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S&T ALERT

ALERT conducts transformational research, technology, and educational development to characterize, detect, mitigate, and respond to explosives-related threats facing the country and the world.

Snapshot: S&T and NIST Projects in Support of NYPD Explosive Trace Detection

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) recently took part in a demonstration of the NYPD’s FIDO X-3 Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) system, under the sponsorship of the Secondary Screening Program led by S&T Program Manager Dr. Laura Parker. This event showcased work S&T funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to optimize NYPD trace detection processes in these areas.

S&T K9-TACT Fact Sheet

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology  Directorate’s Explosives Detection Canine Program is providing a service to measure the vapor composition of explosives detection training aids, using a capability called Canine Training Aid Contamination Testing.

Checked Baggage Screening – Preventing New Threats

The use of homemade explosives is a challenge for aviation security. To meet this challenge, the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) Checked Baggage Screening Program works with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), academia and industry, to keep improving the technology that can detect explosives and other threats in bags, even when surrounded by common items like clothing, electronics or food.

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Explosives Attack

Criminals and terrorists frequently use explosives to damage property, destroy critical infrastructure, intimidate victims, and attack unsuspecting civilians.

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Explosives Detection and Aviation Screening

Being at the forefront of explosive detection and mitigation research and development helps us create new approaches to help protect American citizens and infrastructure.

Snapshot: Security at the Speed of Life

DHS S&T is developing a millimeter wave imager that will screen for potential threat items unobtrusively as people pass by, without slowing them down.  

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