Remotely Piloted Vehicles

Remotely Piloted Vehicles

The domestic use of robotic or remotely piloted aircraft is expected to become an $85 billion business within a few years, as this technology becomes widely available for commercial application within the United States. This technology offers many public safety benefits and commercial opportunities, but it also raises concerns about personal privacy, safety, and liability. […]

Program Evaluation

Program Evaluation

Evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of homeland security programs is essential to both ensure the public safety and save taxpayer dollars. IHSS conducts independent, rigorous, and comprehensive program evaluations for homeland security agencies and also assists in the design development of such evaluations. Proper data collection efforts enable government partners to make informed, evidence-based decisions […]

Biometrics

Biometrics

Biometrics are unique physical characteristics, such as fingerprints, that can be used for automated recognition. Since 2004, the Department of Homeland Security’s US-VISIT program, United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology, has collected biometrics—digital fingerprints and photographs—to protect against identity theft and fraud. Unlike names and dates of birth, which can be changed, biometrics are […]

Informatics and Data Analysis

Informatics and Data Analysis

Soon after the 9/11 attacks, some officials recommended that large-scale data mining be used as a method for identifying potential terrorist activity. At its core, data mining involves finding previously unknown patterns or relationships in large databases through the use of automated algorithms. The idea was that federal, state and local agencies could assemble numerous […]

Radicalization and Terrorism Analysis

Radicalization and Terrorism Analysis

What makes an individual become fanatic and aggressive? What makes a group go from belief, to hostility, and lastly to violence? The Science & Technology Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security has sponsored basic research focused on identifying indicators that groups and individuals are moving toward extremist violence, assessing the impacts of policies and […]

Remotely Piloted Vehicles
Remotely Piloted Vehicles

The domestic use of robotic or remotely piloted aircraft is expected to become an $85 billion business within a few years, as this technology becomes widely available for commercial application within the United States. This technology offers many public safety benefits and commercial opportunities, but it also raises concerns about personal privacy, safety, and liability. […]

Program Evaluation
Program Evaluation

Evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of homeland security programs is essential to both ensure the public safety and save taxpayer dollars. IHSS conducts independent, rigorous, and comprehensive program evaluations for homeland security agencies and also assists in the design development of such evaluations. Proper data collection efforts enable government partners to make informed, evidence-based decisions […]

Biometrics
Biometrics

Biometrics are unique physical characteristics, such as fingerprints, that can be used for automated recognition. Since 2004, the Department of Homeland Security’s US-VISIT program, United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology, has collected biometrics—digital fingerprints and photographs—to protect against identity theft and fraud. Unlike names and dates of birth, which can be changed, biometrics are […]

Informatics and Data Analysis
Informatics and Data Analysis

Soon after the 9/11 attacks, some officials recommended that large-scale data mining be used as a method for identifying potential terrorist activity. At its core, data mining involves finding previously unknown patterns or relationships in large databases through the use of automated algorithms. The idea was that federal, state and local agencies could assemble numerous […]

Radicalization and Terrorism Analysis
Radicalization and Terrorism Analysis

What makes an individual become fanatic and aggressive? What makes a group go from belief, to hostility, and lastly to violence? The Science & Technology Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security has sponsored basic research focused on identifying indicators that groups and individuals are moving toward extremist violence, assessing the impacts of policies and […]

Community Resilience
Community Resilience

Community resilience is a measure of the sustained ability of a community to to better mitigate and defend against dynamic threats, minimize risks, and maximize the ability to respond and recover from attacks and disasters of all kinds. Community resilience encompasses the full fabric of the community and its ability to resist and/or rapidly recover […]

Human Perception and Decision Making
Human Perception and Decision Making

A number of DHS occupations (e.g., baggage screening, incident command) require sustained vigilance and share four main characteristics: The individual must be vigilant to potentially subtle or rare occurrences; There may be high stakes for missing subtle or rare, but relevant items; The individual’s responses do not influence subsequent occurrences; The individual might be required […]

Disaster Response and Recovery
Disaster Response and Recovery

Disaster response activities are actions taken to save lives and prevent further property damage in an emergency situation. Response is putting preparedness plans into action.  Disaster recovery activities are actions taken to return to a normal or an even safer situation following an emergency.  The mission of the Department of Homeland Security is to support […]

Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity

The growing number of attacks on our cyber networks has become, in President Obama’s words, “one of the most serious economic and national security threats our nation faces.” Cybersecurity involves protecting our information by preventing, detecting, and responding to those attacks.  Improving our cybersecurity requires working across the federal government, partnering with the private sector, […]

Public Opinion
Public Opinion

People’s attitudes, beliefs, and decisions are heavily influenced by the emotions they are experiencing. In particular, anger, fear, and sadness lead people to perceive different amounts of risk of terrorism, make them more or less likely to support military action, and can cause them to place causal blame for terrorist events.  In one study, researchers […]

Border Security
Border Security

Border Security is defined as the security of the nation’s air, land, and sea borders to prevent illegal activity while facilitating lawful travel and trade. The Department of Homeland Security’s border security and management efforts focus on three interrelated goals: Effectively secure U.S. air, land, and sea points of entry; Safeguard and streamline lawful trade and travel; […]

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