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Friday, July 23rd, 2021

DHS collaboration highlights research, development initiatives

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Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) officials are espousing the benefits of a four-part virtual content series highlighting research and threat preparation collaboration.

The Virtual Whole-of-Government R&D Showcase focuses on efforts to mobilize research and development (R&D) teams as a means of natural and human-induced disaster risk, accelerating breakthrough discoveries, and aiding in preparation for the unknown.

“The rapid innovations that emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic are a testament to our collaborative investments in science, research, and technology,” said Kathryn Coulter-Mitchell, DHS senior official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary for Science and Technology. “Our Virtual Whole-of-Government R&D Showcase is a timely and resource-rich event for those who work at the intersection of technology and policy and those who create and benefit from scientific advancements.”

The series will address Enhancing Public Health Security and Resilience; Building Resilience and Innovation Equity; Mitigating Evolving Threats and Understanding the Convergence of Breakthrough Technologies; and Building Whole-of-Government R&D Partnerships.

The goal is to demonstrate how S&T’s new and strategic approaches to R&D are advancing the nation in COVID-19 threat characterization and assessment; disaster preparedness; infrastructure resilience; cybersecurity; opioid detection; securing public transit, drone operations; and the convergence of breakthrough technologies.