Category: Homeland Security News

Coastal ChallengesHow Marsh Grass Protects Shorelines By David L. Chandler Published 18 October 2021 As climate change brings greater threats to coastal ecosystems, new research can help planners leverage the wave-damping benefits of marsh plants. Marsh plants, which are ubiquitous along the world’s shorelines, can play a major role in mitigating the damage to coastlines as

SurveillanceSurveillance Equipment: Scrutiny Necessary for the Police, Manufacturers Published 15 October 2021 Facial recognition, body cameras and other digital technologies are increasingly used by police departments, municipalities and even gated communities, but these tools, manufactured by private companies, raise the specter of unchecked surveillance. Facial recognition, body cameras and other digital technologies are increasingly used by

PandemicFEMA’s Initial Response to COVID-19 Published 15 October 2021 During the first months of FEMA’s response to the spreading COVID-19 pandemic, the United States faced a debilitating shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare personnel and ventilators for seriously ill patients in hospitals. DHS IG examined the effectiveness of FEMA’s response. During the first months

Nuclear DetectionQuick Detection of Uranium Isotopes Helps Safeguard Nuclear Materials Published 15 October 2021 Researchers have developed a rapid way to measure isotopic ratios of uranium and plutonium collected on environmental swipes, which could help International Atomic Energy Agency analysts detect the presence of undeclared nuclear activities or material. Analytical chemists at the Department of Energy’s Oak