Department of Homeland Security (DHS)


Agencies prepare for Irma



Agencies prepare for Irma
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Guard, and other U.S. government and non-government agencies are preparing for Hurricane Irma. Irma, a category 5 hurricane, tore through the Carribean earlier today and is headed for Florida. Governors in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Florida have declared a … Read More

Agencies respond to Hurricane Harvey



Agencies respond to Hurricane Harvey
Multiple federal agencies are responding to the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall as a category 4 hurricane on Friday night and was downgraded to a tropical storm on Sunday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages individuals in affected areas to follow the instructions of state, local,… Read More

DHS, Texas Guard prepare for Hurricane Harvey



DHS, Texas Guard prepare for Hurricane Harvey
The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Texas Division of Emergency Management, and the Texas Army National Guard, Air National Guard, and the Texas State Guard with the Texas Military Department are preparing for Hurricane Harvey. The Governor of Texas has already issued a State… Read More

Featured Article: Critical Infrastructure Protection



Featured Article: Critical Infrastructure Protection
Featured article: Critical Infrastructure Protection by Patricia Ladnier Both the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Defense (DoD) work to secure and defend the U.S., including protecting and securing key resources and critical infrastructure (referred to collectively as critical infrastructure). The Constitution and federal statutory law establish… Read More

Hackers target nuclear facilities



Hackers target nuclear facilities
Earlier this month the New York Times published a piece detailing how hackers have been targeting the computer networks of nuclear power stations, energy facilities, and manufacturing plants. The revelation came from a joint report from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and… Read More

State, DHS event focuses on Central American security



State, DHS event focuses on Central American security
Leaders from several Central American countries, Canada, and the European Union gathered in Miami, Florida for the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America from June 15 to June 16. The conference focused on the Northern Triangle (El Salvador, Guatamala, and Honduras), and was co-hosted by Vice President Mike… Read More

Safe DRONE Act introduced



Safe DRONE Act introduced
On June 22, four U.S. Senators introduced a bipartisan bill designed to advance the development of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The Safe DRONE Act of 2017 is backed by Senators Mark R. Warner (D-VA), John Hoeven (R-ND), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), and Dean Heller (R-NV). A press release states that… Read More

ICE, CBP update Senate on gang threat to U.S. security



ICE, CBP update Senate on gang threat to U.S. security
On June 21, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary met for a hearing titled  “The MS-13 Problem: Investigating Gang Membership As Well As Its Nexus to Illegal Immigration, and Assessing Federal Efforts to to End the Threat.” During the hearing several individuals representing U.S. government agencies, including those representing the… Read More

DHS could strengthen anti-smuggling efforts



DHS could strengthen anti-smuggling efforts
A recent U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report examines the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) efforts to address subterranean, aerial, and maritime smuggling of drugs and humans. GAO-17-474 focuses on the known prevalence of these smuggling methods, efforts to address smuggling, and efforts to assess the results of activities to… Read More

Report examines security of Central America’s Northern Triangle



Report examines security of Central America’s Northern Triangle
In May the Atlantic Council published a report that focuses on Central America’s Northern Triangle – El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras – and how trafficking, violence, and economic troubles in the area effect U.S. national security, primarily along the U.S. southern border. According to the report, U.S. assistance to the… Read More