DHS seeks revolutionary bioterror technologies

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a long-range broad agency announcement seeking revolutionary technologies to improve homeland security missions and operations.

The broad agency announcement seeks, among other things, to develop and demonstrate homeland security technology for a chemical and biological division.

The announcement is to remain open for one year, closing on Dec. 31, 2010, with proposals and white papers accepted at any time during that periods. Selected admission will then need to show prototype technologies in the field.

The chemical and biological division component of the broad agency announcement involves technologies that can be used to characterize and rank chemical and biological weapons as well as those for surveillance, early attack warning, decontamination and defense of agriculture and food supplies.

Other areas of interested for the U.S. Department of Homeland Securities as part of the announcement include improved biological and chemical analysis, instruments to detect chemical and biological threats in aerosol sprays and liquids, and bioforensics for criminal investigations.

The announcement also seeks sharing of chemical and biological threat sensor data among state, local and federal authorities as well as countermeasures for foreign animal disease pathogens affecting food animals.

The announcement also contains a section on human factors and behavioral sciences, which aims to improve detection and understanding of threatening individuals, groups and radical movements to prepare for, respond to and recover from catastrophic events such as a biological attack.