The DHS Science and Technology Directorate Resilient Systems Division’s (RSD) mission is to rapidly develop and deliver innovative solutions that enhance the resilience of individuals, communities, and systems by enabling the Whole Community to prevent and protect against threats, mitigate hazards, effectively respond to disasters, and expedite recovery.
RSD’s vision is to strengthen our homeland resilience to all-hazards disasters through science and technology-based solutions.
Jalal Mapar is the director of the Resilient System’s Division. Mr. Mapar holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He has been recognized for his leadership in delivering technologies to customers across DHS and establishing collaborations with several universities, national labs, U.S. and international government agencies. Mr. Mapar is a member of the Joint Service Data Exchange Executive Board, panelist and chair at IEEE Communications Society, Institute of Navigation, Joint Navigation Conference, Technologies for Critical Incident Preparedness.
RSD Focus Areas
Community Resilience involves ensuring that all levels of society, from the community down to individual citizens, are better prepared for and can more effectively recover from incidents and/or disasters. RSD conducts social and behavioral science research to develop and aid communication strategies that will promote an improved, more effective resiliency within America’s communities.
Critical infrastructure includes the vast network of highways with bridges connecting tunnels, railways, utilities and buildings that are necessary to maintain normalcy in life. Transportation, commerce, clean water, and reliable power all rely on these vital systems but are vulnerable to natural disasters and are targets for terrorists. RSD is developing scientific approaches and applications to protect these resources from man-made or natural disasters.
Our nation has become more reliant on cyber-physical systems where computer networks control physical systems. We rely on Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to determine location and provide directions. RSD is developing technologies to identify the extent GPS is used in critical infrastructure sectors and assess weaknesses within the data transfer/cyber-physical systems.
Emergency managers need access to data from many sources and must quickly and accurately analyze that data to provide guidance on how to best respond to disasters. RSD is developing a risk-based analysis and planning applications that will anticipate and manage disasters, researching ways to speed up disaster response, and providing situational awareness to support decision making.
Evaluation research is used to assess personnel, processes, tactics, techniques, procedures and policies for implementing systems. RSD applies evaluation research data to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in order to identify, select, and train their screening personnel.
RSD conducts research on how to improve security and identify unknown individuals. This is a broad area of research with many interrelated activities aimed at improving overall homeland security. RSD is sensitive to the protection of individual privacy and DHS S&T is committed to safeguarding the civil rights of our individual citizens.
RSD’s primary federal customers are the Department's Intelligence & Analysis (I&A), National Protection and Programs Directorate Office of Infrastructure Protection (NPPD/OIP), Office of Health Affairs (OHA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), U.S. Secret Service (USSS), and U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE). RSD directly supports emergency responders; federal, state, and local emergency managers; and critical infrastructure owners and operators.