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Released: 26-Mar-2021 1:20 PM EDT
A Contagion of Institutional Distrust
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

The aftermath of the Jan. 6 attack on the United States Capitol has led to the emergence of a new broad, anti-government conspiracy theory spreading on social media that is dovetailing with anti-vaccination and anti-public health extremism, according to a new report by Rutgers’ Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience.

1-Mar-2021 1:50 PM EST
New Report Offers Detailed Analysis of Capitol Hill Siege
George Washington University

A report released today by the George Washington University Program on Extremism reveals new information about the 257 people charged in federal court for playing a role in the Jan. 6 attack on the United States Capitol.

Newswise: Updated Numbers: GW’s Program on Extremism Tracking Criminal Cases Linked to the Attack on Capitol Hill
Released: 4-Feb-2021 2:40 PM EST
Updated Numbers: GW’s Program on Extremism Tracking Criminal Cases Linked to the Attack on Capitol Hill
George Washington University

The George Washington University Program on Extremism has continued to update a project that is tracking individuals charged with crimes related to the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Released: 15-Jan-2021 5:30 PM EST
GW’s Program on Extremism Tracking Criminal Cases Linked to the Attack on Capitol Hill
George Washington University

The George Washington University Program on Extremism has launched a project that is tracking individuals charged with crimes related to the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Released: 8-Jan-2021 2:55 PM EST
FAQs Regarding the Police Response to the Storming of the U.S. Capitol from experts at Arizona State University
Arizona State University (ASU)

On Jan. 6, 2021, the U.S. Capitol was stormed in a manner not seen since the War of 1812. To many, the ease of the assault was shocking, highlighting differences in how law enforcement has approached other protests. Faculty from Arizona State University’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice are helping to answer some of the questions that Americans understandably have about the incident.

Released: 27-Oct-2020 2:40 PM EDT
S&T Launches New Initiative to Reduce Law Enforcement Driving Risks
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

S&T is engaging in a new initiative to assess and analyze the risks and problems associated with preventable law enforcement distracted driving incidents.

Released: 14-Oct-2020 12:45 PM EDT
Far-right groups expect to disrupt upcoming elections
University of Michigan

The recent alleged attempt by anti-government militias to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has put a spotlight on domestic terrorism in the United States.

Newswise: S&T, EPA are Helping Coast Guard Prepare to Clean Up Following an Anthrax Attack
Released: 30-Jul-2020 4:50 PM EDT
S&T, EPA are Helping Coast Guard Prepare to Clean Up Following an Anthrax Attack
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

S&T and EPA collaborate in a joint project to help the Coast Guard decontaminate assets after a bioterrorist attack.

Released: 30-Jul-2020 3:30 PM EDT
New Research Investigates the Impact of COVID-19 on Terrorism
University at Albany, State University of New York

UAlbany researchers, who specialize in terrorist ideology, explore both the challenges and opportunities that the COVID-19 crisis presents for terrorist organizations.

Released: 24-Jul-2020 12:05 PM EDT
Preparing State and Local Leaders for an Explosive Attack
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

S&T’s CSAC is developing a modeling tool called Homeland Explosive Consequence and Threat (HExCAT) that estimates the hazard and related human health consequences from thousands of plausible scenarios.

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Released: 8-Jun-2020 11:30 AM EDT
Flight tests show B61-12 compatible with F-15E Strike Eagle
Sandia National Laboratories

Flight tests designed to demonstrate the refurbished B61-12’s compatibility with the U.S. Air Force’s F-15E Strike Eagle jet fighter demonstrate the bomb’s compatibility with the jet.

Newswise: The Growing Impact of the Team Awareness Kit
Released: 5-May-2020 1:05 PM EDT
The Growing Impact of the Team Awareness Kit
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

The Team Awareness Kit (TAK) is the emerging DHS-wide solution for situational awareness. Its exceptional tactical value has been proven time and again.

