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ST-Homeland Security Operations and Analysis Center (HSOAC)

The purpose of HSOAC is to help the Department address analytic, operational, and policy challenges in its mission areas and across the homeland security environment. HSAOC provides high-quality objective research and analysis and actionable recommendations as well as candid advice. These services are delivered through full studies, rapid-response work, and embedded analysts.

Terrorism Prevention Literature Dashboard BIB File

DHS S&T developed a comprehensive and publicly available literature review and ontology dashboard to organize CVE literature. This new capability streamlines the ability for end users and practitioners to access peer-reviewed and methodologically sound research products to develop an evidence base in the field of terrorism prevention for what works, what doesn't, and why.

S&T Behavior Detection Visual Search Task Analysis Project Visual Search Battery Report

Approximately 1.2 million people fly within the United States every day. To keep these passengers safe, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employs a multilayer security system to ensure that the traveling public and the nation’s transportation systems are protected. The Behavior Detection (BD) program serves an essential function in this multilayered security approach. Unique from other security capabilities within the TSA security system, the BD program, which was previously reserved for Behavior Detection Officers (BDOs) but is now comprised of Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) as well, trains officers to identify anomalous behaviors by observing passengers and comparing what they see to an established behavioral baseline. The goal of the program is to identify high-risk travelers and subject them to additional screening. This report describes the results of an empirical study that addressed these research goals and furthered DHS S&T’s understanding of the visual search process required for successful BD performance.

Pick DHS S&T for SXSW 2019

By sending us to South by Southwest, you can help DHS S&T build a culture of preparedness and identify where procurement and funding opportunities should be targeted.

Snapshot: S&T Tests Face, Iris Systems at Biometric Tech Rally

Balancing speed and security at checkpoints, like airports, is essential to ensuring safe, reliable travel. Many of these checkpoints are increasingly using biometric technology to improve speed and reliability. While recent improvements in biometrics have lowered failure to match rates, many systems fail to quickly acquire biometric information in the first place.DHS S&T's first Biometric Technology Rally  aimed to eliminate these obstacles by testing face and face/iris recognition systems.

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