316th Civil Engineer Squadron EOD, DHS conduct interagency training

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. – The 316th Civil Engineer Squadron’s explosive ordnance disposal team trained alongside Department of Homeland Security personnel at Joint Base Andrews, Md., June 1, 2022. The interagency training allowed DHS to go over the effects of Read More …

DHS Announces $1.6 Billion in Preparedness Grants

WASHINGTON— Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas today announced $1.6 billion for eight Fiscal Year 2022 preparedness grant programs. Together, these programs provide critical funding to help state and local officials prepare for, prevent, protect against, and respond to Read More …

DHS OIG: The Office for Bombing Prevention Needs to Improve Its Management and Assessment of Capabilities to Counter Improvised Explosive Devices

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP) needs to improve its management of the Department of Homeland Security’s counter-improvised explosive devices (C-IED) efforts, as well as its assessment of national, regional, and state C-IED capabilities. Read More …

How TSA bomb-sniffing dogs are trained

The Transportation Security Administration – or TSA – employs more than 1,000 explosives detection canine teams at any given time. But before they’re deployed to one of the many mass-transit sites across the United States, they must graduate from the Read More …

DHS CWMD and Seattle Conduct a Biological Threat Preparedness Exercise

WASHINGTON – On January 25, 2022, the DHS Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office (CWMD), Seattle area emergency managers, public health officials, lab officials, and first responders conducted a virtual tabletop exercise of the BioWatch program. Participants discussed how they Read More …

DHS S&T Posts 17 R&D Needs in Annual Long Range Broad Agency Announcement

WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) posted the annual release of the Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA), an open invitation to the scientific and technical communities to propose novel ideas that address Read More …

Electric grid is ‘attractive target’ for domestic violent extremists in US, intel brief says

Domestic violent extremists will “likely continue” to plot and encourage physical attacks against electrical infrastructure in the United States, according to a recent Department of Homeland Security intelligence briefing obtained by CNN. Since at least 2020, domestic extremists have developed Read More …

Homeland Security inspectors show Golden Triangle businesses how to spot suspicious purchases for homemade bombs

Throughout the week, members of the Department of Homeland Security have been visiting businesses in Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Noxubee counties to spread awareness about improvised explosive devices. Operation Flashpoint is a joint effort between DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Read More …

CISA and FBI join forces to prevent bomb-making with Operation Flashpoint

WASHINGTON – The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have launched a 90-day pilot program called “Operation Flashpoint” across CISA’s southeastern region to build awareness in communities about how to prevent bomb attacks. Read More …