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Weapons of Mass Destruction

Weapons of Mass Destruction

  • Chemical Attack Fact Sheet

    A chemical attack is the spreading of toxic chemicals with the intent to do harm. A wide variety of chemicals could be made, stolen, or otherwise acquired for use in an attack. Industrial chemical plants or the vehicles used to transport chemicals could also be sabotaged.

  • Biological Attack Fact Sheet

    A biological attack is the intentional release of a pathogen (disease causing agent) or biotoxin (poisonous substance produced by a living organism) against humans, plants, or animals. An attack against people could be used to cause illness, death, fear, societal disruption, and economic damage. An attack on agricultural plants and animals would primarily cause economic damage, loss of confidence in the food supply, and possible loss of life.

  • IED/Active Shooter Guidance for First Responders

    The First Responder Guidance for Improving Survivability in Improvised Explosive Device and/or Active Shooter Incidents translates evidence-based response strategies from the U.S. military’s vast experience in responding to and managing casualties from IED and/or active shooter incidents into the civilian first responder environment. This guidance also incorporates civilian best practices and lessons learned from similar incidents, both in the United States and abroad.

  • DHS-ICE-PIA-040 FALCON-Roadrunner

    The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) has deployed a new information system called FALCON-Roadrunner, which is a module of the larger HSI FALCON environment.  This system generates investigative leads and conducts trend analysis to identify illicit procurement networks, terrorist groups, and hostile nations attempting to illegally obtain U.S. military products; sensitive dual-use technology; weapons of mass destruction (WMD); or chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear materials. FALCON-Roadrunner gives HSI investigators and analysts the ability to perform research, and generate leads for investigations of export violations within the jurisdiction of HSI.  FALCON-Roadrunner analyzes trade, law enforcement, financial, and screening data across large, disparate datasets to identify statistically anomalous trade transactions that may warrant investigation of export violations. This Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) was necessary because FALCON-Roadrunner accesses and stores Personally Identifiable Information (PII) retrieved from data systems owned by DHS and other government agencies, as well as commercially and publicly available data. 

  • Final PEA for Low Energy X-Ray Inspection Systems at CBP Operational Areas

    In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection prepared this Final Programmatic Environmental Assessment to address the potential effects of establishing Low Energy X-Ray Inspection Systems at various U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) operational areas throughout the United States. The purpose of the Proposed Action is to non-intrusively inspect vehicles at CBP operational areas for the presence of contraband, including weapons of mass destruction, explosives, and illicit drugs.