Newswise: LLNL, Argon Electronics sign Cooperative Research Agreement to bolster realistic radiation training
Released: 5-Mar-2020 6:05 AM EST
LLNL, Argon Electronics sign Cooperative Research Agreement to bolster realistic radiation training
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

LLNL and Argon Electronics (UK) Ltd. have reached a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement that will facilitate the development of an ultra-realistic radiation simulator tool for first responders.

Released: 25-Feb-2020 8:25 AM EST
DHS Selects the University of Nebraska Omaha to Lead Center of Excellence for Terrorism Prevention and Counterterrorism Research
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

DHS S&T announced today the selection of the University of Nebraska Omaha to lead a consortium of U.S. academic institutions and other partners for a new COE for TPCR.

Newswise: Helping State and Local Canine Teams be REDDI for Anything
Released: 19-Feb-2020 2:05 PM EST
Helping State and Local Canine Teams be REDDI for Anything
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

S&T’s team of experts has traveled all over the nation to bring REDDI to state and local law enforcement agencies. REDDI is a two-day event that includes odor recognition trials and operationally relevant scenarios.

Newswise: Researchers Take Body Armor to the Next Level with High Energy Fibers
Released: 3-Feb-2020 8:30 AM EST
Researchers Take Body Armor to the Next Level with High Energy Fibers
Florida Atlantic University

Body armor for U.S. soldiers are heavy, cumbersome, and way above the desired aerial density, which limits their mobility and physical performance. FAU scientists expect to improve performance of military helmets and body armor using hybridized nanocomposite fibers. Like something out of the movie “Iron Man,” this new fiber will to lead to fast dissipation, greater energy absorption and ballistic performance. Bullet-proof armor performance is heavily dependent on the base material properties, which have changed little in recent years.

Newswise: Securing Radiological Sources on the Go
Released: 17-Jan-2020 12:55 PM EST
Securing Radiological Sources on the Go
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Radioactive materials are a critical tool in a number of industrial applications particularly oil and gas drilling and welding. While these sources are safe and well-regulated for their intended use; if lost or stolen the materials could be used by terrorists to make dirty bombs. The Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory developed and licensed a technology system to keep track of and secure radiological material on the road or at job sites.

Newswise: Conflicts to Watch in 2020
Released: 7-Jan-2020 5:50 PM EST
Conflicts to Watch in 2020
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

In CFR’s annual Preventive Priorities Survey, U.S. foreign policy experts assess the likelihood and impact of thirty potential conflicts that could emerge or escalate in the coming year.

Released: 19-Dec-2019 11:45 AM EST
Post-9/11 wars may have killed twice as many Americans at home as in battle: Analysis
Vanderbilt University

An analysis by a Vanderbilt economist who specializes in the valuation of fatality risks finds that the post-9/11 wars may have resulted in more than twice as many indirect deaths back home as were lost in battle, due to the diversion of war costs from the U.S. economy and the subsequent impact on the nation’s health.

18-Nov-2019 3:10 PM EST
Strategies to Lower Risk for Violent Crime and Gun Violence
Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

With violent crimes and gun violence rising annually and the number of gun deaths in the U.S. surpassing all other nations, researchers at the annual meeting of The Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) present a series of studies during its Study of Violent Crime and Gun Violence symposium which contributes several new frameworks that can be used toward improving laws, civilian strategies, legislation and police response, as well as the overall study of risk in society. The Symposium will occur on Monday, December 9 at 10:30 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.

Newswise: Amid Tensions, Trump-Erdogan Meeting Changes Little
Released: 18-Nov-2019 12:30 PM EST
Amid Tensions, Trump-Erdogan Meeting Changes Little
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Trump and Erdogan resolved few of the sharp U.S.-Turkish differences over defense and Middle East policy but the visit likely boosted Erdogan’s stature at home.

