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Science and Technology Directorate National Urban Security Technology Laboratory

The National Urban Security Technology Laboratory (NUSTL) located in New York City, is a government-owned, government-operated facility organized under and operated by the Department's Science and Technology Directorate. The laboratory is programmatically aligned to the Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate’s Director of Support to the Homeland Security Enterprise and First Responders, with operational funding through the S&T Office of National Laboratories (ONL).

NUSTL’s mission is to test, evaluate, and analyze homeland security capabilities while serving as a technical authority to first responder, state, and local entities in protecting our cities. In fulfilling this mission, the laboratory serves as a federal technical authority promoting the successful development and integration of homeland security technologies into operational end-user environments by objectively:

  • Conducting test programs, pilots, demonstrations, and other forms of evaluations of homeland security technologies both in the field and in the laboratory.
  • Applying knowledge of operational end-user environments and support for operational integration (including training, exercises, equipment, tactics, techniques and procedures) to technology development.
  • Enabling first responders and end-users to address operational mission requirements through the coordination of technology development requirements and opportunities.
  • Supporting development and use of homeland security equipment and operational standards.

Leveraging its strategic location in New York City, the laboratory is uniquely positioned to serve Tri-State first responders as well as the homeland security community nationwide. Its broad-ranging relationships with the Tri-State region’s homeland security community complement the laboratory’s test and evaluation capability by enabling the use of the New York metropolitan area as an urban test bed. The laboratory’s pilot deployment programs support the transition of homeland security technologies from the developing and testing phases to operational field trials and provide a critical scientific interface with end-users in the field.

Additionally, the laboratory serves as the technical authority to New York area operational-level and responder organizations in applying homeland security technologies and providing technical reachback capabilities. Through its interface and outreach efforts, the laboratory promotes the acceptance and integration of homeland security technologies and standards, and accelerates the delivery and successful deployment of enhanced technological capabilities to the end-users.

Read the strategic plan (PDF, 26 pages- 7.03 MB).

To learn more about the Environmental, Safety, Health (ESH) and Sustainability Policy, read the ESH and Sustainability Policy, June 8, 2011 (PDF, 1 page - 61 KB).


U.S. Department of Homeland Security
201 Varick Street - Suite 900
New York, N.Y. 10014-7447

Last Published Date: October 17, 2014
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