• “Volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous” – How agencies handle CBRNE threats

    There’s an acronym used by federal leaders in the business of preventing or responding to Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive attacks: VUCA. It stands for “volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous,” it describes the CBRNE operational environment, and they agree that it’s only getting more apt.

  • How is the National Park Service using science and technology to serve the public?

    Dr. Allison Druin, Special Advisor for National Digital Strategy at the National Park Service (NPS), joined Federal News Radio’s In Focus to share how the agency is using science and technology to enhance the public’s experience. The NPS was founded a century ago and now totals 413 parks. Dr. Druin discussed some of the challenges in how the NPS works to preserve this remarkable heritage as well as looking to the future. For her, one key is to understand the visitor experience and what will matter to the public. To this end, the NPS has looked at many tools, including mobile, cloud, wearables, and other approaches that will give the typical visitor a better understanding of that particular park. In a perfect world, the NPS will make the visit more meaningful both today and in the future.

  • Jason Black, Research Leader, Battelle

    By some estimates, taking out just nine critical electrical substations could plunge the whole nation into darkness. Threats to the electrical grid aren’t just from cybersecurity, but also from a lack of physical security. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission asked the Battelle Memorial Institute to look into security of the bulk electricity system. Jason Black is the research leader at Battelle. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to talk about his findings.