Technology scouting is a process of identifying, locating and evaluating existing or developing technologies, products, services and emerging trends. This approach allows faster development and increases partnership opportunities and resources to assist the development of current or future homeland security systems and needs.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) established a robust technology scouting capability to discover existing solutions, emerging trends and technological developments of strategic importance to the Homeland Security Enterprise.
Primarily conducted with a focus on specific emerging trends and technologies, technology scouting is also capable of identifying existing solutions that may alleviate the need for S&T investment. The Technology Scouting Program Management Office leverages the expertise and networks within S&T to gain access and insight into emerging technologies across laboratories, academia, interagency partners and private industry and with international partners.