Updates

DHS S&T Seeks Information on Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate released a request for information about commercially available self-contained breathing apparatus to meet the needs of emergency responders. The technologies will be considered for inclusion in a market survey being conducted by S&T’s National Urban Security Technology Laboratory in collaboration with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

DHS S&T Awards Funding to Auburn University for Detection Canine Research and Development

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate announced a $24 million contract, awarded over five years, to Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine to support research & development in the detection canine field. The award will explore ways to improve the availability and efficacy of detection dogs, which are vital in protecting our Nation’s borders, transportation hubs, major public events, and more.

Secretary Mayorkas Designates Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status for 18 Months

This designation is based on both ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions in Ukraine that prevent Ukrainian nationals, and those of no nationality who last habitually resided in Ukraine, from returning to Ukraine safely. These conditions result from the full-scale Russian military invasion into Ukraine, which marks the largest conventional military action in Europe since World War II.

DHS Designated as the Lead Federal Agency to Respond to Russia-Related Impacts to the United States

The President has designated the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as the lead Federal agency to coordinate domestic preparedness and response efforts related to the current Russia-Ukraine crisis. While there are no specific threats to the homeland at this time, DHS is taking appropriate steps to ensure Federal efforts are coordinated should the need arise.

DHS S&T Seeks to Test Innovative First Responder Technologies at Urban OpEx 2022

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate released a Request for Information seeking new and emerging technologies that first responders can experiment with and test in a realistic, urban setting.

The TSA Federal Air Marshal Service recognizes its 60th anniversary

2 March 1962, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy swore in the first class of 18 “Sky Marshals,” a special force of Federal Aviation Administration inspectors who volunteered and trained to protect U.S. aircraft and passengers from air piracy.

Secretary Mayorkas Designates Sudan and Extends and Redesignates South Sudan for Temporary Protected Status

Secretary Mayorkas made these decisions after consultation with interagency partners and careful consideration of the conditions in these countries. The designation of Sudan and South Sudan is based off of political unrest and armed conflict that have displaced millions of residence.

Rensselaer Research Teams Receive Funding To Further Understanding of Robotics

Two School of Engineering projects secure nearly $900,000 from Department of Defense. These projects were chosen as they focus on modernization priorities set by the U.S. Department of Defense while strengthening U.S. manufacturing and empowering workers.

Joint Statement by Secretaries Raimondo and Mayorkas on Assessment of Critical Supply Chains Supporting the Information and Communications Technology Industry

Directed by President Biden as part of the executive order on America’s supply chains, the Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security evaluated the current supply chain conditions for select hardware and software products, identified key risks that threaten to disrupt those supply chains, and proposed a strategy to mitigate risk and strengthen supply chain resiliency.

DHS S&T and Israeli Partners Announce Call for Proposals for Advanced Technologies in Homeland Security

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and the Israel Ministry of Public Security (MOPS) have partnered on the jointly funded Binational Industrial Research and Development Homeland Security (BIRD) Homeland Security program. The program has announced the 2022 call for proposals seeking collaborative projects between U.S. and Israeli entities to develop advanced solutions for mission-critical homeland security needs with the potential to enhance safety and security around the globe.