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DHS Hosts Electronic Jamming Exercise for First Responders

The Department of Homeland Security has hosted a weeklong event for public safety and private organizations to test multiple strategies and technologies designed to identify, locate and address illegal communication systems jamming.

DHS said Tuesday nearly 300 participants from across the U.S. took part during the 2017 First Responder Electronic Jamming Exercise that was held from July 16 to 22 at the Energy Department‘s Idaho National Laboratory.

Representatives from the Customs and Border Protection agency, the Marine Corps Warfighter Laboratory and the Federal Emergency Management Agency also participated in the event.

“Americans rely on first responders, and responders rely on their ability to communicate,” said William Bryan, acting undersecretary for science and technology.

“Mitigating the potential impacts of jamming is vital to ensure the security of American communities,” Bryan added.

DHS S&T and JamX 17 participants will collaborate to analyze data from the exercise as well as offer recommendations and operational tools to public safety and law enforcement personnel.

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