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Thursday, March 4th, 2021

Government

Gardner introduces bill to strengthen airport security

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced an amendment on Tuesday that requires the administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to establish a pilot program to improve the physical layout of security screening operations at airports. “The recent attack in Brussels raised... Read More »

McCaul releases new European terror threat snapshot

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) released a European terror threat snapshot on Tuesday. The snapshot represents a periodic committee assessment of potential Islamist terror threat environments across Europe. “The United States and our allies face an... Read More »

CBP captures burglary suspects, sex offenders in El Paso

The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) El Paso Sector arrested a wanted burglary suspect, two known sex offenders and recovered a stolen vehicle last week. CBP agents working at the U.S. Border Patrol Checkpoint near Alamogordo, New Mexico, flagged a suspicious looking... Read More »

CDC releases Community Planning Framework

As part of the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) plans to protect the nation against threats to the public health, the organization recently released a Community Planning Framework that addresses major areas that are crucial in any community’s response to abnormally occurring diseases. The... Read More »

Zilinskas: U.S. biodefense needs improvement

The United States is increasingly turning to biodefense as threats against the homeland continue to grow, but the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey's Dr. Raymond Zilinskas recently warned that the larger problem remains that no one knows the true state of American... Read More »

CDC praises crisis communicators

The Centers for Disease Control on Wednesday detailed the valuable work its crisis communicators do during disease outbreaks, natural disasters, biological threats and other disaster-related incidents. Crisis communicators work primarily through detailed plans and outlined goals, all of which... Read More »

Upton, Murphy press HHS on Zika virus response

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), along with Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA), recently sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) criticizing the department’s response to the ongoing spread of the Zika... Read More »

INTERPOL hosts digital security challenge in Singapore

The INTERPOL Digital Security Challenge, which took place last week in Singapore, gave participants from 26 countries a scenario that gave them 52 hours to identify a blackmailer demanding a 10,000 bitcoin ransom. “Cybercrime investigations are becoming more and more complex and this challenge... Read More »

Interpol holds bioterrorism workshop

The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) held a workshop on Friday in Lyon, France, to enhance the capacity of authorities in Iraq to better prevent, detect and respond to biological threats. “I am confident this workshop will deepen our levels of awareness – not just on... Read More »

Payne homeland security grants bill passes House

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation on Friday introduced by Rep. Donald Payne, Jr., (D-NJ) to improve coordination between state and local partners on funding priorities for homeland security grants. “Emergency preparedness takes a whole community, but too often there is a... Read More »

ECBC releases information on new chemical research center

The U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) released information on Thursday regarding its new Non-Traditional Agent Defense Test System, a collection of specialized test chambers designed to test chemical protection agents, as well as detection and decontamination equipment. The... Read More »

Frech: U.S. should focus on biodefense, preparation

The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense’s “National Blueprint for Biodefense” warned that “the United States is underprepared for biological threats,” adding that “biological events may be inevitable, (but) their level of impact on our country is not.” To combat a biological... Read More »

DTRA releases 2016-2020 Strategic Plan

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), along with the United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (SCC-WMD) and the Joint Force Headquarters for Elimination (SJFHQ-E), released its 2016-2020 strategic plan on Thursday. The four-point plan... Read More »