The Curious Case of Nidal Hasan: The Lone Wolf Shooter

The Curious Case of Nidal Hasan: The Lone Wolf Shooter

On November 5th, 2009, Nidal Hassan became infamous for his attacks at Ft. Hood, Texas. After declaring his allegiance to the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant (ISIS), Hassan began shooting into a densely packed building on the Ft. Hood military base. Hassan aimed with the intention of killing as many U.S. soldiers as [...]

Report Card: DHS Publishes National Fusion Center Assessment

Report Card: DHS Publishes National Fusion Center Assessment

From the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the 2017 National Network of Fusion Centers: Final Report is the culmination of self-reported data from the 2017 assessment from federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial (F/SLTT) entities, as well as homeland security and public safety organizations. Overall, fusion centers continue to make progress. As noted in the [...]

Weapons of Choice? The Expanding, Development, Transfer and Use of Armed UAVs

Weapons of Choice? The Expanding, Development, Transfer and Use of Armed UAVs

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or UAVs, have significantly proliferated in the last ten years across a host of domains – military, commercial, and consumer. As technological advances continue, the rise in use of armed UAVs and their deployment in a variety of contexts has become increasingly common and increasingly concerning to the international community. A new [...]

TSA Biometrics Roadmap for Aviation Security & the Passenger Experience

TSA Biometrics Roadmap for Aviation Security & the Passenger Experience

According to the Federal Aviation Administration [FAA], 2,587,000 passengers fly in and out of airports in the United States every single day. This is a staggering number of people for the Transportation Security Administration [TSA] to manage every day. Over the years, the TSA has used a variety of screening techniques for passengers, to enhance [...]

Technologies to Address Global Catastrophic Biological Risks

Technologies to Address Global Catastrophic Biological Risks

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security has released a new report that builds on previous research off of global catastrophic biological risks, or GCBRs. The report, titled Technologies to Address Global Catastrophic Biological Risks, centers on modern technology that can be used to respond to GCBRs. The report points out that: “While systems to [...]

Strategy for Protecting and Preparing the Homeland Against Threats from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) and Geomagnetic Disturbance (GMD)

Strategy for Protecting and Preparing the Homeland Against Threats from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) and Geomagnetic Disturbance (GMD)

On October 9, 2018, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] released a new strategy designed to address the threats posed by electromagnetic incidents. DHS assesses that such an incident could be “potentially catastrophic” and as such, has released this strategy to protect the critical infrastructure in the United States. The two types of electromagnetic [...]

Not Finished Yet: A Report on ISIS-Related Incidents

Not Finished Yet: A Report on ISIS-Related Incidents

ISIS’ heyday may seem long gone. There are no sensational headlines nor prolific attacks and they continue to lose territory in Syria. As comforting as this thought is, it may be too soon to tell. While successful counter-insurgency operations hinder ISIS’ ability to organize, recent evidence suggests the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is still [...]

Twitter and Information Warfare

Twitter and Information Warfare

During the 2016 election season, the United States saw a misinformation campaign larger then we’ve ever seen before. With tens of thousands of “fake news” posts proliferating across social media platforms, confusion and suspicion spread rapidly and dangerously. While there is still much to learn, the Knight Foundation recently released a report titled Disinformation ‘Fake [...]

Crossing the (AI) Border: The Use of Bots in Canada’s Immigration System

Crossing the (AI) Border: The Use of Bots in Canada’s Immigration System

What’s the human risk of using non-human decision making for a nationwide immigration and refugee system? That’s the question that the International Human Rights Program (IHRP) is asking. The IHRP and the Citizen Lab, both entities at the University of Toronto, recently collaborated to publish “Bots at the Gate: A Human Rights Analysis of Automated [...]