Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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...

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Requires Search Warrant for Cell Phones

What constitutes an individual’s “right to privacy” in the digital realm has become a topic of heated debate across the U.S. Following the reveal of government programs that monitor, record, and store Americans’ digital communications, there has been a widespread demand to strengthen laws that protect rights to privacy, both online and...

FBI’s Operation Cross Country Wrap-up: “These Are America’s Children”

Since 2003, the Innocence Lost National Initiative, or “Operation Cross Country” has resulted in the identification and recovery of over 3600 children from sexual exploitation and trafficking. This is the eighth year of the initiative. In a press release on Monday June 23rd, the Director of the Federal Bureau of...

Federal Court Releases DOJ Memo Justifying Targeted Killing of Anwar al-Aulaqi

This Monday a federal court released a July 2010 Justice Department memo that justified a DoD or CIA drone strike against senior al-Qaeda member Anwar al-Aulaqi. The 41-page memo, penned by then-Assistant Attorney General David Barron, sheds new light on the controversial “targeted-killing-of-American-citizens” debate in the United States. It explores the legal aspects...

Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States

The United States is economically at risk by the climate change happening today. A report done by The Risky Business Project shows that the human-induced climate threats-“rising seas, increased damage from storm surge, more frequent bouts of extreme heat”- are starting to hurt our American economy and will continue to...