Tech firms respond to Homeland Security appeal.
The Homeland Security Department There were gaps in the U.S. system for detecting and deterring terrorist acts in the homeland. That became clear September 11, 2001. The Department of Homeland Security is the george w. bush administration's plug for those gaps. is evaluating more than 3,300 proposals received from its first broad agency announcement issued in May, said Charles McQueary, DHS DHS Department of Homeland Security (USA)
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DHS Dirhams (Morocco national currency) undersecretary for science and technology.
The announcement was a shopping list for new technologies.
Speaking at an Aug. 6 conference in Charleston, SC, McQueary said, " I lead a team that is tasked with discovering new innovations, identifying existing ones and ensuring that they get to the people who protect us from terrorism."
He outlined the division's goals for the next year:
* "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
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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 governments 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; and,
* "Anticipate emerging threats and protect critical infrastructure through science."
More than $500 million is budgeted for the department's science and technology programs in the current fiscal year. President Bush has proposed an increase to just over $800 million in 2004.
Describing the S&T division's work, McQueary said, "We will serve as a vigorous internal research engine in which we will work closely with scientists and engineers, national laboratories, sister agencies and health organizations on technological innovations.
"We will also focus on engaging the industrial base of our nation to apply these innovations to real-world problems. To that end we have 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, which helped create the Internet. HSARPA will help jumpstart and steer homeland security R&D toward high priority needs, 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. ."