DHS Science and Technology Directorate

The Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is a component within the United States Department of Homeland Security. DHS-S&T serves as the research and development arm of the Department as it fulfills its national security mission.

DHS Science and Technology Directorate
Agency overview
JurisdictionUnited States
HeadquartersDHS Nebraska Avenue Complex, Washington D.C.
Employees491 (2012)
Annual budget$0.8 billion (2012)
Agency executive
  • Dimitri Kusnezov, Under Secretary
Parent agencyDepartment of Homeland Security

The Science and Technology Directorate is led by the Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Science and Technology, who is appointed by the President of the United States with confirmation by the United States Senate. Dimitri Kusnezov is the Under Secretary.

Initiatives and programs

The Under Secretary for Homeland Security Science and Technology currently administers a number of publicly available programs to promote independent development of homeland security technologies.

SAFECOM is the Federal umbrella program designed to foster interoperability among the Nation’s public safety practitioners, so that they may communicate across disciplines and jurisdictions during an emergency.

SAFETY Act provides liability protections that make it feasible for sellers of qualified antiterrorism technologies to introduce homeland security solutions to the marketplace.

Homeland Open Security Technology (HOST) is a five-year, $10 million program to promote the creation and use of open security and open-source software in the United States government and military.[1] In October 2011, the directorate won the Open Source for America 2011 Government Deployment Open Source Award for the program.[2]

Notable previous Under Secretaries include Dr. Tara O'Toole and Dr. Reginald Brothers.[3][4]

The directorate's Office of National Laboratories operates six facilities:[5]


DHS Science and Technology Budget, FY11-13 ($ in thousands) [6]
Line Item FY11 Actual FY12 Actual FY13 Request
Management and Administration140,918135,000138,008
Acquisition and Operations Support47,08054,15447,984
Laboratory Facilities140,000176,500127,432
Research, Development, and Innovation459,690265,783478,048
University Programs39,89036,56340,000
Total Budget827,578668,000831,472

See also

  • Virtual USA


  1. Hsu, Jeremy (2011-05-26). "U.S. Considers Open-Source Software for Cybersecurity". NBC News. Retrieved 2011-10-14.
  2. Rockwell, Mark (2011-10-18). "DHS technology directorate wins awards for cyber security efforts". Government Security News. Retrieved 2011-10-24.
  3. "Former Federal Health, Science And Economic Officials On Government Epidemic Response". NPR. 2020-03-20. Retrieved 2021-02-18.
  4. "Peraton Names Former DHS Under Secretary Reginald Brothers as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer". Business Wire. 2018-01-16. Retrieved 2021-02-18.
  5. "National Laboratories". Department of Homeland Security. 2009-07-06. Retrieved 2022-01-08.
  6. "Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Budget Budget in Brief, DHS, pg 169" (PDF). Department of Homeland Security. 2012. Retrieved 2011-08-29.
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