The dynamic threats to our nation and the fast-moving pace of technology require an updated way of thinking about how the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) approaches research and development (R&D) solutions. Science and Technology Technology Centers enable S&T Category 1 (Cat1) programs and other S&T programs to capitalize on expertise and technology from across the DHS enterprise by expanding opportunities for involvement and application of subject matter experts (SMEs). They represent an agile approach to identify, develop, and re-purpose R&D solutions.
The Technology Centers enable application of existing and emerging solutions across multiple Cat1 projects and other S&T programs, reducing redundancy and increasing agility. This approach fosters collaboration and opportunities for innovation, accelerating the impact and application of S&T’s R&D within the DHS component agencies.
To leverage expertise and technologies from across the DHS enterprise, the Technology Centers :
- Identify cross-program requirements and how specific solutions might be re-purposed and applied on numerous projects
- Provide ongoing advice and support to Cat1 and other S&T programs to leverage existing and emerging technologies, methods, and tools
- Forecast demand for specific technological needs and services
Technology Centers provide Cat1 and other S&T programs:
- Access to and involvement of the DHS enterprise as well as industry and academic SMEs, including opportunities for collaboration, coordination, and networking
- Identification and application of state-of-the-art technology, methods, and tools
- Application of lessons learned and best practices
- Contractual means for more timely response to R&D service requests
Powering Open Innovation refers to identifying and applying knowledge, practices, and solutions by leveraging the broadest possible network of SMEs within and beyond S&T and DHS to address strategic and operational challenges. This approach allows S&T to improve agility and “speed to market” as new technologies and solutions are identified, developed, and deployed to better prevent, respond to, and recover from all hazards and homeland security threats.