Homeland Security Blog

Sensors Signal Flooding Dangers

August 27, 2019
Posted by Maryann Lawlor
Sensors like those the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate and Intellisense Systems are developing can help give residents ample notice to evacuate before water levels such as those experienced on the Arkansas River in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, earlier this year. Photo by Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA, Pfc. Andy Munoz, USMC, and Lance Cpl. Torrio Mays, USMC, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, filled sandbags in effort to create a retaining wall in Twentynine Palms, California, to redirect the flow of water and prevent it from encircling a home in the event of a flash flood in July. Photo by Cpl. Carley Vedro, USMC, At its first Pitch Day, the U.S. Air Force awarded a multimillion dollar contract to Intellisense Systems Inc. for production of the Micro Weather Sensor, a remote, unattended, fully operational weather sensor originally developed for the U.S. Special Operations Command. Photo by Tim Chavez

Deployable flood inundation sensors based on the Internet of Things are being developed to monitor flood-prone areas in real time to rapidly detect them and alert officials, industry and citizens to potential threats.

The Department of Homeland Security's Newest Agency Outlines Its Future

August 27, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The one-year old Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at the Department of Homeland Security is coordinating the protection of the nation’s critical infrastructure. Credit: Shutterstock/Imfoto

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency presents its strategic plan to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure.

DHS to Fund Terrorism Prevention Center of Excellence

July 15, 2019
Posted by George I. Seffers
The DHS Science and Technology Directorate is funding a $35 million, 10-year effort to create a research center of excellence focused on preventing and countering terrorist attacks. Credit: deepspace/Shutterstock

The DHS Science and Technology Directorate announces a 10-year, $35 million opportunity to create a Terrorism Prevention and Counterterrorism Research Center of Excellence.

Congress Raises Privacy and Civil Liberty Concerns with the DHS’ Use of Biometrics

July 11, 2019
 U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security takes a closer look at how the government is using biometrics in protecting the nation. Credit: Shutterstock/Andrea Izzotti

The federal government's use of facial recognition and other technologies must be scrutinized, some lawmakers assert.

Russia Continues Information Warfare

July 10, 2019
By Gopika Ramesh
According to a recent study from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Russia has not ceased its disinformation efforts. Credit: Shutterstock/Viacheslav Lopatin

The nation is persisting with its disinformation tactics, focusing on Western democracies.

The Department of Homeland Security Looks to Industry for Biometric Solutions

June 20, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The Department of Homeland Security is reaching out to the private sector for ideas about advanced cloud-based biometric technology for immigration and border security.

Latest Request for Information from DHS seeks input on biometric capabilities.

GPS Helps First Responders Rule the Road

June 6, 2019
By Maryann Lawlor
Unlike standard GPS-enabled map apps, QuickRoute settings include options such as “Use Controlled Opposing Lanes” and “Show QuickRoute Alerts on Map.”, Even with all its special features, the QuickRoute app resembles the map apps first responders are accustomed to from personal use.

DHS S&T and partner Azimuth1 LLC are developing QuickRoute, an app that uses GPS and routing data to provide turn-by-turn directions to address first responders’ special needs.

2019 Is the Year of Activity for Federal IT Security

April 24, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Suzette Kent, federal chief information officer, Office of Management and Budget, describes the information security thrusts the federal government will undertake during her keynote address at the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference in Washington.

The federal government is planning several concurrent measures to improve its information technology security this year.

Collaboration Can Curb Adversarial Threats

April 17, 2019
By Maryann Lawlor
Rear Adm. Christian Becker, USN, commander, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), discusses the defense industry’s role executing the Chief of Naval Operations “A Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority 2.0” during a combined AFCEA and NDIA event. SPAWAR works closely with industry to provide the tactical networks, space systems and C4ISR technology assets and services U.S. Navy fleet operators require. U.S. Navy photo by Rick Naystatt/Released, While on active duty as deputy commandant of mission support for the U.S. Coast Guard, Vice Adm. Sandra Stosz, USCG (Ret.), spoke with attendees at the 2017 AFCEA Homeland Security Conference. Photo by Mike Carpenter, Conferences offer members of the private and public sectors to meet face-to-face to discuss opportunities and solutions while building trust. Photo by Mike Carpenter

Defeating hostile threat attempts depends on building effective private-public partnerships.

