The homeland security challenges in the Arctic region are rapidly evolving.
To aid citizens and operators in the region, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), a Multi-Award Recipient in the 2023 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security, Public Safety, and Government Excellence Awards Program, has announced that the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) to lead a consortium of U.S. academic institutions and other partners for the new ADAC-ARCTIC Center of Excellence (COE).
S&T will provide ADAC-ARCTIC $46 million over a 10-year cooperative agreement to establish this Research Center portfolio for Homeland Security in the Arctic.
The ADAC-ARCTIC Center will develop capabilities and knowledge to advance homeland security in the Arctic across four related research and education themes:
Advancing all-domain situational awareness
Improving understanding of risks and potential impacts
Enabling adaptation for resilience
Expanding collaboration and cooperation across the Homeland Security Enterprise
A key focus of this COE will be fostering collaboration between government agencies, industry partners, local and indigenous communities, and academic institutions, bringing together experts from cybersecurity, emergency management, and maritime security.
“The ADAC-ARCTIC COE will affect major DHS mission priorities by focusing on critical research needed to prepare for and implement effective responses to challenges facing the Arctic domain,” explained Dr. Dimitri Kusnezov, DHS Under Secretary for Science and Technology.
“The Arctic’s dynamic ecosystem has proven to be an extraordinary challenge, and DHS is fortunate to leverage the expertise of academia to meet operational requirements.”
The COE will lead a consortium of academic, industry, government, laboratory, and local and indigenous community partners to help provide access to rigorous research and education resources for DHS and broader homeland security stakeholders.
(Learn more about the University of Alaska Anchorage selection to lead ADAC-ARCTIC, a new center of excellence consortium of U.S. academic institutions and important partners. DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) will provide $46M in funding. Courtesy of DHS Science and Technology Directorate and YouTube.)
Working closely with DHS operational components, the ADAC-ARCTIC research portfolio will research and develop multidisciplinary solutions focused on natural and man-made disasters, ice melt, and communications infrastructure.
Vital insights from academic-led innovative research will help the Department of Homeland Security adapt operational missions to the complex, evolving Arctic domain.
In addition to conducting research, the ADAC-ARCTIC COE will lead training and education efforts for students, faculty, and the DHS workforce.
The DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is the Department’s primary research and development arm and manages science and technology research, from development through transition, for the Department’s operational components and first responders.
DHS S&T, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security component, aids the Department as it fulfills its national security mission.
To learn more about S&T’s COE program, visit www.dhs.gov/st-oup.
DHS Science & Technology Recognized in 2023 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program
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DHS Science & Technology (S&T) (First of Three)
Excellence in Public Safety and Community Resilience
The National Urban Security Technology Laboratory (NUSTL) is America’s principal federal laboratory for first responder technology testing and evaluation and is critical to the solutions the Science and Technology Directorate delivers to its stakeholders.
Throughout its 75-year history, the lab has remained at the forefront of rapidly evolving technology for everyday hazards and our nation’s more complex threats.
From measuring radioactive fallout during the Cold War to conducting field tests of first responder technologies today, NUSTL’s work plays a vital role in the lives of first responders and the security of the American people.
(Learn more about NUSTL. Courtesy of the DHS Science and Technology Directorate and YouTube.)
New technologies are developed daily to enhance responder performance and safety, but are they durable? Will they perform under pressure? That’s what the NUSTL aims to ensure.
As a federal laboratory organized within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), NUSTL brings together the interests and initiatives of the Homeland Security Enterprise with the first responder community.
The laboratory’s mission activities in test and evaluation (T&E) and research and development (R&D) help first responders prepare, protect, and respond to homeland security threats.
DHS Science & Technology (S&T) (Second of Three)
Excellence in Public Safety and Community Resilience
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), in collaboration with FEMA’s IPAWS System, has introduced new technology that integrates unattended flood and wildfire sensors with the IPAWS Open Platform for Emergency Networks.
These critical emergency alerts would be pushed to people in affected areas on their mobile devices and even on vehicle infotainment systems, with life-saving public safety alerts to street mapping apps, so they can be directed out of the path of danger, leading to enhanced public safety and improved emergency response in the face of natural disaster.
These systems have the potential to provide life-saving critical emergency alerts to people in affected areas on their mobile devices and even on vehicle infotainment systems, leading to enhanced public safety and improved emergency response in the face of natural disasters.
“The Wildland Urban Interface affects millions of Americans who live in or near areas prone to wildfires and flooding. This program is focused on developing innovative solutions that can help minimize the devastating impact on people and their communities,” explained Dr. Dimitri Kusnezov, DHS Under Secretary for Science and Technology.
“S&T and FEMA IPAWS are dedicated to making long-term investments in innovative technology to ensure our nation’s first responders and emergency managers don’t face tomorrow’s floods and fires with yesterday’s tools.”
DHS Science & Technology (S&T), (Third of Three)
Excellence in Public Safety and Community Resilience
Screening at Speed Program for New
Carry-On Baggage Screening System
S&T recently installed a next-generation carry-on baggage screening system at Boston Logan International Airport in Massachusetts to collect data about how the system operates in a real-world environment to improve the system and detection algorithms.
The system, administered by S&T’s Screening at Speed Program, is intended to help the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) cut the number of false alarms during carry-on bag screenings and reduce the time passengers spend in line waiting for their bags to be cleared.
“This new carry-on screening system is an important next step in aviation security,” said Dr. John Fortune, S&T’s Screening at Speed Program Manager.
“It combines two state-of-the-art systems into a hybrid that outperforms what the systems can do on their own. This data collection will help us fine-tune the Automatic Threat Recognition (ATR) algorithm and take advantage of the system’s ability to know which objects in our carry-on bags are actual threats and which just look like threats.”
The two systems in this hybrid are the Computed Tomography (CT) X-ray, like the technology used in CAT scans, and the newer X-ray diffraction (XRD) system, which provides more information about the types of materials in bags than CT X-ray and, in some cases, can identify what objects are made of in carry-on bags.
Together, the two systems allow Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) to view a 3D image of the bag, identify materials inside, and recognize whether there is a threat without opening it, reducing the number of bag inspections and speeding up the process at the checkpoint.
This new technology would also improve screening methods and daily workflows for TSA’s TSOs on the front lines of aviation security. Technologies like the hybrid CT/XRD system would bring those goals together in a single system.
The Screening at Speed Program conducts transformative research and development to improve the traveler experience, ensure security systems development outpaces evolving threats, and realize the aviation experience of the future.
(Learn how S&T mobilizes innovation and develops technology to protect our country and secure our world. From sensors to cybersecurity to technology for first responders, DHS S&T works with industry leaders to find tomorrow’s solutions, today. Courtesy of DHS Science and Technology Directorate and YouTube.)
*DHS S&T has been recognized with Multiple Awards for Seven Consecutive Years in the Annual ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Programs.
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