Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

After Action Report of the Washington Navy Yard September 16, 2013 Shooting – An Internal Review of the Metropolitan Police Department

On September 16, 2013, an independent contractor named Aaron Alexis went on a sixty-nine minute shooting spree within Building 197 at the Washington Navy Yard. To carry out the shooting, Alexis used a legally purchased shotgun and the handgun of a security guard he killed. Throughout the course of the...

2014 National Drug Control Policy: Steps in the Right Direction

On July 9th, The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy released The 2014 National Drug Control Strategy. Released annually, The 2014 National Drug Control Strategy builds on the previous four Strategies, and serves as the Nation’s blueprint for reducing drug use and its consequences. While it is similar...

President Obama’s Supplemental Funding Request for Immigration and Wildfires Incites Congressional Action

Immigration issues are reaching a boiling point in the Texas desert. Sparked by recent events, President Obama submitted a letter to Congress on July 8th titled, “Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Request to Address the Increase in Child and Adult Migration from Central America in the Rio Grande Valley Areas of the...

Department of Justice Announces New Priorities to Address Surge of Migrants Crossing into the U.S.

Along the southern border of the United States, migrants make the dangerous journey from Central America and Mexico to our homeland on a daily, consistent basis. Throughout the process of this journey, individuals, children, and entire families are faced with varying degrees of violence, criminal activity, abusive treatment, and extortive...

NEMA Biennial Report 2014

Yesterday, the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) published their 2014 Biennial Report. Since 1996, NEMA has published the Biennial Report that contains information on various aspects of state emergency management and Homeland Security. This edition incorporates detailed information on Emergency Management and Homeland Security organizational structures and staffing, governor’s authority...

Review Board Defends Information Collection under FISA Section 702

The U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB or ‘the Board’) released yesterday a report on the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance and collection activities conducted under Section 702 of FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978). In 2013, following the disclosure of classified information by NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the Board was...

Director of National Intelligence Provides Guidance for Civilian Consumption of Declassified Documents

Codes have been used throughout history whenever people wanted to keep messages private. In the intelligence community, cryptography and code words are standard operating procedure, but when documents are declassified and released for the public as a means for information sharing and good faith, it may seem to civilians that...

Department of Defense Strategy for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction

In today’s world, terrorists and other persons of interest actively seek out weapons of mass destruction (WMD) for the purpose of causing harm to the homeland and other global assets. These actors threaten the U.S. through the development, attainment, reproduction, and launch of WMD. Not only do WMD attacks endanger the lives...

CHDS Announces Richard Taylor as 2014 Essay Contest Winner

For the past seven years, the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) has hosted an annual essay competition aimed at stimulating “original thought” on issues in Homeland Security and Homeland Defense. Each year the contest receives close to a hundred submissions from across...

Taking a Hard Look from Above: Task Force Issues New Recommendations for U.S. Drone Policy

For a one-year period, a task force of three expert working groups (the “Task Force”) met under the roof of the Stimson Center to focus on different aspects of current Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) policy. The Task Force, composed of 10 senior-level military, intelligence, legal, and academic scholars, focused on...