The Homeland Protection mission supports the nation’s security by innovating technology and architectures to help prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, to reduce the vulnerability of the nation to terrorism, to minimize the damage from terrorist attacks, and to facilitate recovery from either man-made or natural disasters. The broad sponsorship for this mission area spans the Department of Defense (DoD), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and other federal, state, and local entities. Recent efforts include architecture studies for the defense of civilians and facilities, new microfluidic technologies for DNA assembly and transformation and for gene synthesis, improvement of the Enhanced Regional Situation Awareness system for the National Capital Region, the assessment of technologies for border and maritime security, and the development of architectures and systems for disaster response.

The Laboratory is developing a standoff body scanner for surface transportation environments. For the detection of concealed illicit devices, researchers are exploring methods that do not interfere with the normal pedestrian traffic flows that exist in rail facilities. In this case, a metal plate is being used to simulate and assess improvised explosive device (IED) detection performance through heavy clothing.

Leadership for Homeland Protection

Melissa ChoiDr. Melissa G. Choi Jim FlavinMr. James Flavin Edward WackMr. Edward Wack



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