Science and Technology

Ten Things: Preparing for When ‘Bad Things’ Happen

In a recent post, legal expert Sterling Miller writes about the critical role SAFETY Act plays in effective emergency preparedness and liability coverage and notes Security Debrief contributor David Olive’s expertise on the subject.

Biodefense Blue Ribbon Panel Report Sends Strong Messages – Is Anyone Listening?

The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense recently released its report following a year-long study of how America can and should address biological threats. It deserves serious attention by policy makers, health practitioners and political pundits. Why? Because the threat and impact of a biological “event” is not receiving sufficient attention.

Is It Possible To Have A Congressional Hearing “Do-Over?”

This week, the House Homeland Security Committee Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies held a hearing: “Examining DHS Science and Technology Directorate’s Engagement with Academia and Industry.” The committee members all but ignored what is actually going on in DHS S&T, and their myopia was encouraged by three witnesses who appeared to be accomplices to the debacle rather than advisors on how to understand the problems and fix them. How can you have a hearing about “engagement with academia” and not one time mention the S&T Directorate’s Office of University Programs?

Uncle Sam Wants Tech Talent…and So Does Everyone Else

The infamous Tommy-gun toting John Dillinger was once asked why he robbed banks. He responded, “Because that’s where the money is.” That simple logic is similar to the thinking of government leaders, like DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, who are looking to California as a vault holding a priceless commodity—a high-tech workforce.

Obama Taps Emanuel for TSA! NSA Monitors S&T! SJL Releases New Book! Really?!?

In Security Debrief’s sixth annual April Fools coverage, we’ve collected stories the rest of the media somehow missed…

Take it Easy on S&T – Cancelled Biodetection Program Isn’t a Big Deal

A recent DHS Inspector General report found that the Science and Technology Directorate mismanaged a biodetection project, effectively wasting $23 million. The IG’s findings should be taken with a dose of understanding. Here are three reasons why we should cut S&T some slack.

S&T Under Secretary Dr. Reginald Brothers – A Four-Month Progress Report

If being a “good listener” is a trait of being a good leader, then Dr. Reginald Brothers, the relatively new DHS Under Secretary for Science and Technology, is well on his way to being the type of leader that DHS S&T needs. Now that he has been in his position for several months, there are no longer any outside restrictions on structural or personnel changes he can make, should he choose to do so. But will he?

S&T is Dreaming Big – and We Need Your Help

In DHS Science and Technology’s continuing tradition of public outreach and media engagement, S&T Under Secretary Reggie Brothers has shared a note inviting the homeland security community to weigh in on future threats, challenges and needs. Check out the links to help S&T plan for the future.

Moon Landing – An Anniversary to Honor and Inspire

By Sharla P. Rausch
The space program that put a man on the moon in a few short years also propelled us decades forward in technology development. Space science and technology has resulted in more than 1,500 innovations, showing what can happen when imaginations, fueled by science, are allowed to soar.

New S&T Under Sec Says Hello by Video

The DHS Science and Technology Directorate has a new leader, Dr. Reginald Brothers. By way of introducing himself to S&T, the new Under Secretary recorded a video discussing who he is, his priorities for S&T, and his excitement for the work ahead.