DHS office to focus on science and technology.Since its inception in March, the Department of Homeland Security Noun 1. Department of Homeland Security - the federal department that administers all matters relating to homeland security
executive department - a federal department in the executive branch of the government of the United States has provided nearly $4 billion in funding and has run about 400 emergency action plan evaluation exercises for states and communities, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. Charles McQueary, the undersecretary for science and technology.
The science and technology department of DHS DHS Department of Homeland Security (USA)
DHS Department of Human Services
DHS Department of Health Services
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DHS Dirhams (Morocco national currency) has received almost $500 million this year, while the president's budget for 2004 requested another $800 million, he said. This funding will accomplish several goals:
* Establish a clearinghouse with the Technical Support Working Group to rapidly prototype homeland security Noun 1. Homeland Security - the federal department that administers all matters relating to homeland security
Department of Homeland Security
executive department - a federal department in the executive branch of the government of the United States technologies.
* Accelerate the deployment of biological, chemical and radiological tools and technologies.
* Work with federal, state, and local goverments and organizations to develop standards for first responder first responder First response personnel Emergency medicine A person employed in the public sector–EMT, fire fighter, police, volunteer EMS–whose duties include provision of immediate medical care in the event of an emergency; FRs have basic emergency technologies.
* Anticipate emerging threats and protect critical infrastructure through science and engineering.
DHS recently created the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA HSARPA Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency ), a cousin to the Defense Department's DARPA DARPA: see Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
(Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) The name given to the U.S. Advanced Research Projects Agency during the 1980s. It was later renamed back to ARPA. agency, he explained. David Bolka has been the agency's director since September.
"HSARPA will help jumpstart and steer homeland security R&D toward the Department's high priority needs, areas such as port security and critical infrastructure protection Department of Defense (DOD) program to identify and protect assets critical to the Defense Transportation System. Loss of a critical asset would result in failure to support the mission of a combatant commander. ," said McQueary.
At press time, HSARPA had just issued its first research solicitations, for biological and chemical detection systems.
"Our goal for this first solicitation is to develop and transition to the field the next generation of biological and chemical detectors," said McQueary. "These detectors will significantly advance the capabilities of our first responders and federal programs to counter terrorism."
The biological countermeasure area is seeking ideas for Bioagent Autonomous Network Detectors to monitor outdoor urban and marine/shipboard areas for presence of bacteria, viruses or toxins.
In addition, bids will be requested for Rapid Automated Biological Identification Systems, which will monitor buildings, such as shopping malls, stadiums and large ships.
The chemical countermeasures area will seek concepts for an Autonomous Rapid Facility Chemical Agent Monitor that can monitor facilities for the presence of both toxic industrial chemicals and chemical warfare agents. The solicitation also requests ideas for the development of a Lightweight Autonomous Chemical Identification System, a hand-held device for first responders.
The third project in the chemical arena is the Portable High throughput Integrated Laboratory Identification System (PHILIS) which will be capable of analyzing thousands of samples to help identify areas that may be contaminated contaminated,
v 1. made radioactive by the addition of small quantities of radioactive material.
2. made contaminated by adding infective or radiographic materials.
3. an infective surface or object. by dangerous chemicals. PHILIS will be designed to be self-contained and easy to transport to suspected contamination sites.