Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

DHS Addresses “Evolving Landscape” of Homeland Security Threats in 2014 QHSR

Four years ago, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the first Quadrennial Homeland Security Review which laid out “the vision, five mission areas, and goals and objectives for homeland security.” This week, DHS released its second quadrennial review which sets DHS’ homeland security goals for the next four years....

Minor Offenses: The Growing Issue of “Unaccompanied Alien Children” at U.S. Borders

An issue that is now at the forefront of U.S. immigration policy is the influx and apprehension of “unaccompanied alien children” (UAC) at the U.S./Mexico border. The arrival of UAC, or undocumented migrant children unaccompanied by a parent or guardian, poses a unique challenge to the work of U.S. border...

New CSIS Report Forecasts Dissolution of Iraq Security Forces, Signals Necessary Reforms

On Friday June 12th, the Arleigh Burke Chair in Strategy from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) released a report, Shaping Iraq’s Security Forces which sheds light on the current state of Iraqi Security Forces and the observable decline since 2011. In light of recent events involving militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and...

CIA’s First Public National Security Conference

On Wednesday, June 11, 2014, the CIA hosted their first public National Security Conference titled, “The Ethos and the Profession of Intelligence” at Georgetown University.  The conference, co-sponsored with Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program, served as a platform to discuss a variety of topics important to national security. The current...

As Hurricane Season Approaches, the EIA Goes Mobile

In a press release issued this Tuesday, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) announced that its online tools will be accessible on mobile devices just in time for the 2014 hurricane season. The EIA has made available its U.S. Energy Mapping System and Energy Disruptions tools that will allow the...

The Global Cost of Cybercrime: On the Rise

Together, McAfee and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) published the report, “Net Loss: Estimating the Global Cost of Cybercrime.” This is a global estimate of cybercrime that follows from previous research conducted by CSIS on the cybercrime in the United States. This study focuses on the costs...

U.S. Chemical Safety Board Releases Final Investigative Report on 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill that took place on April 20, 2010 in the Macondo Prospect oil field has been described as “one of the largest environmental disasters in U.S. history.” The explosion and subsequent spill took the lives of 11 workers, seriously injured 17, and leaked a reported 5...

2014 FIFA World Cup and Public Health Implications

This summer, Brazil is expected to attract an estimated 600,000 international tourists and three million domestic travelers during the World Cup from June 12, 2014 to July 13, 2014.  Because the World Cup is one of the largest international gatherings, it poses a higher risk for infectious disease outbreaks, a...

Measuring the Resilience of Cities: The Role of Big Data

On October 25, 2013, the Science and Technology Facilities Council of Great Britain (STFC) and the Royal United Services Institute for Defense Studies (RUSI) hosted a conference titled, “Measuring the Resilience of Cities: The Role of Big Data.” This conference brought together officials from both the UK and the U.S....

DHS Report Describes “Key Threats and Hazards” to U.S. Critical Infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently released a report on the status of U.S. critical infrastructure titled, “Sector Risk Snapshots.” This compendium “provides a brief overview and risk profile of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors, the Education, Electric, and Oil and Natural Gas Subsectors, and the seven Transportation...