DHS secretary issues statement on R&D activities

DHS Secretary, Jeh Johnson
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson released a statement regarding the unification of research and development efforts and activity, explaining that integrated product teams (IPTs) have been established to coordinate research and development activity across the department and prioritize activity.

Research and development activity is placed in several areas including biological threat countermeasures, border security, counterterrorism, aviation security, disaster resilience and cybersecurity.
   
He also explained that the Undersecretary for Science and Technology will act as the lead over this initiative.
   
"The ever-evolving security needs of the Nation demand focused and prioritized research and development that informs DHS’s acquisition decisions," Johnson said in the statement. "With the measure announced today, we will ensure that the department’s R&D efforts -- and those of our partners from across academia, national labs, the federal government, and industry -- are most effectively brought to bear on the nation’s most pressing homeland security needs."
  
According to the announcement, IPTs will enable the department to pursue comprehensive approaches to research activity and a more complete understanding of activities related to this area of the department. Johnson said this initiative will also promote appropriate and responsible use of taxpayer-funded projects and will promote efficiency and efficacy of DHS development and research.

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