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This breakneck pace brings risks and opportunities. As we advance through the age of the “internet-of-things” and autonomous cyber-physical systems, the nation becomes more vulnerable to adversaries. Given the current and projected threat environments, technology and R&D are the bridge to the future of homeland security. Science and technology are essential to fulfilling the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) missions effectively, efficiently, and safely and addressing emerging challenges and opportunities. From border security to biological defense to cybersecurity to explosives detection, DHS’ Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is at the forefront of integrating R&D across public and private sectors and the international community to meet homeland security mission needs.
Dr. Reginald Brothers, Under Secretary for Science and Technology, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, joined me on The Business of Government Hour to discuss topics including strategic priorities for DHS’ Science and Technology Directorate, the purpose of the national conversation on homeland security technology, and the importance of making connections and harnessing innovation. The following is an edited excerpt of our discussion, complemented with additional research.