As the research and development (R&D) arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) focuses on providing the tools, technologies, and knowledge products the nation’s Homeland Security Enterprise needs today and tomorrow. That means S&T constantly works to bridge industry and end-user communities around the nation. S&T’s R&D focus areas cover DHS’s core mission areas and use our network of industry, national laboratory and other partners to seek solutions for capability gaps and define topics for future research.
Established by Congress in 2003, S&T strives to enable effective, efficient, and secure operations across all homeland security missions by applying scientific, engineering, analytic, and innovative approaches to deliver timely solutions and support departmental acquisitions.
Across all DHS mission areas, S&T helps integrate innovative technology into everyday use. S&T works directly with operators in the field to understand their unique needs and challenges. From there, S&T partners with U.S. and international government, industry and academia to create and test solutions that help the nation’s homeland security officials prevent, respond to and recover from all hazards and threats. Our goal is to provide real world solutions in a realistic timeframe.
S&T supports DHS by creating the technologies and solutions needed to strengthen the Homeland Security Enterprise. Working with innovators in federal, state, local, tribal and territorial agencies; private industry; and academia, S&T helps identify, develop or adapt R&D efforts to address strategic needs. The driving force behind all of these efforts is an understanding of the role technology can play in helping the nation’s homeland security officials stay ahead of evolving threats.
We understand the ever-changing threat environment, and our relationships with the men and women who combat those threats every day make the organization an effective catalyst for improving the security and resilience of our nation.
Our DHS Focus Areas
DHS S&T works closely with border and immigration officials to understand how technology can help support their missions and overcome challenges.
We partner with a host of academic, national laboratory and research organizations across the nation to address specific homeland security topics and threats.
DHS S&T partners with authorities across the nation to address chemical and biological threat prevention needs through technological innovation and future-focused research.
We coordinate with public and private sector partners to help strengthen the security and resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructure through technical innovation.
DHS S&T supports the full spectrum of cybersecurity research and development.
DHS S&T assists operators by helping them define and understand their requirements and the technology's performance capabilities.
Being at the forefront of explosive detection and mitigation research and development helps us create new approaches to help protect American citizens and infrastructure.
In close partnership with first responders at all levels, S&T identifies, validates, and facilitates the fulfillment of needs through the use of existing and emerging technologies, knowledge products, and standards.
DHS S&T is tackling unmanned aerial systems challenges by researching ways to protect against threats and ways to make them more usable for the Homeland Security Enterprise