Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

US Intelligence Community Releases its Worldwide Threat Assessment

Today Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James R. Clapper delivered the United States Intelligence Community’s 2015 assessment of threats to US national security. Director Clapper speaks on Global Threats like Cyber, Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction and Proliferation, Space and Counterspace, Transnational Organized Crime, Economics and Natural Resources and Human Security, as...

Strengthening Domestic Counterterrorism:Private Sector Solutions for Public Safety

Business Executives for National Security (BENS), a nonpartisan organization that applies best business practice solutions to national security issues, recently released a report detailing its recommendations for domestic counterterrorism efforts.  The national security landscape has changed drastically in the fourteen years since 9/11, and the attacks at Fort Hood and...

Examining Weakness in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to Project Future Development and Influence the U.S.-China Relationship

The nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, RAND Corporation has released a report seeking increase understanding regarding the state of China’s armed forces through extensive primary source analysis and independent analysis. This report, China’s Incomplete Military Transformation: Assessing the Weaknesses of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), attempts to answer several important questions such...

The Blueprint: A New National Security Strategy

During the State of the Union (SOTU) address last month, President Barack Obama highlighted numerous American accomplishments in 2014 such as decreasing the number of troops deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan, and the fall of unemployment to its lowest rate in 6 years. The President also mentioned his future ambitions...

White House’s Caribbean Counternarcotics Strategy

The flow of narcotics into the U.S. from the south has always been one of the most debated issues among U.S. policymakers, especially after President Nixon’s declaration of the “War on Drugs” in 1971. Despite the devotion of substantial resources to quell illegal smuggling, drug trafficking activity to the U.S....

NASEMSO Releases Strategy Document for Improving EMS Preparedness

The National Association of State Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Officials (NASEMSO) released on January 29, 2015, its soon-to-be sentinel work, the Emergency Medical Services Domestic Preparedness Improvement Strategy. This strategy document was created through the hard work of a strategy group consisting of representatives of 13 stakeholder organizations representing EMS at the...

Fukushima Water Contamination – Impacts on the U.S. West Coast

In March of 2011, a magnitude 9.0 undersea earthquake struck off of the coast of Japan, killing 15,889 people. This massive earthquake became known as the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and the Great East Japan Earthquake. The destruction of the Great East Japan Earthquake did not cease after the tsunami...

Super Bowl XLIX: Secretary Johnson Re-launches “If You See Something, Say Something” Campaign

As the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks prepare to battle each other in this Sunday’s upcoming Super Bowl XLIX, the Department of Homeland Security is taking the lead to ensure the University of Phoenix Stadium along with the approximately 100,000 fans attending the game are protected from any...