Reading the Body’s History of Threat Exposure

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) new Epigenetic Characterization and Observation (ECHO) program aims to build a field-deployable platform technology that quickly reads someone’s epigenome and identifies signatures that indicate whether that person has ever been exposed to materials that could be associated with weapons of mass destruction. This allows intelligence officers to immediately piece together a chain of evidence.

FDA, USDA Announce Formal Agreement to Bolster Coordination and Collaboration

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announce a formal agreement aimed at making the oversight of food more efficient and effective by bolstering coordination between the two agencies. The formal agreement outlines efforts to increase interagency collaboration, efficiency and effectiveness on produce safety and biotechnology activities, while providing clarity to manufacturers.

Blast, Impact Simulations Could Lead to Better Understanding of Injuries and Body Armor

Sandia National Laboratories is developing specialized computer modeling and simulation methods to better understand how blasts on a battlefield could lead to traumatic brain injury and injuries to vital organs, like the heart and lungs. The information could help manufacturers develop better designs for helmets and body armor.

Security at the Speed of Life

The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate recently reached a milestone in its development of a millimeter wave imager that will screen for potential threat items – unobtrusively as people pass by, without slowing them down – at metro and train stations.

FDA and DoD Launch Program to Expedite Availability of Medical Products for the Emergency Care of American Military Personnel

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) launched a joint program to prioritize the efficient development of safe and effective medical products intended to save the lives of U.S. military personnel.

MERS Antibodies Produced in Cattle Safe, Treatment Well Tolerated in Phase 1 Trial

An experimental treatment developed from cattle plasma for Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus infection shows broad potential, according to a small clinical trial led by National Institutes of Health scientists and their colleagues. According to the World Health Organization, the MERS coronavirus has spread to 27 countries and sickened more than 2,000 people, of whom about 35 percent have died.

New Simulator Tool Tests Aircraft Explosive Vulnerabilities

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s Commercial Aircraft Vulnerability and Mitigation (CAVM) program supports testing and evaluation efforts to assess potential vulnerabilities and evaluate countermeasures that can mitigate the impact of explosives on commercial aircraft. CAVM and partners recently developed a reusable Aircraft Explosive Testing Simulator that facilitates testing for new generation commercial aircraft.

First Responder Network Goes Nationwide as All 50 States, 2 Territories and District of Columbia Join FirstNet

First responders across the nation now have a wireless broadband network to call their own. With all 50 states, two U.S. territories, and Washington, D.C., joining FirstNet, public safety has a new choice for its communications that will help save lives and protect communities.

Going to the Source to Prevent Viral Disease Outbreaks

A new DARPA program called Preventing Emerging Pathogenic Threats (PREEMPT) seeks to support military readiness by going after new viral infectious diseases at the source, animal reservoirs – the species in which a pathogen lives, multiplies, and potentially evolves into a strain that can threaten humans.

Center for Domestic Preparedness to Resume Live-Agent Training

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Center for Domestic Preparedness announced that, beginning on 11 January 2018, the Center will resume using nerve agents and biologicals in some of its hazardous materials training courses.