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Book Review: Out of the Whirlwind; Supply and Demand After Hurricane Maria by Philip J. Palin

By Kristopher Thornburg Suggested Citation Thornburg, Kristopher. Review of Out of the Whirlwind: Supply and Demand After Hurricane Maria, by Philip Palin. Homeland Security Affairs 15, Article 7. www.hsaj.org/articles/15492 The 2017 hurricane season left wide swaths of destruction across parts of the southern United States. Puerto Rico was hit the hardest, beginning with a glancing

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Climate Security: A Pre-Mortem Approach to a Sustainable Global Future

By John Comiskey and Michael Larrañaga Abstract Climate change is a viable threat to U.S. homeland security and is likely the most significant risk facing humanity. A consensus of the scientific community concludes that climate change is occurring, is relatively irreversible, and that aggressive mitigation of climate-change drivers is necessary. Climate-change impacts include surface-air temperature

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Book Review: How to Think About Homeland Security: The Imperfect Intersection of National Security and Public Safety by David H. McIntyre

by Caleb S. Cage Suggested Citation Cage, Caleb. (2019) Review of How to Think about Homeland Security: The Imperfect Intersection of National Security and Public Safety by David H. McIntyre. Homeland Security Affairs 15, Article 9. https://www.hsaj.org/articles/15587. Since its relatively recent establishment, homeland security as an organizing concept for government services has received its share

Applying Theories from Cognitive Psychology to Reduce Firearms and Prohibited Items Discoveries at Security Screening Checkpoints

Suk YI EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Homeland security practitioners and their partners have invested a considerable amount of time and resources in improving aviation passenger security screening. An area that has drawn growing attention is the increasing firearm discoveries at the nation’s security screening checkpoints (hereafter “security checkpoints”). Professionals’ attempts to better secure the security checkpoints have

From Golden Handcuffs to Pig Iron: Projecting Pension Reform’s Impact on the Homeland Security Enterprise

Jeffrey Waldman EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The public sector is in a financial bind. Aggregate pension liabilities exceed assets at all levels of government, and the magnitude of the disparity is staggering. Reforms from the early 1980s put the federal civil servant pension system on a path to financial sustainability, yet despite the early and proactive nature

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Effort to Identify Terrorism Threats: Is Social Media Intelligence (SOCMINT) the Next Tool?

Erik Thompson EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Terrorists use the internet to disseminate propaganda, solicit new members, communicate, gather intelligence, seek money, and inspire and plan attacks. In 2015, the San Bernardino, California, terrorist attack brought the use of social media intelligence (SOCMINT) by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to

Lived and Remembered Experiences: Policing to Improve Relations with Communities of Color

Christine Elow EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This thesis critically analyzes the history of intense policing of Blacks in the United States and the lived experience of such policing. The aim of this analysis is to speak to police audiences and provide police with an additional tool in their toolbox to defuse tense and traumatic incidents. As a

Two Teams, One Mission: A Study Using EMS Units in Hospital Triage during Active-Shooter and Other Mass-Casualty Events

Thomas Simons EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Hospital planners generally assume that the majority of patients from a mass-casualty event will have received some sort of field triage, that transport from the scene to the hospital will have been coordinated through on-scene incident command, and that hospitals will have received some sort of notification of incoming patients. Recent

Plan Bee: Understanding Threats to the Honey Bee Population and Examining Strategies to Promote and Protect Pollinators

Mildred Pfrogner EXECUTIVE SUMMARY In the United States, bees and other insects make important contributions through their pollination of wild vegetation, local plant life, and commercial crops. Approximately one-third of food crops, to include apples, strawberries, tomatoes, and almonds, depend on pollination, as do alfalfa and clover, which provide feed for beef and dairy production.