Strategy, Policy and Operations Program

Through research and analysis, the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC) helps DHS evaluate risks of terrorist and natural threats, adapt doctrine, policy and plans, and conduct more effective operations.

Program Director

What We Do

  • Organizational Studies

    HSOAC helps DHS address the complexities of meshing diverse organizational structures and cultures, for example, by assessing workforce and performance management efforts, aligning organizational structure to mission requirements, and developing strategies that help organizations meet the requirements set out in law and policy.

  • Operational Analysis

    HSOAC helps DHS conduct missions more effectively and efficiently by assessing mission requirements, designing evaluations, and developing sophisticated performance metrics that capture security outcomes and effects on a broad range of outcomes, including intangible factors such as privacy and civil liberties.

  • Regulatory, Doctrine, and Policy (RD&P) Studies

    To help DHS respond to external RD&P changes and effectively employ RD&P in pursuit of the department’s safety, security, and risk-management responsibilities, HSOAC provides wide-ranging support—from regulatory impact analysis to strategies-to-tasks mapping for examining organizational doctrine and governance issues.

  • Homeland Security Threat and Opportunity Studies

    HSOAC supports DHS's understanding of terrorist and natural threats, and provides the department forecasting capability and the ability to improve the accuracy and effectiveness of forecasts over time. Additionally, HSOAC provides analyses of how threats and opportunities affect risk across the broad spectrum of homeland security missions.