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2 DHS Science & Technology Directorate
First Responder Integrated Product Team (IPT) Development Strategy Mr. Randel Zeller Director, Interagency and First Responder Programs Science and Technology Directorate U.S. Department of Homeland Security

3 Technology “Development” Process Today
Capability gaps are usually identified by ‘end users’. (or a vendor … who also has a “solution” to offer) Most agencies check with other organizations to corroborate the gap and determine what solutions are available. (i.e. best practice, “what works”) Technologies utilizing force (LE) require an extensive legal review, including soliciting and addressing public reaction and opinion.

4 Technology “Development” Process Today
A purchase order is requested or locally generated Procurement decisions are determined by mandate, need, and budget (Note: Homeland Security Grant Funds augment General Funds) The new equipment is locally purchased and integrated with the existing deployed systems and equipment Using agency IT, Motor Pool, or vendor personnel Compatibility and interoperability issues must be resolved locally Training, Life cycle maintenance, and privacy issues locally resolved No universally recognized “honest broker” process or resource No logical process for meeting the long term technology needs of the agency Technology push by vendors vice technology development pull by First Responders

5 Technology Needs Development
Department of Justice Law Enforcement Associations Police Officers Federal Government Emergency Services Associations Emergency Medical Technician Associations Territorial Government Tribal Government Firefighter Associations Firefighters State Government Emergency Medical Security Associations Department of HLS

6 Gathering Mechanism for Customer Requirements: DHS S&T Capstone IPTs
Information Sharing/Mgmt Border Security Chem/Bio Maritime Security Cyber Security Transportation Security First Responder Counter IED Cargo Security People Screening Infrastructure Protection Incident Management Interoperability Prep & Response

7 First Responder Capstone IPT
Critical Infrastructure Key Resources (CI/KR) Requirements Emergency Services Sector/Gov Coordinating Council First Responder RDT&E Coordinating Working Group DHS First Responder RDT&E Coordinating Council FEMA Grants Commercialization S&T First Responder Coordination Council Funding Solutions T&E Standards

8 First Responder Capstone IPT
Critical Infrastructure Key Resources (CI/KR) Requirements Emergency Services Sector/Gov Coordinating Council First Responder RDT&E Coordinating Working Group DHS First Responder RDT&E Coordinating Council International Solutions FEMA Grants Commercialization S&T First Responder Coordination Council Funding Solutions University based Centers of Excellence First Responder Advanced Research T&E Standards

Homeland Security S&T Enterprise DHS RESEARCH AFFILIATES HSI DHS Labs Centers of Excellence National Labs DoD DHS S&T Directorate DoE PUBLIC/ PRIVATE SECTOR PARTNERS DoJ DoT FEDERAL PARTNERS EPA International HHS S&T has seven formal bilateral agreements with key partner nations, shown at left, with five others – including Germany -- in the works. Bilateral Partners: UK, Australia, Canada, Israel (blue star), Mexico (green-white-orange), Sweden, Singapore Homeland security is not a Federal effort, but a national effort that cuts across disciplines and jurisdictions and includes partners from academia, industry and all levels of government. This chart depicts the many research partners of DHS S&T that encompass the broader research, private sector and government communities. Associations NASA Industry NIH State NIST Local NOAA Tribal NSF Territorial UARCs Rev

10 Centers of Excellence S&T DIVISIONS
Explosives Chemical/Biological Command, Control & Interoperability Borders/Maritime Human Factors Infrastructure/ Geophysical COE for Explosives Detection, Mitigation & Response COE for Transportation Security IDS-UACs RVACs COE for Border Security & Immigration COE for Natural Disasters, Coastal Infrastructure & Emergency Management COE for Maritime, Island & Remote/Extreme Environment Security Consolidated CCI Center COE for Transportation Security COE for Transportation Security –Chart depicts how the Centers of Excellence are aligned with the activities of the six S&T divisions. Our DHS Centers of Excellence are an important vehicle for carrying out the S&T Directorate’s basic research program. S&T has established 13 COEs to date. Five new university-based Homeland Security Centers of Excellence were announced in late February Focus Areas of the five Centers align with S&T divisions and include: - explosives detection, mitigation, and response; - border security and immigration; - maritime, island, and port security; - natural disasters, coastal infrastructure and emergency management; - transportation security Risk, Economics and Operations Analysis Risk Sciences Branch & HSI Risk Determination

