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January 2015

Homeland Security

Chain link fence protecting American border

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Homeland Security Issues in the New Congress

Welcome to the 114th Congress! To make sure you and your Member are armed with the latest evidence to help inform your legislative agenda and policy decision-making, I wanted to introduce you to the non-profit, non-partisan RAND Corporation and the resources available to you.

RAND has been a trusted source for Congressional staff for decades. Our experts have testified on a variety of homeland security topics in recent years, including cyber security, terrorism, border security and immigration policy, and DHS management issues. We have researchers studying many of the homeland security issues that will likely come up in the 114th Congress.

Featured Research

Immigration And Border Security

Homeland Security Investigations agents capture Mexican national wanted for kidnapping

Photo by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Measuring the Effectiveness of Border Security Between Ports of Entry

Testimony before the House Science Committee: Strategic Planning for Border Security

Op-ed: Border Security is Key to Immigration Reform

Blog post: Prior Removal and Recidivism

Cyber Security

Network hub and patch cables

Photo by Jakub Pavlinec/ThinkStock

Hackers Wanted: An Examination of the Cybersecurity Labor Market

Testimony before the House Homeland Security Committee: Managing September 12th in Cyberspace

Blog post: After a Year of Major Hacks, 2015 Resolutions to Bolster Cyber Security

Hacker's Bazaar: Markets for Cybercrime Tools

Emergency Response

A bulldozer is parked in the Queens borough of New York where a concrete foundation is all that remains of a house that burned to the ground during Superstorm Sandy

Photo by Mark Lennihan/AP

The Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force's Infrastructure Resilience Guidelines

Commentary: Ebola Shows American Needs Better Disaster Preparedness

Testimony before the House Homeland Security Committee: Applying Lessons Learned from Past Response Operations to Strengthening National Preparedness


A pair of U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fly over northern Iraq after conducting airstrikes against ISIL targets

Photo by Senior Airman Matthew Bruch/U.S. Air Force

When Jihadis Come Marching Home

Testimony before the House Financial Services Committee: Countering ISIL's Financing

Commentary: War with ISIS: What Does Victory Look Like?

A Persistent Threat: The Evolution of al Qa'ida and Other Salafi Jihadists

DHS Management

U.S. Representative John Carter (R-TX), left, and U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Capitol Hill

Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Reducing the Cost and Risk of Acquisitions at DHS

Testimony before the House Homeland Security Committee: Building on the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review to Improve Effectiveness and Efficiency at DHS

Blog post: Improving DHS Accountability for Acquisitions

Testimony before the House Homeland Security Committee: Strengthening Strategic Planning & Management at DHS

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Winfield Boerckel
Director, Office of Congressional Relations

Henry Willis
Director, RAND Homeland Security and Defense Center

Laura Patton
Legislative Analyst

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