Two U.S. small businesses were awarded a total of $1.96 million in funding through the DHS SBIR Program to develop tools that will support dynamic network modeling for risk management to emergency communication networks.
To help mitigate the interruption of lifeline supply chains, researchers at a Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate Center of Excellence, the Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI), are developing new ways of identifying and understanding how and where supply chains are vulnerable to disruptions. As part of this work, research teams are also finding methods to document and assess the components of food supply chains – something that could also help meet goals of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
FPDI has developed an early prototype software tool for supply chain mapping, vulnerability assessments and analysis called Criticality Spatial Analysis (CRISTAL). Through CRISTAL, FPDI aims to develop a new capability to: (1) define and document food critical infrastructure, and (2) assess risk in the global food supply chain.
The Center of Excellence for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Center of Excellence, is developing the Port Security Risk and Resource Management System (PortSec), a decision-support system used to assess tactical and strategic risks to port operations and reduce risk from terrorist attacks.
START advances science-based knowledge about the causes and consequences of terrorism, and the effectiveness and consequences of responses to terrorism.
FPDI defends the safety and security of the food system by conducting research to protect against vulnerabilities in the food supply chain, from farm to table, and to reduce the potential catastrophic attacks on public health and the economy.
CREATE’s mission is to improve the Nation’s security through the development of advanced models and tools for the evaluation of the risks, costs, and consequences of terrorism and to guide economically viable investments in homeland security.
A new method is helping communities clear a difficult disaster planning hurdle: integrating all the plans they have – such as those for transportation, parks, economic development, hazard mitigation, emergency management and comprehensive land use – so that the plans work together to reduce vulnerabilities to hazards.
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator Peter Neffenger addresses TSA’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget request.
Through the Modeling and Simulation Technology Center (MS-TC), the most up to date modeling and simulation (M&S) know-how will be made available to S&T programs. A key focus of MS-TC will be to ensure that best practices in M&S are implemented across S&T programs.