NIHS News

Dr. Robl Continues to Reach Milestones

Date:  November 22, 2010

Dr. Thomas Robl with the University of Kentucky is developing a rapidly deployable system to stabilize blast damaged structures to avoid catastrophic failure. The system is composed of a delivery vehicle capable of shotcreting or grouting prepackaged fiber reinforced cements mortars and micro-aggregated concretes that are strong and rapid setting. The system will be easy to operate and robust. The shotcretes and grouts will be made from a single bag mix and water and will be simple to formulate.

Pandemic Preparedness Project featured at the APHA Conference

Date:  November 19, 2010

The National Institute for Hometown Security exhibited its booth display at the APHA Conference and Expo on November 6-10, 2010 at the Denver Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.

ANFO (Phase III) Project has been Awarded

Date:  November 16, 2010

On November 9, 2010, Dr.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Scholarship Program Announced

Date:  November 12, 2010

Announcing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Scholarship Program 

The Challenge

The task of assuring the security of our homeland involves protecting the citizens of the United States, the nation's critical infrastructure and key assets. This is necessary to sustain the nation's vitality against terrorism and other threats. This protection must originate at the community level. It requires discovering, developing and deploying new technology that will support first responders and key decision makers in local communities.

The Mission

NIHS' mission is to discover, develop and deploy solutions that protect and preserve the critical infrastructure of the nation's communities.

The Institute

NIHS aligns projects and research objectives with the needs and requirements of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The strategy is to manage a distributed research enterprise that effectively transitions research and development into solutions. NIHS works with DHS to determine technology needs at the community level. Then, teams are quickly assembled from multiple universities to develop solutions to the needs.

The Strategy

Through management of the Kentucky Critical Infrastructure Protections Program (KCI), the National Institute for Hometown Security (NIHS) provides an ongoing, integrated program dedicated to developing new technologies and devices. NIHS works through qualified academic institutions to accomplish the technological objectives.