Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate Strategic Plan, May 2007 [open pdf - 9MB]
"The S&T Directorate's mission is to improve homeland security by providing to our customers, the operating components of DHS and state, local, tribal and territorial emergency responders and officials, state-of-the-art technology that helps them accomplish their missions. A recent review of strategy and technology requirements resulted in a shift in the Directorate's focus to a new strategic approach. This new approach, reflected in a realigned organization and research portfolio management strategy, will allow us to better identify, enable, and transition new capabilities to our customers to better protect the nation. To that end, the S&T Directorate develops and manages an integrated program of science and technology, from basic research through technology product transition. The managers of this program are predominantly active scientists and engineers in the technical disciplines relevant to Homeland Security. They are guided by a risk-diverse, multi-tiered investment strategy based primarily on the stated needs of our customers balanced with emerging technology opportunities. The programmatic priorities outlined in this Plan are the result of a process that is largely driven and led by our customers. The majority of the S&T Directorate's investment will favor lower-risk projects dedicated to addressing a customer-defined capability need within three years. About 10 percent of the S&T investment will be targeted towards higher risk innovative prototypical demonstrations, which, if successful, will place advanced technology in the operating components hands much more quickly than the incremental improvements typical of most acquisition programs."