Infrastructure Protection HSPI Issue Briefs Archive

Transportation and Supply Chain Security: Systemic Changes and Policy Opportunities (PDF)

May 24, 2013

In the past several decades these global networks of transportation and trade have become increasingly integrated and interdependent, decreasing the costs and accelerating the speed of the movement of people and goods. However, this integration and complex interdependency has led to new risks to the system, making it more vulnerable to disruption.

Cloud Computing Risks and National Security: Keeping Pace With Expanding Technology (PDF)

September 09, 2010

While cloud computing offers limitless possibilities in terms of collaboration and access to data, the indefinable structure of this advanced technology raises several security concerns. The George Washington Policy University Homeland Security Policy Institute hosted a recent forum sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton and Cisco Systems to address the myriad security concerns that arise as cloud computing deployments expand.

Dependence on Non-Profits During Major Disaster Relief: A Risky Dilemma (PDF)

January 30, 2009

Non-profits have been a key resource for survivors of disasters in the United States and around the world for many years. People depend on them and expect them to be there when a disaster strikes. But what happens when the disaster is too large and beyond the capability of local communities and non-profits to manage?

Serving America's Disaster Victims: FEMA, Where Does It Fit? (PDF)

January 13, 2009

As the debate regarding the bureaucratic placement of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) within the executive branch intensifies, we implore pundits and policymakers alike to pause and consider more broadly the implications of any reshuffling. Serving America’s disaster victims must be the primary focus of any discussion regarding FEMA.