Updates

Commercialized S&T Technologies Meet Critical Response Needs

Since technology can play a pivotal role in how first responders perform on the job, the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s First Responders Group relies on first responder input throughout the research and development phases and beyond. Several technologies developed to meet the critical needs of first responders are now available for agencies to purchase and use.

Mason Leads Training for First Responders

A three-year grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences provides funding for biological safety training. Fire and emergency medical services and law enforcement personnel throughout the mid-Atlantic learn how to protect themselves during infectious disease outbreaks or pandemics thanks to training from George Mason University’s Office of Safety, Emergency, and Enterprise Risk Management.

Pennsylvania Launches TRAIN Learning Network Site

Pennsylvania Department of Health and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency have partnered to launch TRAIN PA, the state’s new TRAIN Learning Network site. TRAIN PA joins a growing list of TRAIN Affiliates that use the TRAIN Learning Network to collaborate on workforce development and capacity-building initiatives across state agencies, local health departments, and other partners.

Statement by Secretary Kelly on Inauguration Security

This statement by the Secretary of U.S. Homeland Security, Gen. John Kelly, thanks the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security and other state, local, and federal law enforcement personnel for their work during the 58th presidential inauguration.

South African Study Provides Compelling New Evidence on Role of Person-to Person Transmission in Drug-Resistant TB Epidemics

A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine provides compelling evidence that extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB) is spread from person-to-person in the KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa from 2011–2014. It builds on a growing body of evidence showing that person-to-person transmission, not just inadequate treatment, is driving the spread of drug-resistant TB.http://whsc.emory.edu/home

Completing the Development of Ebola Vaccines

At a time when public attention is diverted from Ebola and the sense of urgency that propelled a rapid public health response in 2014 and 2015 has faded, the push to bring an Ebola vaccine to licensure and fully prepare the world for the next outbreak must not abate, according to the third report from the Ebola Vaccine Team B.

Sharing Battlefield Information at Multiple Classification Levels Via Mobile Handheld Devices

Troops in remote regions around the world often struggle to operate with limited networks for data sharing and communication when U.S. troops need to share classified or otherwise secure data with each other and coalition partners. To overcome this challenge, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced its Secure Handhelds on Assured Resilient networks at the tactical Edge (SHARE) program.

Scientists Use Fluorescent Gels for Innovative Brain Research

Scientists at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory are studying the physiological effects of blast pressure on the brain in order to discover technology solutions to protect soldiers. The team is partnering with the Japanese Ministry of Defense.

Blockchain Technology Explored for Homeland Security

Blockchain technology represents an innovative leap forward that has many uses and applications across multiple sectors of the economy. Department of Homeland Security, the Science and Technology Directorate is taking the lead with research and development projects in this area to determine viable uses for the technology, specifically under the Homeland Security Enterprise.

PulseNet Helps Washington Public Health Solve Largest Salmonella Outbreak in Recent History

In mid-2015, when reports of salmonella clusters emerged across multiple counties, public health workers knew they had a bigger problem. With the help of the nationwide laboratory network known as PulseNet, state and local public health investigators were able to connect the nearly two dozen salmonella clusters and trace the source.