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DHS Marks 10th Anniversary for Center of Excellence

Posted by Deputy Under Secretary for Science and Technology Daniel Gerstein

Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) marks the tenth anniversary of its first university-based Center of Excellence, the National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), led by the University of Southern California. Today’s anniversary event held at the University of Southern California highlighted the use of science and technology to enhance the safety and security of our nation, the Center of Excellence Program, and the last decade of technology and innovation from CREATE.

The Department depends on the Centers of Excellence for innovative solutions to homeland security challenges, and our centers have become essential for the Department’s overall Research & Development goals.  As technology is developed, CREATE and other Centers of Excellence leverage their existing relationships with the DHS component agencies, as well as other state, local, and international partners to address homeland security challenges and further transition their work to an operational environment.

Centers of Excellence also play an essential role in molding and encouraging the scientific workforce of the future.  Today’s students will become the next generation of homeland security leaders, taking positions within DHS components, national laboratories, and other agencies with similar security missions. 

As CREATE marks one decade of research through our Centers of Excellence program, we recognize the commitment of these centers to both the economic and physical security of the nation.  Ongoing research at CREATE will include analyzing current and future catastrophic risks from emerging threat technologies, designing layered defenses against terrorism with risk analysis, and economy-wide modeling for the analysis of disruptive events—establishing CREATE as a leading research facility to provide the tools and information to support counterterrorism efforts.

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