Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Grant awards for Technical Assistance Program

The Office for Domestic Preparedness (ODP) is accepting applications for the Fiscal Year 2004 Homeland Security Preparedness Technical Assistance Program. The program is designed to enhance the capacity of emergency responders to prevent, deter, or respond to terrorist incidents involving weapons of mass destruction. Cooperative Agreements and Grant Awards will...

The DARPA Grand Challenge

Robots, start your engines as the DARPA Grand Challenge will be off and running on March 13, 2004. The Grand Challenge is a field test of autonomous robotic vehicle technology and will cover 225 miles of routes from southern California to Nevada. The challenge will promote the research of robotic...

Climate change cause for concern

Despite heroic efforts to ensure homeland security for America, perhaps the greatest and uncontrollable threat could be the weather. A recent report warns of the consequences of Global warming resulting in abrupt climate changes that could threaten the political stabilities of regional areas. Long and harsher winters in the north...

FBI to boost numbers of Analysts

Responding to criticism of the alleged failure to connect the dots leading to September 11, the FBI is recruiting 900 new analysts. This would be an increase of 76 % with more than half of them assigned to combating terrorists. The analysts will be looking at raw intelligence from the...

Homeland Security gets a “dusting”

For terrorists and adversaries, a good housekeeper could be the best deterrent in the discovery of their clandestine activities. In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s tech venture and other investors are developing “smart dust”, miniature sensors that track measure heat, movement, analyze compounds, and other intelligence gathering measures. More on smart dust can...

New Critical Infrastructure Program launched

The Department of Homeland Security announced the creation of the “Protected Critical Infrastructure Information (PCII) Program. The aim of the program is to solicit infrastructure information from the private sector that could be vulnerable to a terrorist attack. Much of the information, if attacked could severely disrupt public health, national...

Vet Reserve Corp ready for agroterrorism

One of the latest teams to come on board in the response plan for agroterrorism is the Reserve Veterinary Corps. This volunteer group of veterinarians, formed about a year ago, are equipped with the latest in GPS, cameras and other equipment making them the “eyes and ears” in the field....

Homeland Defense reaps recycled Army vehicles

United Defense, one of the largest suppliers of military equipment now has a domestic client, the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office in Alabama. The Sheriff’s department just received the first of two 12 ton Tactical Command Post Vehicle, a member of the M113 family used in search and rescue, counter drug...

New legal guide for emergency managers from DTRA

In the midst of coordinating agencies and assuming roles in emergency response, federal, state and local agencies have found that rules governing their jurisdiction and legal authority to act are not always evident. In response,the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has published its first legal guide, “Domestic WMD Incident Management...

Cybersecurity Research grant goes to LSU

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1.8 million dollar grant to Louisiana State University’s, Dr. Peter Chen for research in cybersecurity. Dr. Chen’s work focuses on “smart linkage”, the ability to coordinate databases and discover hidden data relationships. Law enforcement is looking at Dr. Chen’s research as an important...