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Science and Technology

The DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is the Department’s primary research and development arm and manages science and technology research, from development through transition, for the Department's operational components and first responders.

  • S&T March 2019 P25 CAP Advisory Panel Quarterly Update

    March 2019 P25 CAP Advisory Panel Quarterly Update

  • S&T - Innovation Programs & Tools Booklet

    S&T has a number of tools for working with many different kinds of private sector entities. The “Innovation Programs & Tools” booklet outlines the process, eligibility, timeline, and how to apply for each of our tools. We also identify the stage(s) of technology development we seek for each tool.

  • S&T P25 CAP Aug. 8, 2018, Meeting Agenda and Summary

    The agenda and summary of the DHS Science and Technology Directorate's Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program Advisory Panel meeting for Aug. 8, 2018.

  • S&T Automated Driver and Responder Alert System Operational Field Assessment Report

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s First Responder Technologies Division initiated a project with the goal of enhancing roadway safety for first responders. Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) developed the Automated Driver and Responder Alert System (ADRAS) prototype to assist in reaching this goal.

  • S&T Improving communications for fishing vessel inspections Fact Sheet

    Radio communications below deck can be patchy. M2C2 shares photos in real time. S&T has conducted tests of the M2C2 system in cooperation with Joint Interagency Task Force-South.

  • DHS/S&T/PIA-034 Counter Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program

    The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) is leading DHS efforts and coordinating across the Federal Government testing and evaluating technologies used to detect, identify, and monitor small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) that may pose a potential threat to covered facilities and assets and other missions authorized to the Department by law. These protective technologies are referred to as Counter-UAS (C-UAS).

  • S&T P25 CAP Compliance: What Should It Mean to You

    P25 terminology can vary among manufacturers, which can be confusing and misleading. This short guide explains the different terms along with the entities involved.

  • S&T P25 CAP Certification Mark Usage Guidelines

    S&T developed certification marks to underscore the process leading to the identification of P25 CAP compliant radios. Only properly certified recognized laboratories and accrediting bodies are entitled to use the P25 CAP certification mark upon execution of a licensing agreement with DHS.

  • S&T Impact: Disaster Resilience

    S&T helps improve community resilience to natural disasters through technology and tools that support planning, decision making and mitigation efforts.

  • 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.