The Five Country Research and Development (5RD) Terrorism Prevention Meeting was hosted by the United Kingdom Home Office’s Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism (OSCT), in London, UK, September 10-13, 2018.
DHS S&T hosted the first North American International Forum to Advance First Responder Innovation (IFAFRI) Industry Stakeholder Summit to advance the development of affordable, innovative technology for the more than 7.5 million first responders across IFAFRI member nations.
Neither international borders nor a single ideology constrains or limits threats posed by terrorism, domestic radicalization, or returning foreign fighters. Accordingly, many countries have invested in research within their local contexts to build the global body of evidence in terrorism prevention. However, this research is often inaccessible to intended end users, many of whom cannot effectively retrieve the research or analyze it for operational needs.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), in coordination with the Five Country Research and Development (5RD) Terrorism Prevention Network, identified a need to conduct systematic reviews of prior research and evaluations.
Through global collaboration and shared capability gaps, the International Forum to Advance First Responder Innovation (IFAFRI) seeks to make more affordable tools and technology available to the world’s first responders, while broadening the market for American industry. As a founding member of IFAFRI, DHS S&T is hosting a first of its kind industry stakeholder summit aimed at reaching out to the homeland security industrial base to provide critical information on the first responder global market and high priority global capability gaps. The four global common capability gaps will be publicly unveiled in the US for the first time.
S&T funds research products to increase public awareness of the mechanisms by which individuals and groups radicalize to violence to inform and support law enforcement, community leaders, NGOs, academics, local government, and international partners.
The following videos highlight S&T and our international engagements.
The International Forum to Advance First Responder Innovation (IFAFRI) recently conducted a Statement of Objectives (SOO) validation meeting to analyze and define operational requirements for two of the four IFAFRI common global capability gaps.
DHS S&T concluded the fifth Canada-U.S. Enhanced Resiliency Experiment (CAUSE V) event last year, in partnership with Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS).
With its multiple projects and thanks to its partnership with the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation, S&T actively collaborates with Israel.