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Office of Mission & Capability Support

Office of Mission & Capability Support

Officers test the Android Team Awareness Kit (ATAK) in a U.S. Customs and Border Protection exercise. ATAK, a free app, helps law enforcement and responders visually track team members and assets in real time during an incident, as well as share encrypted data across jurisdictions, disciplines and components.The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Office of Mission and Capability Support works with DHS operational Components, first responders at all levels of government, emergency management personnel and public safety and other homeland security organizations to define priorities, gaps and requirements to find or develop technology solutions. Our multidisciplinary experts engage with customers early and throughout the research and development process to deliver solutions for the homeland security mission. This Office focuses on the following DHS mission topic areas.  

Border, Immigration and Maritime division primarily supports U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Coast Guard, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services with technology solutions for their operational needs. Through research, development, testing and evaluation, S&T supports these components in various operational settings such as ports of entry (POE) and areas between POE, covering all domains, including air, ground, underground, water, and underwater.

First Responders and Detection primarily supports DHS Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers, and first responders. Through research, development, testing and evaluation, S&T strengthens emergency managers and responders’ ability to protect the homeland by providing the tools and knowledge they need to save lives and protect property, while staying safe.

Physical and Cybersecurity primarily supports the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), United States Secret Service (USSS) and Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A). S&T conducts research, development, testing and evaluation in three main focus areas: physical security, cybersecurity, and explosives detection and mitigation. Within these focus areas S&T assesses and analyzes threats and vulnerabilities to critical infrastructure, enhance resilience through advance planning and mitigation, prevent and disrupt criminal use of cyberspace, strengthen the security and reliability of the cyber eco system, streamline passenger screening, and prevent homemade explosive attacks.

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