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Thursday, January 21st, 2021

Research

BIRD Foundation unveils project funding initiative

The Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation has awarded two projects a total of $1.5 million to address homeland security threat detection and 3D mapping technologies. The BIRD Homeland Security (HLS) program is a joint initiative funded by the Department of... Read More »

Process examines illicit nuclear trade exposure

A Center for Advanced Defense Studies (C4ADS) and Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) report has determined a blueprint for identifying high-risk or illicit nuclear trade activities at scale. Signals in the Noise: Preventing Nuclear Proliferation with Machine Learning & Publicly Available... Read More »

Agencies developing firefighter tracking technology

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has partnered with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA JPL) to develop firefighter tracking technology. The effort would allow first responders to locate team members in burning buildings more accurately.... Read More »

FDA pledges continued monitoring of UK SARS-CoV-2 mutation

As a new, more infectious strain of SARS-CoV-2 spreads further from the United Kingdom and across the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising that its impact on molecular tests will likely be low, with three approved tests currently affected. The variant, known as... Read More »

IARPA initiative aids satellite imagery automation

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) has launched a multi-year research effort officials said is designed to automate broad-area search of multi-source satellite imagery. The Space-based Machine Automated Recognition Technique (SMART) program detects, monitors, and... Read More »

DHS report details alien border encounters

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials have released the Fiscal Year 2020 Enforcement Lifecycle Report, an analysis of enforcement outcomes for aliens encountered at the Southwest Border. The report covers Fiscal Years 2014 through 2019. The Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS)... Read More »

ICE notes operational successes in 2020 annual report

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials noted operational successes within its fiscal year 2020 annual report, focusing on immigration laws enforcement and customs and immigration violation investigations. “The men and women who represent ICE have risen to the challenges presented... Read More »