Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center

HSOAC: Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center

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.

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

HSOAC is housed within the RAND Homeland Security Research Division.

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  • A woman speaking in a community meeting, photo by Hero Images/Getty Images

    How to Strengthen Terrorism Prevention Efforts

    Feb 14, 2019

    Shortfalls in national terrorism prevention efforts have come not only from limited programmatic focus and resource investment, but also from critics seeking to constrain or halt such efforts. The most effective path for the U.S. government would be to support state, local, nongovernmental, and private terrorism prevention efforts rather than building capabilities itself.

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    An Assessment of the Joint Requirements Council's (JRC) Organization and Staffing

    Sep 6, 2018

    How can the Department of Homeland Security Joint Requirements Council be more efficient, effective, and better plan for the future?

  • 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 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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