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Sailing Toward Port Resilience

by Yuri Graves -

A sturdy boat and a knowledgeable crew increase the odds for a safe voyage. To build a sailboat with a strong, sturdy foundation, the keel is laid and the hull is made to balance and support the entire boat while at sea. Similarly, community preparedness also needs a strong foundation on which to build.


Sharing Battlefield Information at Multiple Classification Levels via Mobile Handheld Devices

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Troops in remote regions around the world often struggle to operate with limited networks for data sharing and communication when U.S. troops need to share classified or otherwise secure data with each other and coalition partners. To overcome this challenge, DARPA announced its Secure Handhelds on Assured Resilient networks at the tactical Edge (SHARE) program.


Ghosts of Old Vulnerability

by Douglas K. McDaniel -

There are few conversations today capable of surfacing guttural emotional responses quite like a discussion related to bias and inequalities. The challenge is clear. From the most elementary perspective, if the existence of bias and/or inequalities is acknowledged, it is illogical to then ignore the possibility that adverse impacts are possible as well.


The Year of the Railway Station

by Steven Polunsky -

The year 2017 should be a great year for mobility and infrastructure in the United States. All signs are pointing to a robust economy, and policymakers are looking favorably on transportation projects – road, rail, air, public, private, and in between. In particular, the upcoming year will see a number of passenger rail projects moving forward.


Authoritarianism & the American Response: 2017 Forecast

by Christopher Milburn -

The threats facing the United States in 2017 largely stem from the challenge and response cycle set in motion by the global rise of authoritarianism and violent fascism. Authoritarian leaders frequently promise to restore national pride and return people to their lost golden age: a mythical world in which life was thought to be better for the particular group. Scapegoating quickly follows, and violence is rarely far behind.


Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Emergency Management

by Darren E. Price -

Responding to disasters is a critical function for first responders and the emergency management community. Rotary and fixed-winged aircraft have traditionally performed disaster response missions, such as overhead damage assessments, reconnaissance, and missing person searches. However, with the advancement of unmanned aircraft systems, there is an opportunity to perform conventional aerial missions in a safer, expeditious, and cost-effective manner.


Bombing an Ideology: No One-Size-Fits-All Approach

by Richard Schoeberl -

Stretching from Belgium to France, the United States to Iraq, the world has been blemished with terror attacks ranging from active shooter scenarios at entertainment venues, to plowing vehicles into crowded streets. Over the past decade, the United States has joined the global community of those exposed to the consequences and carnage associated with acts of terrorism.


Scientists Use Fluorescent Gels for Innovative Brain Research

Scientists at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory are studying the physiological effects of blast pressure on the brain in order to discover technology solutions to protect soldiers. The team is partnering with the Japanese Ministry of Defense.

Blockchain Technology Explored for Homeland Security

Blockchain technology represents an innovative leap forward that has many uses and applications across multiple sectors of the economy. Department of Homeland Security, the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is taking the lead with research and development projects in this area to determine viable uses for the technology, specifically under the Homeland Security Enterprise.

PulseNet Helps Washington Public Health Solve Largest Salmonella Outbreak in Recent History

In mid-2015, when reports of salmonella clusters emerged across multiple counties, public health workers knew they had a bigger problem. With the help of the nationwide laboratory network known as PulseNet, state and local public health investigators were able to connect the nearly two dozen salmonella clusters and trace the source.

BlackBerry and Giuliani Partners Join Forces to Combat Cyber Threats

BlackBerry Limited announced that BlackBerry Secure has been selected by Giuliani Partners as the underlying software platform to support the firm’s cybersecurity consulting services for government and enterprise customers.

Networks of the Sea Enter Next Stage

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Tactical Undersea Network Architecture (TUNA) program recently completed its initial phase, successfully developing concepts and technologies aimed at restoring connectivity for U.S. forces when traditional tactical networks are offline or otherwise unavailable. The program now enters the next phase, which calls for the demonstration of a prototype of the system at sea.