Category Archives: Homeland Security

2017 Hurricanes and Wildfires

In 2017, four disasters over the space of four months—Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and the California wildfires—created an extraordinary demand for federal disaster assistance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, which coordinates the federal response to disasters, estimated the disasters … Continue reading

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How Is TSA Ensuring Flights from Cuba Are Secure?

It wasn’t long ago that the only way to fly to Cuba from the United States was via a private plane or a chartered flight. However, in August 2016, the first scheduled commercial flight in over 50 years made the … Continue reading

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Our Annual “Quick Look” at Homeland Security’s Major Acquisitions

To help it carry out its many missions, which include preventing terrorism and managing U.S. borders, the Department of Homeland Security makes major purchases like ships, air passenger screening equipment, and IT. In fact, DHS estimates it will invest more … Continue reading

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Keeping the Lights On: Building Resilience in the U.S. Electricity Grid

A hurricane is about to come ashore, a hacker is up to no good, or there is a wildland fire nearby….will the lights stay on? The nation’s electricity grid is essential to modern life. We expect the grid to be … Continue reading

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The Nation’s Biodefense

Biological agents like anthrax have the potential to kill or injure masses of people or have a catastrophic impact on the economy. These agents could emerge naturally or be intentional acts of war or terrorism. So, how does the federal … Continue reading

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Obstacles Ahead for U.S. Icebreakers

U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker ships hammer their way through sheets of ice to access remote ice-covered oceans. That’s a key capability if you want to get to the ends of the Earth, and that is part of their mission. Bodies … Continue reading

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How Much Does Crime Cost?

Burglary, murder, identity theft—all crimes have costs for victims and society. The Department of Justice reported that federal, state, and local governments spent more than $280 billion in 2012 on criminal justice, including police protection, the court system, and prisons. … Continue reading

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Happy 227th Birthday Coast Guard—A Look at Some Recent Fleet Modernization Efforts

Here’s a water cooler fun-fact: it’s Coast Guard Day! On this day in 1790, the Tariff Act authorized the construction of 10 ships to enforce maritime tariff and trade laws and prevent smuggling. These ships—known as “revenue cutters” for the … Continue reading

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Is DOD Ready to Support a Response to a Cyber Attack?

Critical infrastructure—the facilities and systems that support banking, commerce, energy, and more—is vital to our national economy, security, and public health. It can also be vulnerable to cyber attacks, which are increasing in frequency, sophistication, and severity. In the event … Continue reading

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A “Quick Look” at DOD, NASA, and DHS Acquisitions

For the past 15 years, we’ve been reviewing the federal government’s largest acquisition programs in our “Quick Looks”—and our latest reports featured the Department of Defense, NASA, and the Department of Homeland Security. While each agency serves a different mission, … Continue reading

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