The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) program develops and transitions technical capabilities that enhance U.S. maritime border security by helping safeguard lawful trade and travel and disrupting and dismantling transnational criminal and terrorist organizations.
Arctic Communications and Technologies
Once inaccessible, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is now extending operations into the Arctic in areas that are ice-free during summer months. The Arctic Communications and Technologies program is identifying and evaluating appropriate terrestrial and space-based solutions to extend and enable USCG operations in the Arctic. This includes the implementation of reliable communications in the Arctic, essential for safe and effective operations.
Port and Coastal Surveillance
The Port and Coastal Surveillance program is developing solutions to improve maritime situational awareness to enable rapid tactical response to maritime threats. Additionally, these solutions will enhance strategic planning and resource allocation at the regional and national level. Efforts will dramatically improve the maritime domain awareness of DHS components in the coastal regions of the United States, increasing the efficiency of interdicting illegal maritime activity.
Port and Waterway Resiliency
The Port and Waterway Resiliency program is enhancing the USCG’s Waterways Analysis and Management System (WAMS) using more effective and user friendly computer-based technologies to update, visualize, and analyze data to monitor maritime Aids to Navigation (ATON). New or improved technology can be a force multiplier/enabler to help address the DHS maritime challenges while maintaining fiscal responsibility. The program will develop risk-based strategies to enhance management of ports and waterways, including better ways to conduct health assessments, analyze the condition of ports and waterways, and support