To strengthen America’s security and resiliency by providing knowledge products and innovative technology solutions for the Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE).
Rapidly develop and deliver knowledge, analyses, and innovative solutions that advance the mission of the Department.
- Provide knowledge, technologies, and science-based solutions that are integrated into homeland security operations, employing DHS’s new, integrated investment lifecycle process
- Strengthen relationships with DHS components and the first responder community to better understand and address their requirements
- Focus on high-priority needs, through rigorous project selection and regular review of the entire research and development portfolio
Leverage technical expertise to assist DHS components’ efforts to establish operational requirements and select and acquire needed technologies.
- Use the Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) technical expertise to provide analytical support to DHS
- Implement processes that strengthen project management, evaluation, and accountability within the directorate
- Incent owners of critical infrastructure and key resources to adopt technologies that reduce vulnerabilities and increase resilience
Strengthen the HSE and first responder’s capabilities to protect the homeland and respond to disasters.
- Create high-impact technologies and knowledge products – such as standards and protocols – that facilitate the safety, effectiveness, and ease with which first responders do their work
- Provide the link between operators in the field and the evolving world of research and development
- Increase first responders’ access to information on best practices and product performance standards
Conduct, catalyze, and survey scientific discoveries and inventions relevant to existing and emerging homeland security challenges.
- Leverage the investment and expertise of other government agencies, the private sector, academia, and international partners
- Leverage academia to address homeland security needs and nurture the future technical workforce of the HSE
- Participate in ongoing federal interagency efforts at both the policy and programmatic levels
- Execute bilateral agreements to leverage funds, manpower, and facilities in support of the mission
- Encourage the private sector, with a focus on small business engagement, to develop technologies relevant to the HSE
- Improve S&T’s knowledge and use of relative national and international research and facilities with a focus on Department of Energy (DOE) National Labs and DOE efforts
- Leverage the scientific expertise, knowledge, and capabilities of the S&T labs, as well as the DOE and international laboratories, to provide advanced and innovative knowledge, analyses, and solutions in support of the HSE
- Ensure effective construction and utilization of S&T laboratories in support of homeland security missions
Foster a culture of innovation and learning, in S&T and across DHS, that addresses challenges with scientific, analytic, and technical rigor.
- Evolve the understanding of current and future homeland security risks and opportunities and foster a culture of innovation
- Increase S&T and the Department’s awareness of cutting-edge research and technology developments pertinent to DHS missions
- Promote a culture of openness, continual learning, innovation, and collaboration within S&T and across DHS
- Internally promote synergies and eliminate programmatic redundancies by creating mechanisms and processes to increase information sharing