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DHS Science and Technology Directorate Strategic Plan

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.

2020 Strategic Plan

The 2020-2025 Strategic Plan gives renewed emphasis to the S&T Mission focus of being a client-focused, customer-oriented organization, providing solutions with immediate, and decisive operational impact and moving away from basic research in favor of identifying and fulfilling the specific and urgent requirements of the Department of Homeland Security and the greater Homeland Security Enterprise. The 2020-2025 Strategic Plan lays out four goals: build trusted relationships with customers that support the delivery of mission-critical solutions, excel at a set of core offerings and capabilities that are aligned to customers’ missions and needs, strengthen partnerships to advance homeland security priorities, and create a unified and dynamic organizational infrastructure and culture. It is with these goals in mind that S&T charts its future with the new Strategic Plan.

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Read the DHS Science and Technology Directorate Strategic Plan (PDF, 20 pages - 22.6 MB)


The research and development (R&D) community is making significant technology advancements by applying innovative ideas and approaches to complex problems. S&T seeks to leverage this innovative thinking by engaging industry, federal, state, and local governments, academia, national laboratories, and international partners to help identify and develop technologies relevant to homeland security. The S&T Innovation Strategy guides our efforts to discover innovation, partner with innovators to develop technologies, and transition effective solutions to front line operators. 

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