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 the mission area spans the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and other federal, state, and local entities. Recent efforts include humanitarian assistance and disaster response architectures and technologies, new microfluidic technologies for DNA assembly and transformation and for gene synthesis, improvement of the detection and classification for air vehicle threats, and technologies for border and maritime security.

UAV autonomyA technical staff member works to prototype an unmanned aerial vehicle that uses advanced autonomy technology and that will be used to define defense capability needs. To ensure an effective homeland defense, researchers must understand how advanced commercial technologies could be used as potential threats and then use that information to identify adequate countermeasures to those threats.


Leadership for Homeland Protection

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


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