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Science and Technology Directorate Borders and Maritime Security Division

Mission

The Borders and Maritime Security Division's mission is to enhance U.S. air, land, and maritime border security through the transition of scientific and technical knowledge and solutions to operational use, while maximizing the flow of commerce and travel. Our 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

Objectives

  • Provide technical solutions to DHS operating components in order to stop dangerous things and dangerous people 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.  The Division works closely with its operational partners (described below) to understand what technology they need to achieve their missions and to find technical solutions to fill those gaps in their existing capabilities.

Leadership

Mrs. Anh N. Duong is the Director for the Borders and Maritime Security Division within the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate.

Organization

The Borders and Maritime Security Division 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 operating components within the Department of Homeland Security such as Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the nation’s First Responders. The Division's partners and performers include academia, national laboratories, private industry, and other members of the Homeland Security Enterprise.

Contact

Department of Homeland Security
Science and Technology Directorate (BMD Stop 0200)
245 Murray Ln
Washington, DC 20528-0200
E-mail: sandt.bordersmaritime@hq.dhs.gov

Last Published Date: October 23, 2013
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