DARPA Wants Smart Suits to Protect Against Biological Attacks
December 2, 2019
A new program aims to usher in a modern military ensemble that can provide 100% survival against lethal exposure from multiple chemical and biological agents.
The Pentagon’s research arm—the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency—wants to accelerate the development of innovative textiles and smart materials to better and more comfortably protect humans from chemical and biological threats.
According to a recently published broad agency announcement, DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office launched the Personalized Protective Biosystem, or PPB program to rapidly produce wearable technology that prevents threatening agents from entering the body and cutting-edge barriers that can neutralize damaging agents when they come into contact with people’s skin, eyes and airways.
“The current [chemical and biological] threat environment consists of broadly acting, highly pathogenic, and sometimes immediately lethal threats that are capable of entering the body via multiple pathways, including skin, airway, ocular, and the gastrointestinal tract,” officials wrote in the announcement. “Despite substantial financial investments and advances in the CB Defense enterprise over many decades, current personal protective equipment solutions add logistical, mobility, and thermal challenges to the warfighter/stability operations care provider, which place their missions at risk.”
The program ultimately aims to boost protection against toxic threats of the present and future, while simultaneously eliminating bulky, cumbersome protective equipment that can limit military personnel as they combat unpredictable dangers. While protective products are generally thick and not-so-adaptable, the PPB program aims to modernize textile protection by taking “cues from natural systems capable of protecting against a diverse array of threats.”
For example, officials note that antifouling of a shark’s skin—which enables the fish to keep unwanted microorganisms from clinging to its surface—could offer unique protective applications for humans, as well. Similarly, bacterial communities in the human body that protect against fungal infections could also pose an approach to be mimicked.
“Molecular, nano, and other material solutions, when coupled with lessons from natural systems, will be integral for PPB technologies to protect against current and future CB threats,” DARPA notes.
Through its duration, insiders aim for the program to usher in a modern ensemble to be worn in both military and disaster relief operations that can provide 100% survival against lethal exposure from 11 separate chemical and biological agents, including nitrogen dioxide, malaria, influenza and others.
“The Personalized Protective Biosystem will provide on-demand, broad-spectrum protection that can evolve at the pace of emerging threats,” officials wrote.
Interested individuals will need to address two technical areas through their approaches: solutions that will prevent contact between the body and threat agents using protective, smart materials with low logistical burdens, as well as those that will effectively neutralize threats once they reach vulnerable tissue barriers. The agency notes that the new PPB ensemble will need to work for deployments lasting up to 30 days and the agency ultimately hopes solutions can be self-administered through handheld devices.
DARPA seeks to award multiple entities for the project and notes that the amount of resources made available will depend “on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of funds.” Those interested in participating are invited to attend the Proposers Day in Washington on Dec. 4 and submit a proposal abstract by Jan. 7.
Full proposals are due Feb. 20.
Trump Signs Bill to Further Protect Critical Infrastructure, Including Pandemic Delivery System & Cybersecurity
November 17, 2018
by Janet Phelan
It’s a sad day when protection equals assault, and when events such as the President signing H.R. 3359, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2017, is heralded as protecting the nation when in fact this legislation further protects a system which will devastate the nation.
It has been a long standing modus operandi of the United States to disguise its most dangerous projects as protection. Following the events of September 11, 2001 and the subsequent anthrax attacks, the US Congress rushed to pass a massive piece of legislation which ended up putting us in exquisite danger. Embedded in the USA Patriot Act was Section 817, the Expansion of the Biological Weapons Statute, which gave the US government immunity from violating its own biological weapons laws.
The trail begins there. Because what is considered critical infrastructure also entails a bio-chem delivery system, involving a double line water system which has the capacity to selectively deliver toxins to predesignated targets. Blueprints and other documents published here and here lay out the nature of this covert delivery system.
With the passage into law of Section 817, Congress affirmed the right of the US government to deploy biological weapons with immunity.
Now, with Trump signing into law the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act, we see a similar caveat which again guts our ability to contest this law. According to the CISA law, there is no private right of action.
What this means is that citizens or citizen groups have no right or ability to contest this law.
