Updates

Statement by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on the U.S. Approach to Strengthening the Biological Weapons Convention

The National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, announces intention to strengthen and revitalize the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) and the Ninth Review Conference.

Fire Protection Research Foundation Receives Grants to Help Improve Firefighter Safety, WUI Evacuation Modeling, and More

The Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF), the research affiliate of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), has received four direct grants that will advance safety in a variety of areas.

A Secure Environment to Create the Future of Cybersecurity Solutions

The Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) are partnering to develop CISA’s Cybersecurity Laboratory.

AmeriCorps Makes more than $10 Million Available to Senior Volunteer Programs

AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and volunteerism, announced today it will make more than $10 million available to new AmeriCorps Seniors grantees to address ongoing needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

DHS Selects Northeastern University to Lead Center of Excellence for Engineering Secure Environments from Targeted Attacks

Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced the selection of Northeastern University to lead a consortium of U.S. academic institutions and other partners for a new Center of Excellence for Engineering Secure Environments from Targeted Attacks (ESE).

National 911 Program Kicks Off Computer-Aided Dispatch Assessment Project

The assessment will lend understanding to the costs and challenges of establishing interoperable 911 computer-aided dispatch (CAD) data-sharing capability across the United States.

Protecting GPS Satellites, Signals, and America Webinar

The Domestic Preparedness Journal and the Resilient Navigation and Timing Foundation are pleased to announce the “Protecting GPS Satellites, Signals, and America” webinar. The discussion will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. ET.

WHO and partners call for action to better protect health and care workers from COVID-19

The World Health Organization and partners[i] have issued an urgent call for concrete action to better protect health and care workers worldwide from COVID-19 and other health issues. The organizations are concerned that large numbers of health and care workers have died from COVID-19, but also that an increasing proportion of the workforce are suffering from burnout, stress, anxiety and fatigue.

S&T and New York City Partners Conduct Above/Below Ground Air Sampling Study

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced that it will join several New York City agencies for an above- and below-ground air sampling study that will ultimately help urban areas prepare for and recover from incidents involving hazardous materials.

New Fentanyl Detection Standards Will Protect First Responders in the Field

ASTM International, one of the largest standards development organizations in the world, published three new standards for the field detection of fentanyl and fentanyl-related compounds. “This project is truly a win-win for first responders and manufacturers of field chemical detection equipment,” said Rich Ozanich, the lead researcher at PNNL who developed the standards and is leading the development of expanded instrument libraries and assessment of instrument performance. He added, “having these expanded libraries will improve responder capability to identify new drugs they encounter and respond in a more effective manner.”