This National Counterintelligence Strategy of the United States of America 2020-2022 report outlines a new approach to counterintelligence. This new strategy focuses on five key areas where foreign intelligence entities are hitting the United States hardest and greater attention is needed – critical infrastructure, key U.S. supply chains, the U.S. economy, American democratic institutions, and cyber and technical operations.
Many federal agencies created to prepare and respond to man-made and natural disasters may have returned to Pre-9/11 status. Too many important positions are filled by acting personnel or are vacant. Discontent is on the rise and retention is low. One reader's logical and reasonable explanations and solutions to these concerns, spurred DomPrep to create a readership flash poll. The results of that poll and the comments and recommendations provided by more than 100 emergency preparedness professionals are shared in this report. Warning: Many of the responses are disturbing.
Ready or Not provides an annual assessment of states’ level of readiness to respond to public health emergencies and recommends policy actions to ensure that everyone’s health is protected during such events. This 2020 edition reports overall preparedness improvement but also identifies areas that need attention.
The National Qualification System (NQS) establishes and promotes baseline qualifications for a national incident workforce consisting of incident management, incident support, and emergency management personnel. This National Incident Management System (NIMS) Supplemental Guide for Coaches and Evaluators is a supplemental NQS guide that defines the roles coaches and evaluators play in developing a qualified incident workforce based on consistent performance standards. The guide explains the standards that coaches and evaluators uphold and identifies the skills necessary to succeed in their work with trainees.
Members of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Advisory Council presented a report to Acting FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor outlining actions the agency can take to address key issues facing the field of emergency management. The council passed 31 recommendations, which included input from a broad range of stakeholders including community partners, experts in insurance and risk, mitigation, and finance.
The National Preparedness Report evaluates annual preparedness progress and challenges facing the whole community. The 2019 National Preparedness Report highlights the diverse range of preparedness challenges the Nation faces—from terrorism and active shooter incidents, to cyberattacks, to natural disasters, as well as how stakeholders across the nation are using preparedness grant funding to invest in preparedness improvements.
The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) developed this guide to serve as an overview of the U.S. all-hazards approach to critical infrastructure security and resilience. It is intended for both domestic and international partners.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the release of the Community Lifelines Implementation Toolkit 2.0, which provides updated information and resources to better understand and implement Community Lifelines throughout the emergency management community. This updated toolkit supports last month’s release of the revised National Response Framework, Fourth Edition, and incorporates lessons learned from recent disasters and stakeholder feedback.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Strategic Framework for Countering Terrorism and Targeted violence explains how the department will use the tools and expertise that have protected and strengthened the country from foreign terrorist organizations to address the evolving challenges of domestic terrorism and targeted violence here at home.
The U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) studied 41 incidents of targeted school violence that occurred at K-12 schools in the United States from 2008 to 2017. This report offers an in-depth analysis of the motives, behaviors, and situational factors of the attackers, as well as the tactics, resolutions, and other operationally relevant details of the attacks.