CISA reorganizes the Department of Homeland Security’s National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) into a new agency and prioritizes its mission as the federal lead for cybersecurity and infrastructure protection. It establishes the new agency, Critical Infrastructure and Cyber Security Agency, on the same level as FEMA or the Secret Service.
According to F-Secure advisor Sean Sullivan and reported here, “The unanimous passage in the House reflects the seriousness involved – it’s beyond partisan politics.”
Indeed, the weaponization of critical infrastructure in general and of water systems in particular has been promoted through both Republican and Democrat presidencies. It appears that the project to reconfigure the country’s water systems was launched by President Nixon around the same time that Tricky Dick announced that the US was unilaterally abandoning its offensive biological weapons program. Shortly thereafter, the international treaty known as the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) came into force.
The BWC is largely a paper tiger, without verification or enforcement capabilities. It was under the tutelage of former UN Ambassador John Bolton, now National Security Advisor to President Trump, that the US delegation at the United Nations boycotted the suggested verification protocol, presented to the BWC in May of 2001, just months before the anthrax attacks. Due to this verification boycott, which was affirmed later by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in her presentation to the BWC in 2011, there is at this juncture no possibility of international intervention with or oversight to any projects by the US government involving potentially dangerous biological weapons activities, including what is clearly a weaponized water delivery system.
It should be noted that Clinton refers to confidence measures in her presentation. In fact, the US’s engagement with the BWC mandates reporting any change in biological weapons activities, including changes in legislation, to the Convention at large. Did the US report the changes put into effect in Section 817 of the USA Patriot Act, changes which gave the US immunity from violating her own bioweapons laws? No, the US did not. According to BWC delegate Chris Park, the US simply “forgot” to report this radical and disturbing change.
The CISA legislation, by removing any right to private action, further circles the wagons around critical infrastructure and cements the US’s ability to covertly deploy through water, which is defined as critical infrastructure, any biological or chemical agent and claim not only immunity but also deny any legal right to protest this through the legal system. Given the covert nature of this delivery system, it is to be expected that the US would claim that the resultant mass deaths to be attributable to a naturally occurring pandemic.
Janet Phelan is an investigative journalist and author of the groundbreaking , EXILE. Her articles previously appeared in such mainstream venues as the Los Angeles Times, Orange Coast Magazine, Long Beach Press Telegram, etc. In 2004, Janet “jumped ship” and now exclusively writes for independent media. She is also the author of two collections of poetry—The Hitler Poems and Held Captive. She resides abroad. You can follow her on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100012703457651
Trump Signs CISA Bio Weapons Immunity Act
H.R.3359 – Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2018
Text of the bill: H.R.3359 – Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2018
DARPA: ‘Militarized Microbes’ To Spread GMO Bacteria
November 16, 2019
by Marc Slavo
The Pentagon’s DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) wants to be able to spread genetically modified bacteria as “explosives sensors.” The United States government could very well be looking into ways to militarize microbes.
The Pentagon has teamed up with Raytheon for this project, which seems like it should come straight out of a dystopian science fiction story. The government wants to develop a system capable of delivering genetically modified bacteria underground, according to a report by RT.
Initiated by DARPA, the same agency that led programs to create telekinetic super soldiers and weaponized robotic insects, the project seeks to “program two bacterial strains to monitor ground surfaces for explosive materials,” defense contractor Raytheon said in a joint press release with the Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
So the genetically modified bacteria are for your own good!
The first of the two strains, known as a “bio-sensor,” will “detect the presence or absence of explosives buried underground,” while the second will produce a “glowing light” in the event such materials are found. Remotely operated cameras or drones would then be sent to survey the area to find the glowing germs, and ultimately the buried explosives. –RT
“We already know that some bacteria can be programmed to be very good at detecting explosives, but it’s harder underground,” said Raytheon researcher Allison Taggart. “We’re investigating how to transport the reporting bacteria to the required depth underground.”
Though the Pentagon claims it only plans to use the system for “defensive” purposes only, some may find the idea of militarized microbes off-putting while conjuring apocalyptic scenarios of a runaway genetically engineered superbug.
DARPA has undertaken some projects that should raise the alarm in many. However, it almost seems as though we’ve reached a point where the masses don’t care what’s being done to them, in their name, and with the money stolen from them. And these are just a few of the things we know DARPA is working on.