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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Efforts by DHS to Estimate Southwest Border Security between Ports of Entry

Categories: Drug Trafficking,Homeland Security,Immigration/Migration,Mexico,Statistics

https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/17_0914_estimates-of-border-security.pdf

Describes an array of indicators being tested by federal authorities to develop better estimates of the number of illegal border crossers.  For each indicator, the report summarizes available data sources and techniques, explains the measures strengths and limitations, and presents available data.  From the Office of Immigration Statistics of the Department of Homeland Security

 

Elevation of U.S. Cyber Command to a Unified Combatant Command

Categories: Defense/Military,Headlines,Homeland Security,Telecommunications/Internet

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/08/18/presidential-memorandum-secretary-defense

Presidential directive that elevates the Pentagon’s offensive cyber-force to a 10th unified command level, on a par with other main combat commands.  It had been subordinate to Strategic Command, the unit responsible for U.S. missile defenses.  From the White House

 

Task Force on Cyber Deterrence

Categories: Homeland Security,Privacy,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

http://r.search.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0LEVv009JZZgRUAyg8nnIlQ;_ylu=X3oDMTEya2JoNHBtBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDQjQ0MzBfMQRzZWMDc3I-/RV=2/RE=1503093941/RO=10/RU=http%3a%2f%2fwww.acq.osd.mil%2fdsb%2freports%2f2010s%2fDSB-CyberDeterrenceReport_02-28-17_Final.pdf/RK=1/RS=bzAPNMmZIJQkzlaS9NP3enOPyhs-

Offers a series of recommendations for strengthening U.S. ability to deter cyber attacks and intrusions. Finds that the offensive cyber capabilities of some U.S. adversaries exceed our ability to defend critical infrastructures.  From the Defense Science Board

 

Security and Privacy Controls for Information Systems and Organizations

Categories: Homeland Security,Privacy,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/drafts/800-53/sp800-53r5-draft.pdf

Offers a comprehensive set of security and privacy controls for all types of computing platforms including Internet of Things (IoT) devices to protect individuals and organizations from various external threats.    From the National Institute of Standards and Technology of the Department of Commerce

 

Interim Report: President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Health/Medical,Homeland Security,Mental Health,Privacy

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/ondcp/commission-interim-report.pdf

Describes the extent of opioid use in the U.S. and the harm caused, and offers a set of recommendations for action prior to the issuance of the final report.  From the President’s Commission

 

Emerging Infectious Diseases: Actions Needed to Address the Challenges of Responding to Zika Virus Disease Outbreaks

Categories: Health/Medical,Homeland Security

http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/684835.pdf

Covers current state of knowledge about the Zika virus, challenges in  conducting surveillance and epidemiological studies, the performance of manufacturers and agency personnel in responding to the outbreak in 2016, and the strengths/limitations of available mosquito control methods.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

Technology Assessment: Internet of Things: Status and Implications of an Increasingly Connected World

Categories: Homeland Security,Privacy,Science/Technology

http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/684590.pdf

Provides an introduction to the IoT, describes what is known about current and emerging IoT technologies, and the implications of their use, especially dangers involving information security, safety, and privacy.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

A Steely Look at Steel: Commerce Directed to Prioritize Investigation of the Effects of Steel Imports on National Security

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Homeland Security,Manufacturing,Treaties

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/steel.pdf

Takes a skeptical look at the president’s demand for an investigation into the national security implications of steel imports.  Examines how such investigations proceed, what factors will be examined, and why steel is often the target of such inquiries. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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