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Borders and Maritime Security

Borders and Maritime Security


The Borders and Maritime Security Division's (BMD) mission is to enhance U.S. air, land and maritime border security while maximizing the flow of legitimate trade and travel. BMD aims to achieve its mission by transitioning scientific and technical knowledge and solutions to operational use. The strategy involves three distinct activities:

  • Understanding the technical dimensions of homeland security challenges
  • Working collaboratively across the Homeland Security Enterprise
  • Applying rigorous process and methodology


  • Provide technical solutions for DHS components to stop dangerous people and things from entering the country.
  • Enable the protection of the public, the environment and U.S. economic and security interests.

Borders consist of all air, land and maritime boundaries, including U.S. ports of entry, vast stretches of remote terrain and inland waterways. BMD works closely with its operational partners to understand what technologies they need to achieve their missions and to find technical solutions to fill gaps in existing capabilities.


Anh N. Duong is the director for BMD.


BMD consists of scientific and technical professionals responsible for funding, directing and managing the research, development, prototyping, test and evaluation of technical solutions for border, maritime and cargo security. The division's primary customers—its end users—are the operational components within DHS, such as U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Coast Guard, as well as the nation’s first responders. BMD’s partners and performers include academia, national laboratories, private industry and other members of the Homeland Security Enterprise.


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Last Published Date: June 4, 2015
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