Client: Department of Homeland security, Science and Technology Directorate, Capability Development Support Office
ANSER’s Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute (HSSAI) supports the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary’s “Unity of Effort” priority by applying critical real-time, on-the-spot advice to operations and requirements analysis in the Science and Technology Directorate. This effort includes the development of a management infrastructure to support joint strategy, capability analysis, and capability deployment.
The DHS Secretary has established a Deputy’s Management Advisory Group (Advisory Group) made up of the deputy directors of each component to steer the overall effort. The Advisory Group depends on a network of staffed offices, including the Joint Requirements Council (The Council). The Council has begun to institutionalize a Joint Requirements Integration and Management System (Joint Requirements System) for managing the identification, coordination, and acquisition of new, cross-organizational capabilities in DHS. Integrated Project Teams (IPTs) are charged with coordinating research and development efforts to feed the Joint Requirements process with the best technology to solve problems in aviation security, border security, biological threat, cybersecurity, counterterrorism, and first responders.
The team is focusing on independent, trusted-advisor examination of the IPT process to include proposals for enhancing process effectiveness and recommendations for Integrated Project Team external interactions with The Council and the Joint Requirements System. The team is enhancing the Nation’s security by helping DHS decision-makers address the complexity associated with developing a management infrastructure that supports joint strategy, capability analysis, and capability deployment.
This task is exemplary of the pivotal role a studies and analysis-focused Federally Funded Research and Development Center like HSSAI can play in the maturation of key DHS capabilities. The team not only provides rapid response analytic capabilities, but also identifies opportunities for the application of deeper expertise from across ANSER. In this way, the team provides the DHS Science and Technology Directorate with much needed expertise to support the important goal of departmental unification.