Homeland Security Research Division

The Homeland Security Research Division (HSRD) is the research unit within RAND that houses the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center, an FFRDC operated by RAND under contract with the Department of Homeland Security. HSRD also serves as the platform by which RAND communicates relevant research from across its units with the broader homeland security enterprise.

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  • Two women await the arrival of U.S Border Patrol riverine agents in an air boat to pick them up as they are evacuated from a flooded subdivision near Houston, Texas, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey August 30, 2017.

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    Assessing Social Equity in Disaster Preparation, Response, and Recovery

    Nov 16, 2021

    In this webinar, senior social scientist Melissa Finucane reviews the complex nature of social equity--including contextual, procedural, and distributional equity dimensions--and how a robust, evidence-based approach is needed to measure progress toward equity in disaster contexts.

  • Crew members from Coast Guard Station Grand Haven, Michigan aboard a 47-foot Motor Life Boat train during a period of heavy weather

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    Shaping Coast Guard Culture to Enhance the Future Workforce

    Nov 1, 2021

    To cultivate an effective future workforce, the U.S. Coast Guard is purposefully considering ways to reshape its organizational culture. Changing parts of the culture of a large, complex organization is difficult. A RAND Perspective examines how to effect change at this scale.

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    Challenges in Implementing Physical Security Measures in K–12 Schools

    Jun 3, 2021

    Creating safe and secure environments is essential to supporting effective teaching and learning in America's classrooms. What are the most common challenges to physical security planning in schools?

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