Tagged: systems

DOT&E Releases FY 2013 Annual Report

The Office of the Director, Operational Test & Evaluation (DOT&E) released yesterday its FY 2013 annual report. The report provides an overview of the operational effectiveness and suitability of DoD defense systems and acquisition programs over the past year, separated by respective DoD department. Sections of this report include the...

The Future of Unmanned Vehicles: The DOD Roadmap

In an attempt to describe how unmanned systems are vital to the defense of the nation, the Department of Defense (DOD) has released a report on the importance of developing enhanced unmanned systems. This report, called the “Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap“, maps fiscal years 2013-2038 and discusses the unique challenges...

Integrating Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the National Airspace System

On November 7, 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a roadmap intended to facilitate the smooth integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS). This integration would provide an abundance of new opportunities and uses for UAS while reducing safety risks and current operating costs...

Economic Benefits of Increasing Electric Grid Resilience to Weather Outages

In a new report released by the Executive Office of the President,"Economic Benefits of Increasing Electric Grid Resilience to Weather Outages," the importance of modernizing the nation's electric grid is examined. The report, which builds off of President Obama's 2011 strategy, "A Policy Framework for the 21st Century Grid," argues...

Nationwide Emergency Alert System Needs Improvement

GAO (Government Accountability Office) released this week an updated report on FEMA’s efforts to effectively integrate IPAWS (Integrated Public Alert and Warning System) into the nation’s existing Emergency Alert System (EAS). Initiated in 2004, IPAWS is meant to integrate EAS participants (e.g. broadcast radio and television, cable operators, satellite radio...

NOAA Hosts Hurricane Preparedness Week

From May 26 – June 1, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Weather Service will host their annual Hurricane Preparedness Week. The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season is forecast to be more severe than normal, and the Hurricane Preparedness Week website will have valuable information on how...

Annual Report to Congress: Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China

Annual Report to Congress: Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China In a report mandated by the FY2000 National Defense Authorization Act, the Department of Defense’s discusses China’s military and security strategies, technological advancements in its capabilities, military doctrine, and security issues in the Taiwan Strait. “The...

Nuclear Power Plant Safety in the U.S. a “Near-Miss”

The new report “The NRC and Nuclear Power Plant Safety 2012 Report: Tolerating the Intolerable” from the Union of Concerned Scientist is the third annual review of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) implementation of safety policies in the U.S. nuclear power industry. “According to the report, the NRC’s lax oversight...

New Homeland Security Digital Library Featured Topic: Unmanned Systems (UxS)

The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) is proud to announce the creation of a new Featured Topic site. Entitled,“Unmanned Systems (UxS)”, this will encompass not only Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), but terrestrial, waterborne, and submersible robotic vehicles as well. This new collection includes the following sections: “Articles”; “Congressional Research Service...

Anti-Ship Missiles and Smuggling via Box Carriers

Shipping containers have historically been employed by smugglers to circumvent law enforcement. A Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) report based on 20 years of data cites that these box carriers or container ships are also unwittingly transporting contraband such as arms, military equipment and sensitive dual-use items to circumvent...