ASPR and DARPA Forge New Partnership to Deliver Novel and Robust Health Security Capabilities

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have forged a new relationship to strengthen the capabilities needed to protect the nation from 21st century health security threats. The partnership agreement will focus on research, development, and deployment of medical countermeasures and technologies that advance U.S. readiness to respond to health security threats.

S&T Develops Terrorism Prevention Research Findings Dashboard

To counter the continually growing and changing threat of violent extremism, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has developed a free and publicly accessible research findings dashboard that hosts more than 1,500 catalogued terrorism prevention and countering violent extremism research documents.

HHS Selects Pilot Projects to Demonstrate Better Approach to Disaster Medical Care

In a disaster, thousands of Americans may require immediate medical specialty care, surpassing the care available in the community. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response awarded grants to demonstrate how a new Regional Disaster Health Response System could meet these needs.

Evacuation Decision-Making: How People Make Choices in Disasters

After hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the National Science Foundation funded research to investigate the broad impacts of these disasters. Roxane Cohen Silver, professor of psychological science, medicine, and public health at the University of California, Irvine, studied the details of why people chose to evacuate or stay put as Hurricane Irma approached.

HHS Enlists MediWound to Develop Treatment for Sulfur Mustard Injury

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will work with MediWound Ltd. to develop a new treatment for skin injuries caused by sulfur mustard, a potential terrorism threat. Currently, there are no U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved treatments for skin injuries caused by exposure to sulfur mustard.

Statement by Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen on the Release of the National Cyber Strategy

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen released a statement on the National Cyber Strategy: “The Trump administration has taken bold steps to strengthen our security and prosperity in cyberspace in the face of growing threats and competition. Today’s National Cyber Strategy – the first in fifteen years – strengthens the government’s commitment to work in partnership with industry to combat those threats and secure our critical infrastructure.”

Secretary Nielsen Swears in New Homeland Security Advisory Council Members

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen met with the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) to discuss her priorities for the Department. The group discussed a range of homeland security issues and Secretary Nielsen swore in eight new members to the HSAC: Jayson P. Ahern, Stewart A. Baker, Frank J. Cilluffo, Mark J. Dannels, Carol DiBattiste, Cathy Lanier, Wendy Smith-Reeve, and Chad Sweet.

New SAFETY Act Best Practices Guide to Commercial Building Security Now Available

A new web-based tool can help security professionals for commercial office buildings perform assessments based on the Best Practices for Anti-Terrorism Security (BPATS) for commercial office buildings. With best practices developed by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, in partnership with the National Institute of Building Sciences, building owners seeking protections under the Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies (SAFETY) Act can use the tool when developing their application packages.

Statement from the President on the National Biodefense Strategy and National Security Presidential Memorandum

President Donald Trump has released a National Biodefense Strategy and signed a National Security Presidential Memorandum that will strengthen the nation’s defenses against biological threats to health and safety. The implementation of these actions will promote a more efficient, coordinated, and accountable biodefense enterprise.

House of Representatives Votes to Authorize the DHS Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed by a voice vote the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Act of 2018 (H.R. 6198). Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen established the DHS Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Office in December 2017. If enacted into law, this legislation would permanently establish the office and grant it new authorities to protect the American people against evolving WMD threats.