The Science and Technology Directorate's Explosives Division (EXD) develops new technologies and systems to protect our citizens and our country's infrastructure against the devastating effects of non-nuclear explosives, by seeking innovative approaches in detection and in countermeasures. The Division provides concepts, science, technologies, and systems that increase protection from explosives, and promotes the development of field equipment, technologies, and procedures to interdict weapons and explosive threats.
Mr. Steven Wallen is the HSARPA EXD Director.
The following EXD programs support this mission:
- Air Cargo Screening
- Apex Screening at Speed
- Checked Baggage
- Commercial Aircraft Vulnerability and Mitigation
- Explosives Detection Canines
- Homemade Explosives (HME) Characterization
- Secondary Screening Technology Development
- Standoff Detection
- Surface Transportation Explosive Threat Detection
Resources and News
- Resilient Tunnel Project Fact Sheet
- Resilient Tunnel Project Snapshot: A Simple Solution to Protect Critical Infrastructure
EXD works with universities, industry, Federal departments including DoD, DoJ, and DoT, and other Department of Homeland Security (DHS) components, including TSA, CBP, USCG, and USSS, as well as numerous state and local law enforcement agencies in the Homeland Security Enterprise.