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Tests, Evaluations, Standards and Systems Engineering

A prototype polar ice breaker moves through ice and water.When members of the Homeland Security Enterprise acquire a new type of equipment or resources, they need to know it will meet their usability and safety needs. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) assists operators by helping them define and understand their requirements and the technology's performance capabilities. This ensures they select the right tool for the job. We provide capability development and support throughout the development and acquisition process.

Our work in standards, test and evaluation, systems engineering and operational analysis has made us a trusted resource for operators across DHS and the Homeland Security Enterprise. S&T works with government labs, like the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and other academic partners to conduct thorough testing and evaluation and ensure performance standards are consistently applied. S&T also provides technology testing and evaluation to better understand and mitigate homeland security threats, especially for the first responder community. S&T’s laboratory staff and partners provide a critical scientific interface with first responders and end-users in the field for accelerated delivery and deployment of technologies and systems across the country. This information is vital when determining which equipment is worth the investment, since many items can have similar descriptions but varying costs. S&T’s expertise and trusted evaluation provides a firm foundation for good acquisition decisions by helping operators understand which resources are most effective for their needs.

Questions? Email us at stcds@hq.dhs.gov.

Last Updated: 06/15/2022
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