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Written testimony of S&T for a Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs hearing titled “The Department of Homeland Security at 10 Years: Harnessing Science & Technology to Protect National Security & Enhance Government Efficiency”

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Under Secretary Dr. Tara O’Toole addresses why the development and adoption of new technologies are critical to meeting current and future demands of homeland security missions; how S&T knowledge products, technical analysis, laboratories, and university-based Centers of Excellence contribute to the effectiveness and efficiency of DHS operations; and how S&T is improving the capabilities and safety of first responders.

Bacillus subtilis in a dish

S&T Snapshot - Detect to Protect

Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate’s “Detect to Protect” program will assess trigger and confirmer sensors designed to detect biological agents within minutes

The Truth About BioWatch

DHS works with state and local officials through the BioWatch program to monitor for traces of dangerous pathogens in public places where large groups of people gather to ensure that we respond quickly when a potential threat is identified.


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