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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  • Lorton, Virginia, June 6, 2017: Elizabeth and Ventoux, a canine/handler team with Virginia Task Force 1, participate in a training drill. They practiced searching for people trapped within the rubble pile.


    HSOAC Annual Report 2016–2017

    May 7, 2018

    The Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC) provides the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with independent and objective analysis in support of policy development, decisionmaking, alternative approaches, and new ideas on issues of significance. The HSOAC 2016–2017 Annual Report offers an overview of HSOAC capabilities and highlights how RAND is supporting the DHS mission.

  • A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka Jayhawk helicopter crew conducts vertical replenishment training with the crew aboard Coast Guard Cutter Maple in Southeast Alaska's Western Channel


    U.S. Coast Guard Faces Capability Gaps in the Arctic

    Apr 11, 2018

    It is becoming more important to determine how to operate in the Arctic, given changing climate conditions and the potential for increased activity that may demand more frequent U.S. government presence. Identifying gaps in capabilities now could help the U.S. Coast Guard mitigate future challenges.

  • A Coast Guard ship tied up at sunset


    Analysis of the Coast Guard Cost Estimating Workforce

    Apr 11, 2018

    What gaps exist in Coast Guard cost-estimating ability? What alternatives are available to bridge those gaps?

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