Newswise: U.S. Border Patrol Agents Leverage Emerging S&T Tech to Ensure the Security of Our Nation’s Borders
Released: 8-Nov-2019 12:55 PM EST
U.S. Border Patrol Agents Leverage Emerging S&T Tech to Ensure the Security of Our Nation’s Borders
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

DHS S&T recently collaborated with the USBP and FLETC to deliver a multi-part solution by implementing innovative tools and capabilities that enable USBP agents to leverage the knowledge, skills, and abilities of expert trackers (professionals trained to detect, track, follow and apprehend potential adversaries) and use emerging technologies to maximize their tracking performance.

Released: 5-Nov-2019 12:05 AM EST
Health Care, Mass Shootings, 2020 Presidential Election Causing Americans Significant Stress, New Stress in America™ Survey Finds
American Psychological Association (APA)

A year before the 2020 presidential election, Americans report various issues in the news as significant sources of stress, including health care, mass shootings and the upcoming election, according to this year’s Stress in America™ survey by the American Psychological Association (APA). More than half of U.S. adults (56%) identify the 2020 presidential election as a significant stressor, an increase from the 52% of adults who reported the presidential election as a significant source of stress when asked in the months leading up to the 2016 contest.

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Released: 29-Oct-2019 3:50 PM EDT
New study advocates a positive approach to school safety
Washington University in St. Louis

Policy responses to school shootings have not prevented them from happening more frequently, but restorative justice has the potential to avert bad behavior and school shootings, finds a new study from Washington University in St. Louis.The study, “Disparate Impacts: Balancing the Need for Safe Schools With Racial Equity in Discipline,” published in the journal Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, finds that crisis prevention policies enacted following school shootings tend to exacerbate racial and ethnic discipline disparities in several different ways.

Newswise: Snapshot: Preparing for the Consequences of a Chemical Attack
Released: 29-Oct-2019 2:30 PM EDT
Snapshot: Preparing for the Consequences of a Chemical Attack
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

DHS S&T has developed a suite of models at S&T’s Chemical Security Analysis Center (CSAC).

Newswise: New study identifies risk factors for head and neck cancer among 9/11 responders
Released: 23-Sep-2019 11:05 AM EDT
New study identifies risk factors for head and neck cancer among 9/11 responders
Rutgers School of Public Health

A recent Rutgers study identified factors that may put people who responded to the 9/11 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center (WTC) at increased risk for cancers of the head and neck, such as oral cavity, oropharyngeal, and laryngeal cancers.

Newswise: The Amazon and You
Released: 17-Sep-2019 9:00 AM EDT
The Amazon and You
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

What happens within a country can no longer be considered its concern alone in a global age? Article by Richard N. Haass. Originally published at Project Syndicate September 13, 2019.

Released: 11-Sep-2019 7:00 AM EDT
What’s Preventing the Next World War? Random Luck
Ohio State University

Contrary to popular belief, war is not declining, according to a new analysis of the last 200 years of international conflict. In fact, the belief that war is disappearing has lulled us into a false sense of security,

Released: 10-Sep-2019 7:05 PM EDT
Shocks to Social Capital: 30 Days After Terror Attack, Institutional Trust Falls to Pre-Incident Levels, Study Finds
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

A new study from researchers at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, found that the 2015 Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack led to a significant increase in social capital immediately following the incident. However, the boost in social capital reverts to pre-attack levels within 30 days.

Newswise: Government housing voucher program effectively reduces homeless veteran population, study shows
Released: 10-Sep-2019 1:05 PM EDT
Government housing voucher program effectively reduces homeless veteran population, study shows
University of Notre Dame

Research led by Notre Dame's William Evans confirms that for every HUD-VASH voucher distributed, one fewer veteran is living on the streets.

3-Sep-2019 3:40 PM EDT
9/11 World Trade Center Exposure Linked to Heart Disease Among NYC Firefighters
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

A study of New York City firefighters finds that exposure to 9/11 World Trade Center (WTC) dust is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Health System, and the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) report in JAMA Network Open that those who arrived first at the WTC site have a 44% increased risk of CVD compared to those who arrived later.


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