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Snapshot: DHS Accelerates Data Solutions to Uncover Biothreats

Biothreats — harmful pathogens that are either naturally or deliberately released — pose a risk to national security and public health, and identifying new detection methods is a top priority for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T).

UAS Fact Sheets

These are printer-friendly fact sheets on the challenges that unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)—also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or drones—can present to critical infrastructure and several courses of action that law enforcement and critical infrastructure owners and operators may want to take.

UAS - Critical Infrastructure

In addition to recreational use, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)—also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or drones—are used across our Nation to support firefighting and search and rescue operations, to monitor and assess critical infrastructure, to provide disaster relief by transporting emergency medical supplies to remote locations, and to aid efforts to secure our borders. However, UAS can also be used for malicious schemes by terrorists, criminal organizations (including transnational organizations), and lone actors with specific objectives.

Threat Awareness

Threat Awareness identifies, assesses and prioritizes chemical and biological risks and threats to enable planning, response, countermeasures and remediation. Significant contributions in the field include robust laboratory studies to characterize biological agents and evaluate mitigation procedures to their release ; “first of its kind” field testing to characterize behavior of large scale releases of toxic industrial chemicals; real-time decision support tools for planning and response and a comprehensive knowledge repository of threat information and 24/7 subject matter expert reachback support.

Standoff Detection

Developing technologies that could rapidly screen vehicles at a distance and people away from an airport-style checkpoint.

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