First Responders Look for Advanced Haptic Interfaces

March 26, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
A screenshot depicts the virtual reality environment for the EMS scenario for the NIST Public Safety Communications Research Division’s Haptic Interfaces for Public Safety Challenge. Credit: PSCR, The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Public Safety Communications Research Division (PSCR) is looking to build off of virtual reality capabilities by adding in haptic interface-based solutions for first responders. Credit: PSCR

The emerging tactile technology could provide key information to firefighters and other public safety officials during crises.

DHS and Israel Seek Homeland Security Proposals

March 11, 2018
The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate and Israel’s Ministry of Public Security are searching for companies or academic institutions in each country to work together on first responder systems, including unmanned aerial vehicles, border protection and systems to fight cyber crime. Credit: charles taylor/Shutterstock

The two countries need advanced technology partners.

DHS, FAA and NASA Preparing Drone Traffic System

February 25, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood

UAV management infrastructure will help protect the airspace.

Silicon Valley Technology Transitions to Border Security

February 13, 2019
By Maryann Lawlor
Automated machine learning expedites the development of predictive models ensuring they are up to date., DataRobot makes it easy for all users, including those who lack a background in data science, to understand how a machine learning model was built and explain to others why a model made the prediction it did.

Three startups developing technologies with the DHS S&T Directorate Silicon Valley Innovation Program successfully transitioned products to Customs and Border Protection.

EAGLE Next Gen Offers Small Business Opportunities

December 19, 2018
Everett Kaneshige, chief strategy officer for broadband and telecommunications for the State of Hawaii (l) and Tom Lawless, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) region IX coordinator, test satellite connectivity in remote areas affected by the Kilauea volcanic eruption. DHS has announced a new approach to information technology modernization, which opens new opportunities for industry, including small businesses. Credit: Grace Simoneau/FEMA

The Department of Homeland Security's decision to alter course on the EAGLE II contract is seen as a win-win for DHS and for industry, including small business.

DHS Ups Its Drone Detection Game

December 11, 2018
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
To protect the nation, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is pursuing multiple drone intrusion detection research and development efforts. Photo Credit: Shutterstock/Yupa Watchanakit.

Working with researchers, the Department of Homeland Security is finding ways to spot and protect against unmanned aerial vehicles.

Directorate Reorganizes for Efficiency

October 4, 2018
By Maryann Lawlor
The RoboCup competitions are an opportunity for the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate to work with other government agencies to bring emerging technologies to fruition faster. Courtesy of DHS S&T., Credit: NB2 by geralt

DHS no longer has the luxury of time to do traditional R&D.

DHS, NIST Standards for Rescue Robots Gain Momentum

October 3, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate and the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s benchmarks are helping public safety officials by providing clear rules for evaluating how well robots perform tasks. Photo credit: DHS S&T

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Institute of Standards and Technology have created 30 benchmarks for comparing autonomous systems.

Developing Technology to Keep the Bad Guys Out

September 26, 2018
By Shaun Waterman
Credit: Shutterstock/jijomathaidesigners, Panelists at the 2018 Federal Identity Forum discuss the creation of a center to stop terrorists from entering the country.

Federal officials work to create a National Vetting Center to stop terrorists and other threat actors.

Researchers Create Chemical Sensor With Legos

June 29, 2018
Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have created a nerve gas detector using a smartphone, a box made of Legos and a chemical sensor. Credit: University of Texas at Austin

A smartphone and a box of Legos can be used to build a nerve agent detector.

DHS Aims to Improve Cybersecurity and Survivability

May 24, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: fuyu liu/Shutterstock

The critical infrastructure has become broader and more vulnerable to cyberspace adversaries, according to the DHS Cybersecurity Strategy.

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