Can’t Go It Alone: How Industry Partnerships Make Impacts Securing the Homeland

Security Industry Association (SIA)

As the research and engineering arm of the 22 organizations making up the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), DHS Science and Technology (S&T) has developed close working relationships with the private sector in order to effectively respond to emerging threats and to keep pace with rapid advances in technology. Our relationships with the SIA community help inform the research and development (R&D) investments we make today can withstand tomorrow’s challenges.

S&T is focused on solving some of the toughest and diverse homeland security challenges, including securing our borders, screening at airports, mitigating risk during floods, and enhancing communications resilience when responding to emergencies. Yet we can’t do this alone! Threats today are too complex and the security landscape is changing, taking new forms and shapes, which include new devices, networks, sensors, analytics and the ability to connect to everything.

To better understand the process of how S&T is streamlining R&D practices and communicating end-user problem sets, join S&T at the 2017 SIA GovSummit on June 29 at 1 p.m. at The Liaison Capitol Hill.

Jon Mcentee, S&T’s Director of Borders and Maritime Security Division, will address how S&T is prioritizing technology needs across different DHS domains, including air, sea, ports of entry, and our borders—accelerating how government, industry and security operators co-develop tech solutions that expedite commerce and enhance security operations.

Joining Mr. Mcentee, Troy Johnson from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection will show where emerging tech solutions are making impacts, which includes driving efficiencies and improving decision making. In addition, Melanie Cummings from S&T’s Public-Private Partnerships will highlight the avenues for partnering and where S&T seeks collaboration to improve R&D practices, which includes adapting commercially viable tech solutions for target security operations.

Stop by our SIA exhibit table to learn how you can work together with S&T to protect the homeland with technology. Get connected today @dhsscitech on Twitter and Facebook!

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