DHS S&T seeks chemical, biological defense tech

On February 3, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) released a Request for Information (RFI) encouraging chemical and biological defense companies to bring their innovative technologies for test and evaluation in the Chemical and Biological Advanced Capability Testbed (CBT) in the New York City subway system. The deadline for submitting applications to the RFI is 5:00 p.m. Eastern on February 24.

“One of our core missions at DHS S&T is to prevent terrorism and enhance security,” said Dr. Don Bansleben, S&T CBT program manager. “A crucial goal is to rapidly identify and respond to an event involving chemical and biological weapons and minimize the impact to the public and critical infrastructure. We’ve established this testbed so that technology developers can test and evaluate their technologies in real-world settings and urban transportation environments.”

Qualifying applicants will be invited to participate in the Chemical and Bio-defense Testbed in the NYC subway system, which tests and evaluates cost-effective technologies to detect chemical and biological threats inside an actual subway environment, as well as mitigation strategies if threats are discovered. All applicants will be notified no later than March 9, 2022, if they’ve been chosen to participate.

The project team will start integrating the selected technology this spring. This project is a collaboration between S&T, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories and Argonne National Laboratory.

Review the DHS chemical and biological defense tech RFI.

Source: DHS

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