11 SAFETY Act Enables the development and deployment of effective anti-terrorism technologies by creating systems of “risk management” and “litigation management” Provides important legal liability protections for manufacturers and sellers of technologies that could save lives in the event of a terrorist attack Protections apply only to claims arising out of, relating to, or resulting from an Act of Terrorism Removes barriers to industry investments in new and unique technologies to combat the gathering threat of terrorism Creates market incentives for industry to invest in measures to enhance the security of the Nation For more information, visit

12 SAVER Mission
The SAVER Program assists State & local responders making procurement decisions The SAVER Program: Conducts impartial, practitioner relevant, and operationally oriented assessments and validations of emergency responder equipment Provides information that enables decision makers and responders to better select, procure, use, and maintain emergency responder equipment Recently Transferred from FEMA to S&T

13 Major SAVER Products SAVER Highlight SAVER TechNote SAVER Summary
Very Short, 2 to 3 Paragraphs Announces start or completion of SAVER Effort Examples include: Assessment Initiation, SAVER Summary Publication, or Availability of Guide or Handbook SAVER TechNote Short two page Report Summarizes technical issue important to responders SAVER Summary Short 5 to 10 page Report Summarizes a SAVER comparative assessment report or other Report Written in easy to understand style and format that is useful for the Emergency Responder – “Consumer Report” Style Technical Reports Prepared by SAVER Technical Agent Equipment information important to Emergency Responders Examples include: Focus Group Reports, Assessment Reports, Handbooks, Market Surveys, etc.

14 TechSolutions Mission: To rapidly address technology gaps identified by Federal, State, Local, and Tribal first responders Field prototypical solutions in 12 months Cost should be commensurate with proposal but less than $1M per project Solution should meet 80% of identified requirements Provide a mechanism for Emergency Responders to relay their capability gaps Capability gaps are gathered using a web site ( Gaps are addressed using existing technology, spiral development, and rapid prototyping Emergency Responders partner with DHS from start to finish Rapid Technology Development Target: Solutions Fielded within 1 year, at ~<$1M

15 Nerve Agents/Toxic Gases
TechSolutions Projects Next Generation Breathing Apparatus Ocular Scanning Nerve Agents/Toxic Gases 3-D Location Fire Ground Compass Biometric Identification Carrizo Cane – Bio Agent Next Gen Breathing Apparatus - A self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) designed like a backpack provides responders with a lighter, less bulky compressed air system at a disaster site - Innovative pressure vessel revolutionizes the weight and profile of current SCBA - Reduces responders equip. load to 9.5 lbs. vs. 25 lbs. w/ conventional system - Cores in the harness assembly conform better to the back and flex with movement, permitting increased mobility in confined spaces 3-D Locator - An advanced sensor capability that will enable incident commanders and fire chiefs to know the whereabouts of emergency responders at the scene of a disaster at all times.  - wirelessly transmits inside or outside of structures and through rubble to alert users to the location, within 3 meters, of each firefighter.  Biometric identification – a mobile tool for fingerprinting and identifying people attempting an illegal entry into the country, e.g. used by Border Patrol agents in remote border areas or by Coast Guard when boarding vessels for inspection Carrizo Cane eradication project is striving to control an invasive “giant reed” that obstructs Border Patrol agents’ view of areas of the Southwestern border. Growing as high as 18 feet, the reed is encroaching on access roads, reducing visibility, obscuring illegal activities, and impeding DHS-led operations S&T is sponsoring research to identify and introduce natural predators of Carrizo Cane to impacted areas of the border

16 Umbrella Portal & Technology Communities of Practices
Tech Clearinghouse Rapidly disseminates technology information on products and services to Federal, State, local, Tribal government and private sector entities, in order to encourage technological innovation and facilitate the mission of the Department of Homeland Security. Establishes Central Federal Technology Clearinghouse Issues Announcements for Innovative Solutions Establishes S&T Technical Assessment Teams Provides guidance for the evaluation, purchase, and implementation of homeland security enhancing technologies Provides users with information to develop or deploy technologies that would enhance homeland security Enables technology transfer Umbrella Portal & Technology Communities of Practices

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18 Thank you for your time. And thank you for your dedicated efforts to make the Nation safer. I’ll be happy to take your questions now.

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