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DHS Science and Technology Directorate Strategic Plan

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) was mandated by Congress to provide innovative problem solving to challenges to our homeland security; it is the core source of scientific and engineering expertise for the department and uniquely postured to enhance our nation's security and resiliency.


Through collaboration and partnerships within both the directorate and the Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE)—the federal, state, local, tribal, territorial, nongovernmental, and private-sector entities, and individuals, families, and communities who share a common national interest in the safety and security of America and the American population—S&T has been able to reach beyond the resources of DHS and rapidly deliver technologies to use in the field. These partnerships provide the foundation for the future and allow us to comprehensively identify capability gaps and exploit the knowledge and expertise within the HSE to address them.

S&T operates in a dynamic environment where new threats and natural hazards suddenly emerge, political perspectives and government priorities shift, and budgets continue to shrink. We have taken steps to ensure we can achieve our goals; however, we fully recognize that this plan and our approach may have to shift to adapt to new circumstances and priorities. In addition to aligning our organization along clear lines of business and developing interdisciplinary teams, we adhere to the strategic principles of partnership, collaboration, and technology foraging. As we meet the ever-evolving risks and opportunities before us, we will work closely with our key constituents to provide the innovation, flexibility, and adaptability our nation's security needs.

2015 Strategic Plan

Our 2015 Strategic Plan uses our Visionary Goals to lay a foundation to guide the nation’s security 20-30 years into the future. Based on our goals, we developed Apex programs to address specific security areas and chart our path forward in each area. We choose projects strategically, ensuring they are force multipliers that address critical end-user needs and are aligned with the investments of our partner research and development organizations and industry. Through innovative approaches and outreach to new partners, we will develop solutions and implement technologies that provide operational and strategic capabilities. We will energize the Homeland Security Industrial Base to invest in future capabilities that will ensure the safety, security, and resilience of our nation.

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Read the DHS Science and Technology Directorate Strategic Plan (PDF, 60 pages - 5.11 MB)

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