The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) faces complex challenges in preventing terrorism, managing U.S. borders, enforcing and administering immigration laws, safeguarding cyberspace, and strengthening national preparedness and resilience. To help address these challenges, RAND operates the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC) for DHS. HSOAC is a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) that conducts studies and analysis for federal sponsors.

Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center

HSOAC analyses focus on seven functional areas that cut across DHS mission categories

Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yered, the Coast Guard's fourth Sentinel Class patrol boat

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Acquisition and Development

  • Acquisition studies
  • R&D studies
  • Innovation and technology acceleration
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Strategy, Policy, and Operations

  • Organizational studies
  • Regulatory, doctrine, and policy studies
  • Operational analysis
  • Homeland security threat and opportunity studies

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