Weapons-detecting X-ray scanners that were removed from U.S. airports two years ago due to privacy concerns met federal safety limits for radiation exposure, accoridng to a new scientific report funded by the Homeland Security Department.
More than 250 Americans are going overseas to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and other terrorist groups and the United States has largely failed to stop most of them, in part, because it lacks a national strategy, the House Homeland Security Committee said in the new bipartisan report.
The Science and Technology Directorate said that its integrating the detection technology into existing, commercially available midsize robots widely used by civilian bomb squads, by mounting the X-ray generator onto a robotic arm's sensor-tool bracket.
With $40 million, the National Science Foundation is building a network of state-of-the-art experimental research facilities to better understand the impacts from earthquake, wind and water hazards and bolster community resilience.
About 80 percent of the state's precipitation occurs during winter months and the snowpack level is typically measured on April 1 every year when it's at its peak, which is used to predict the amount of runoff during the summer.
While Customs and Border Protection deployed an analyst intelligence platform on time and within budget, the Homeland Security Department's watchdog found security problems that could expose the system to "unnecessary risk."
The boat, which is typically ported in Seattle, carried 145 people to the Arctic for a National Science Foundation-funded expedition in support of GEOTRACES, an international project that seeks to better understand the world's oceans.
FEMA's Logistics Capability Assessment Tool, which helps state, tribal and local governments better assess their logistical strengths and weaknesses in response to disasters, could be standardized and more effectively implemented.
The goals of the grants include improving capabilities to forecast hazards, lessening their impacts and boosting response and recovery efforts. The agency also wants to gain a better understanding of the processes related to natural hazards, among other areas.
One of the researchers, Prof. Yair Neuman, a member of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev's Homeland Security Institute, said that both forensic psychiatry and law enforcement agencies have difficulty identifying potential school shooters since there's no agreed-upon clinical diagnosis nor screening.