DHS establishes its first government think tank
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate on Friday, April 23, announced that Analytic Services Incorporated (ANSER) has been selected to operate the Homeland Security Institute, which is the Department’s first Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC). The Institute will provide independent analysis on a variety of issues related to securing the homeland. This FFRDC will particularly focus on those matters involving policy and security where scientific, technical, and analytical expertise is required such as those in the extremely complex threat and vulnerability assessment areas. The Institute will operate at the highest levels of classification as they conduct a variety of studies that could range from a 30−day analysis to a rigorous long−range study of 12 months or more. The Institute will play a key role in providing critical analysis and decision support, and assessing, analyzing, and mitigating homeland security threats, vulnerabilities, and risks. The full spectrum of analyses includes operational assessments, systems evaluations, technology assessments, and resources and support analyses will reflect an integrated systems approach aimed at helping Homeland Security set priorities and guide investments.