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DHS Science and Technology Directorate Strategic Plan

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) was mandated by Congress to provide innovative problem solving to challenges to our homeland security; it is the core source of scientific and engineering expertise for the Department and uniquely postured to enhance our nation's security and resiliency. Through collaboration and partnerships within both the directorate and the Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE)— the federal, state, local, tribal, territorial, nongovernmental, and private-sector entities, and individuals, families, and communities who share a common national interest in the safety and security of America and the American population—S&T has been able to reach beyond the resources of DHS and rapidly deliver technologies to use in the field. These partnerships provide the foundation for the future and allow us to comprehensively identify capability gaps and exploit the knowledge and expertise within the HSE to address them.

S&T operates in a dynamic environment where new threats and natural hazards suddenly emerge, political perspectives and government priorities shift, and budgets continue to shrink. We have taken steps to ensure we can achieve our goals; however, we fully recognize that this plan and our approach may have to shift to adapt to new circumstances and priorities. In addition to aligning our organization along clear lines of business and developing interdisciplinary teams, we adhere to the strategic principles of partnership, collaboration, and technology foraging. As we meet the ever-evolving risks and opportunities before us, we will work closely with our key constituents to provide the innovation, flexibility, and adaptability our nation's security needs.

Developing a 2011 strategic plan for S&T has been complicated by an uncertain budget environment, followed by extensive reductions to the directorate's research and development budget. After conducting a thorough analysis of both the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Report (February 2010) and the complementary DHS Bottom-Up Review Report (July 2010); identifying lessons learned and best practices; and consulting with the S&T staff and external stakeholders, we have set our course for the future. Our mission and strategic goals were established to provide the base we need to guide our work over the next five years, while at the same time giving us the flexibility we need to deal with the uncertainty of the future.

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