The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) established the Homeland Intelligence Experts Group this week, assembling experts from the private sector to advise on federal intelligence efforts.
Former senior intelligence officials, journalists, and human rights advocates join the assembly,... Read More »
A first-of-its-kind-facility in the United States – the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) – received a best project award from Engineering News-Record (ENR) Midwest this week.
That award, centered... Read More »
With the launch of the Rapid Experimental Missionized Autonomy (REMA) program this week, within the next 18 months DARPA intends to create ways for commercial drones to work autonomously on predefined tasks after connection with their operators is lost.
“REMA is focused on creating autonomous... Read More »
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) failed to properly resolve and monitor issues at International Mail Facilities (IMF), leading to wasted dollars and risks to both officers and its larger mission, according to a newly released report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG).
CBP... Read More »
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced last week that its Operation Without a Trace had helped seize more firearms headed out the U.S. Southwest border by the end of July than were halted throughout all of FY 2022.
The operation was a coordinated enforcement effort between DHS... Read More »
A total of 15 businesses will benefit from a new award of $14,994,521 doled out by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program this week, as the government pushes for supportive new technologies.
Specifically, DHS seeks... Read More »
On Friday, the U.S. Coast Guard announced its Cutter Healy crew and a number of scientists from the National Science Foundation would take on a mission in the Arctic Ocean.
The mission will take the cutter west from Kodiak, Alaska where the crew and researchers will service the Nansen and... Read More »
In order to fund operations throughout Fiscal Year 2024 and pursue network upgrades, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) Board last week approved a $451 million budget package.
This included $95 million for an operating budget, $95 million for reserves and $261 million for... Read More »
While lab-based testing has advanced in many ways over the years, sample preservation still relies on refrigerated transport that can cause challenges in remote environments, and this month Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) launched a new program to solicit alternatives.
At... Read More »
Building on more than $60 million in basic and applied research and 20 years of work in the field, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is nearing release of a comprehensive database on explosives.
ExPRT, as the database is known, will assist... Read More »
Reckoning with the growing attention on and potential of artificial intelligence, the United States Department of Defense (DoD) last week created a generative AI task force to analyze, integrate and responsibly utilize large language models, and more.
These efforts were gathered under the... Read More »
Through the Cyber Safety Review Board (CSRB), the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) intends to review the targeting of cloud computing, providing recommendations for security among government, industry, and Cloud Service Providers (CSPs).
“Organizations of all kinds are... Read More »
Global hacker group Lapsus$ took top billing in the latest report from the United States Cyber Safety Review Board (CSRB), and though its techniques were found to be simple, its threat is anything but, prompting a series of recommendations for greater protections.
The CSRB operates under the... Read More »
From its ground vehicles to weapon systems work, the combat missions systems (CMS) side of BAE Systems brought $1.9 billion to the United States economy last year, according to its newly published 2022 Economic Impact Report.
“Our vast network of sites and strong supplier base are important... Read More »
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has detailed a follow-on contract with Raytheon and Northrop Grumman Corporation to reduce risk for future air breathing hypersonic systems.
The scope of work calls for the Raytheon-led team to build and fly additional Hypersonic... Read More »
A Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) analysis maintains nuclear security conditions are regressing among the dozens of countries, as well as areas with weapons-usable nuclear materials and nuclear facilities.
“The bottom line is that the countries and areas with the greatest responsibility for... Read More »
During the first half of 2023, which ended June 30, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) noted personnel intercepted 3,251 firearms at airport security checkpoints.
“Anyone traveling with a firearm must follow the rules and pack it properly in checked baggage in addition to... Read More »
Last week the United States destroyed its last declared chemical weapons stockpile, allowing the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to confirm that all such stockpiles worldwide are now verified gone.
It was work spanning decades, following on from the ratification of... Read More »
BAE Systems has outlined the nuances of its new FalconWorks initiative within the company's Air Sector platform. which targets advanced and agile research to deliver varied combat air capabilities.
"Defending our freedoms is becoming ever more unpredictable – the only constant is change," BAE... Read More »
Nations with the best capacity to prevent, detect and respond to disease threats weathered the COVID-19 pandemic with lower overall mortality rates than less prepared nations, according to a new study from partners at the Brown University School of Public Health, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and... Read More »
Through its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) last week awarded research contracts amounting to $3.15 million to 20 small businesses, to advance proof of concept research in seven areas.
This will advance in phases, with... Read More »
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a series of recommendations to agencies and leadership regarding counterterrorism information sharing enhancements.
According to the GAO, it remains unclear if federal programs designed to improve how terrorism-related information is shared... Read More »
Aerospace and defense technology company Northrop Grumman Corporation is espousing the benefits of its Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS), noting it was delivered two years ahead of schedule.
Poland is the first U.S. ally to field IBCS and Polish soldiers will be trained to use the system,... Read More »
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) officials are touting a new program they maintain addresses bloodstream infections (BSI)-causing fungal and bacterial pathogens.
The Synthetic Hemo-technologIEs that Locate & Disinfect (SHIELD) program seeks to develop broad, preventive... Read More »
Threat detection and security screening company Smiths Detection is slated to manufacture and deliver up to 1,050 Lightweight Chemical Detectors (LCD) to the Swiss Federal Department of Defense (DOD).
The action would aid in replacing the existing fleet of personal chemical... Read More »
The U.S Navy has trouble with accurately estimating project costs according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and with much of its shipyards in poor and outdated condition, evaluators determined changes are needed to properly address the larger design process.
In a prominently cited... Read More »
Northrop Grumman Corporation has detailed the successful flight test of its advanced airborne navigation solution, Embedded Global Positioning System (GPS) / Inertial Navigation System (INS) Modernization - known as EGI-M.
“This flight test is a major step forward in developing our next... Read More »
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a new draft guidance the agency noted focuses on considerations to researchers investigating psychedelic drugs for potential treatment of medical conditions.
“Psychedelic drugs show initial promise as potential treatments for mood,... Read More »
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) recently outlined results of a demonstration testing new flood and wildfire alerting technology.
DHS S&T partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Integrated Public Alert Warning System... Read More »
Global aerospace company Lockheed Martin has been selected by the U.S. Army to address the second phase of the Terrestrial Layer System (TLS) – Echelons Above Brigade (TLS-EAB) program.
“The U.S. Army’s Family of Systems concept is a proven model for developing and delivering converged... Read More »
As a means of tracking objects from the time they enter a location to when they exit, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) recently awarded $199,500 to a startup called Analytical AI for a new AI algorithm.
Under the Security Soft Targets... Read More »
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched an initiative that targets safe, battlefield-ready anesthetics.
The Anesthetics for Battlefield Care (ABC) program is a fundamental research effort seeking the production of anesthetics reducing trauma associated with injury... Read More »
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) a pair of recommendations to improve missile system sustainment and readiness oversight.
The GAO noted the DOD's Missile Defense Agency (MDA) develops systems to detect attacks and track, intercept and... Read More »
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) took a step toward changing the face of emergency relief this week, as tests concluded for its H2@Rescue Emergency Relief Truck.
The truck incorporates hydrogen into its make up. It boasts a hydrogen fuel... Read More »
Aerospace company Northrop Grumman is touting the Forward Area Air Defense Command and Control (FAAD C2) system's air and missile defense interoperability among Baltic states, NATO, and U.S. forces.
“FAAD C2 will enable the Baltic region forces to make faster, better-informed decisions to... Read More »