The Department of Homeland Security has selected Arizona State University to lead a consortium of academic, industry, government and laboratory partners that aims to optimize DHS’ operational efficiency.
DHS said Monday the new Center of Excellence for Accelerating Operational Efficiency’s will receive $3.9 million to fund its first year of operations in a 10-year grant period.
“As lead institution, Arizona State University will spearhead a consortium of academic, industry, government, and laboratory partners throughout the country to develop advanced analytic tools and technologies,” said Matthew Clark, director of DHS science and technology directorate’s office of university programs.
William Bryan, DHS acting under secretary for science and technology, said CAOE will use analytical tools to help DHS components and other security practitioners boost their operational efficiency.
The center’s research efforts will focus on data analytics; economics; homeland security risk analysis; and operations research and systems analysis.
CAOE will also assist DHS leaders in policy analysis and work with DHS components in the development of tools and technologies that can help achieve measurable efficiency improvements.
DHS COEs are led by U.S. academic institutions and are comprised of researchers and educators that work with DHS agencies to address homeland security challenges.