Accession Number:

ADA459267

Title:

Science and Technology: A Foundation for Homeland Security

Descriptive Note:

Executive office rept.

Corporate Author:

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2005-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

29.0

Abstract:

The United States has made significant strides to protect the homeland since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Since those tragic events, the Federal Government has responded in numerous ways to protect against future attacks. Science and technology ST have played a vital part in the progress made to date, and will continue to inform and enhance the countrys homeland security efforts. Science and Technology A Foundation for Homeland Security details the numerous accomplishments of ST that have helped to secure the homeland. This report builds upon the National Strategy for Homeland Security, released by the President on July 16, 2002, which set forth a sound framework to reduce Americas vulnerability and to respond with improved agility and effectiveness to future terrorist attacks. Since that time, much has been accomplished, and still more has been initiated. Some key accomplishments highlighted in this document are as follows 1 Bolstering border security through the development and deployment of nuclear detection equipment along the U.S. border, airports, and seaports to detect, deter, and ultimately prevent the trafficking of nuclear and radioactive materials 2 Providing an early warning system for bio-threats through Project BioWatch, a cooperative effort among the Department of Homeland Security, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Laboratory Response Network and 3 Speeding development and procurement of new medical countermeasures against current and future chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear terrorist threats through Project BioShield, an initiative signed into law by the President in July 2004. Although by no means exhaustive, the efforts described in this report typify the progress that has been made in the key research areas designated as priority goals by the George W. Bush Administration in the National Strategy.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Civil Defense
  • Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE