Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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...

A New U.S. National Counterintelligence Strategy

For the first time since 2009, the National Counterintelligence Strategy of the United States of America has been released at the unclassified level. The Counterintelligence Enhancement Act of 2002 requires that a national counterintelligence strategy be produced at least every three years for approval by the President. The National Counterintelligence and...

Paris and the Threat of the Islamic State: Background and Context

The gruesome acts of violence perpetrated against innocent civilians in Paris last Friday night have fixed the world’s attention on the Islamic State.  With an estimated 129 killed and nearly three times as many injured, the international community has responded with grief, outrage, and shows of solidarity with the people...

2015 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) released the 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary earlier this morning.  The annual assessment details the threats posed by drug use, drug trafficking, and relevant criminal organizations. According to the report, more Americans die from drug overdose than from motor vehicle or firearm-related accidents annually. ...

Modernization of U.S. Federal Cybersecurity Improving, but More Work Is Still Needed

Tony Scott, the Federal Chief Information Officer, recently outlined in a blog post some of the improvements the U.S. government has made with regards to modernizing cybersecurity policies, systems, and infrastructure in an effort to better defend against the ever-increasing cyber attacks that threaten our national security every day. These...

ICIT Chastises OPM’s Lack of Modern Cybersecurity in an Official Analysis

The Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT) describes itself as a “nonprofit (status pending), non-partisan group of the world’s most innovative experts and companies that provide technologies and solutions to support and protect our nation’s critical infrastructures.” ICIT serves as a go-between for the private sector, federal agencies, and the...

Ambushes and Violence Against Police – New Report from the DOJ

This week, the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) released a new report which analyzes two decades worth of data regarding ambushes and violence against police officers. Titled Ambushes of Police: Environment, Incident Dynamics, and the Aftermath of Surprise Attacks against Law Enforcement, the report...