Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

U.S. Strategies for Combating Terrorist Travel and Enhancing Aviation Security

The White House recently released two national security strategy documents that detail the current Administration’s plans to boost countermeasures for preventing terrorist travel as well as overall aviation security. The reports—titled the “National Strategy to Combat Terrorist Travel” and the “National Strategy for Aviation Security”—chart new approaches for generating a multi-layered...

The Path Forward for U.S. Terrorism Prevention Policies

U.S. government-led terrorism prevention approaches, formerly known as countering violent extremism (CVE), remain dramatically ineffective due to sustained political opposition and limited funding, a new report from RAND confirms. Titled “Practical Terrorism Prevention: Reexaming U.S. National Approaches to Addressing the Threat of Ideologically Motivated Violence,” the study argues that the...

Assessing Public Health Preparedness of States

Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) recently published its annual report for 2019, titled “Ready or Not: Protecting the Public’s Health From Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism,” which assesses states’ readiness to protect its residents based on ten criteria. Using data for 2017, the report concludes that, while overall emergency preparedness for...

In Focus: Human Trafficking

New In Focus now available on Human Trafficking, with resources that address this crime which affects millions of men, women, and children every year in countries around the world, including the United States. According the International Labour Organization,  “At any given time in 2016, an estimated 40.3 million people are in modern slavery, including 24.9 million...

Center for Homeland Defense and Security Releases Annotated Multi-Media Version of Worldwide Threat Assessment

The Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) created the Annotated Worldwide Threat Assessment 2019—an interactive multi-media tool highlighting key features of the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community presented last month by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to the U.S. Senate Select Committee...

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Cultures of Preparedness in Communities: A Role for Higher Education

The Federal Emergency Management Agency held a workshop at its Higher Education Program National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland, May 22-23, 2018. The purpose of this workshop was to bring together emergency managers and social scientists to explore the cultural context of emergency preparedness. A lack of cultural understanding...

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Combating Terrorist Financing

The U.S. Department of the Treasury released its National Strategy for Combating Terrorist and Other Illicit Financing (Illicit Finance Strategy) describing current government strategies to combat illicit financing of terrorist organizations both domestically and internationally. Transnational criminal organizations, terrorists, and weapons proliferation are the primary drivers of illicit financing activities,...