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DHS Exploring New Methods to Replace BioWatch and Could Benefit from Additional Guidance

  • Author(s):
  • Karen L. Howard
  • Chris P. Currie

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is following the agency’s acquisition policy and guidance to acquire Biological Detection for the 21st Century (BD21). This system-of-systems concept—an assembly of technologies to gain higher functionality—is intended to combine various technologies, such as biological sensors, data analytics, anomaly detection tools, collectors, and field screening devices to enable timelier and more efficient detection of an aerosolized attack involving a biological agent than the current biodetection system. The BD21 program is early in the acquisition lifecycle and DHS has not yet selected the technologies to be used. Potential technologies are still being analyzed to demonstrate that certain components of the overall concept are feasible, such as an anomaly detection algorithm.

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Publisher:Government Accountability Office (GAO)
Published:May 1, 2021
License:Public Domain

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