NBIC collaborates with and serves as a bridge between federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) partners to integrate information from sources related to biological threats to improve early warning and situational awareness.
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE)
The National Biosurveillance Integration Center (NBIC) is located within Department of Homeland Security Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office (CWMD) as a unique national resource.
It is critical to provide first responders with tools, knowledge, and training to understand the effects of a nuclear detonation and the response strategies that will allow them to save lives, stabilize infrastructure, minimize exposure to radiation, and provide for basic human needs. DHS S&T(NUSTL, in partnership with DOE LLNL, is developing science-based visualizations that will depict nuclear detonation effects in a computer-generated but realistic city to help first responders understand the size, scale, and expected impacts of a nuclear explosion.
Fact Sheet: Biden Administration’s National Security Memorandum to Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism and Advance Nuclear and Radioactive Material Security
President Biden signed National Security Memorandum (NSM) 19 to Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Terrorism and Advance Nuclear and Radioactive Material Security worldwide
On Apr 18, 2022, the DHS Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office (CWMD) assisted state and local law enforcement with protecting Boston Marathon participants and observers.
DHS CWMD Convenes BioWatch Advisory Committee Senior Leadership Meeting with State and Local Leaders
On April 5, the DHS Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office (CWMD) hosted a meeting with over 80 senior state and local officials who support the BioWatch program in their respective jurisdictions. This meeting provided partners an update on the future of biodetection and a forum for participants to share best practices and exchange ideas across the BioWatch jurisdictions. On April 5, the DHS Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office (CWMD) hosted a meeting with over 80 senior state and local officials who support the BioWatch program in their respective jurisdictions. This meeting provided partners an update on the future of biodetection and a forum for participants to share best practices and exchange ideas across the BioWatch jurisdictions.
This document articulates S&T’s vision and goals supporting customer missions to assess, prevent, detect, prepare for, respond to, and recover from incidents involving CBRN threats and hazards. The vision and goals of this strategy were developed to support national strategy documents and Presidential Directives and define S&T’s role in defending the nation against CBRN threats.
To help assure data quality in the aftermath of a radiological or nuclear incident, S&T’s NUSTL in conjunction with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is developing a set of manuals, quick reference guides, spreadsheets, checklists, and other tools and technical guidance.
S&T’s NUSTL, in conjunction with DOE National Nuclear Security Administration and several DOE national laboratories, is developing a set of processes and procedures that will make it easier to plan and perform wide-area background radiation surveys.
Following a radiological incident – such as a radiological dispersal device (RDD) detonation – community leaders would face many challenges, from determining the boundaries of potential radioactive contamination spread to restoring public access to those areas.