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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  • View from the end of the Ilulissat Icefjord to the town Ilulissat at the Disko Bay in western Greenland at midnight in July, photo by renelo/Getty Images

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    Climate Change and U.S. Security in the Arctic

    Sep 19, 2019

    The Arctic's ongoing changes in climate promote both challenges and opportunities. These are influenced by technology, economic, and other factors. Why does climate change in the Arctic matter? And what does the United States need to do about it from a security perspective?

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    The Role of Intellectual Property in U.S. Homeland Security

    Sep 19, 2019

    As rapid technological innovation has led to reliance on an array of technical and software-based systems, intellectual property (IP) is an increasingly important component of mission success. IP initiatives at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) offer opportunities for operational improvement.

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    Characterization of the Synthetic Opioid Threat Profile to Inform Inspection and Detection Solutions

    Sep 9, 2019

    The opioid overdose crisis has accelerated in recent years because of the arrival of potent synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl and related substances. Analysis of regional trends can help inform decisions about how and where to deploy law enforcement interventions.

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