013: Threat Assessment Considerations, examines the acts of violence at government facilities and property from 2001-2013, and...

Analyzing ISIS Activity in the U.S.

In light of last month’s attacks in Paris and recent political discourse on Syrian refugee policies, substantial attention has been given to ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) and its influence throughout the west. Despite the geographic displacement compared to European nations, the U.S. is still a major target...

Paris Terrorist Attacks: HSDL Highlights Information Resources

With the recent terrorist attacks in Paris being broadcast globally via news outlets and social media, it is only natural for citizens and policy makers to begin asking questions and seek out information regarding the attacks.  Questions about who the attackers were, why they attacked Paris, and whether the United...

Is Your State Safe? States At Risk published America’s Preparedness Report Card.

There is a change in the weather, and the world needs to be ready. Prepared by Climate Central and ICF International, the States At Risk website published, “America’s Preparedness Report Card” – a letter-graded report regarding each state’s preparedness on five key threats: drought, extreme heat, wildfires, inland flooding, and coastal flooding. The National Summary can be found...

House Committee on Homeland Security: Preliminary Findings on Counterterrorism Challenges of the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Released yesterday, “Syrian Refugee Flows: Security Risks and Counterterrorism Challenges,” is a Majority Staff Report by the House Committee on Homeland Security. This report presents the preliminary findings of the committee’s year-long inquiry into the counterterrorism challenges associated with Syrian refugee flows. With just ten findings and seven recommendations, this...