In establishing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Administration and Congress determined that science and technology should play a key role in the nation s efforts to counter terrorism. Congress included an S&T directorate prominently in the DHS. Within that directorate, is the Office of University Programs, which is responsible for sponsoring a number of homeland security centers of excellence in the nation s universities. These centers are to work on a spectrum of short- and long-range R&D and carry out crosscutting, multidisciplinary work on a variety of threats. To assist it in planning for these centers, TSA asked the NRC to hold a workshop to generate a broad range of ideas to draw on to help define the centers. This report presents the results of that workshop including the major ideas that emerged from the discussions.
National Research Council. University Research Centers of Excellence for Homeland Security: A Summary Report of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2004.
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