Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Biodefense Research Agenda Progress Report

According to a progress report by an expert panel convened by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), they have made “tremendous progress” in developing a bioterrorism research capability. Areas of progress include: establishing the research infrastructure, including biosafety containment laboratories, needed to study dangerous pathogens; generating interest...

Agreement on visa oversight and process

Press release by the DHS, Sept. 29. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge and Secretary of State Colin Powell have signed a memorandum of understanding, signaling their commitment to work cooperatively to create and maintain an effective, efficient visa process that safeguards the United States. The document describes the respective...

Airport adopts biometric security system

Toledo Express Airport, Toledo, OH, joins San Francisco International Airport as the only two U.S. airports to use a biometric security system which verifies the identity of an individual by the unique physical characteristics of his or her hand. http://www.govtech.net/news/news.php?id=2003.09.29-70006 Article formerly posted at https://www.hsdl.org/blog/newpost/view/s_27

Funds awarded for emergency responder systems

The Interoperable Communications Technology Grant program, jointly administered by agencies under the Dept. of Homeland Security and the Justice Dept., awarded federal funding to help communities across the country develop demonstration programs of interoperable communicaitons systems for first responders. Details, including the amounts awarded by state, may be found at:...

DSB report “Discriminate Use of Force” available online

The July 2003 Defense Science Board report Discriminate Use of Force has just been posted to its website. According to the transmittal letter, the report “first identifies enablers of DUF” and then focuses its recommendations on two of them: (1) Create a capability to do campaign planning at the strategic/operational...

TSA approves $100 million to reimburse airlines

Press release by the Transportation Security Administration, DHS, dated 9/24/03 detailed reimbursement grants totaling $100 million to 58 domestic air carriers for the direct cost of reinforcing cockpit doors. This money is in addition to $97 million that the FAA announced on April 9 for the same purpose. The press...

Network for bioforensics to be organized

Reported in the Baltimore Sun, Sept. 26, 2003. The federal government is organizing a national network of laboratories and experts to trace the source of future bioterrorist attacks. The National Bioforensics Analysis Center to be established at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md., will maintain databases of viruses, bacteria and other...