Deploying Homeland Security Technology

Posted: 1 Dec 2009

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Albert Link

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Greensboro - Department of Economics

Vincent C Henrich

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2003


The success of the Department of Homeland Security depends on the efficiency with which new technologies are created and deployed. Written records and other relevant documents pertaining to the Homeland Security Act of 2002 are analyzed to evaluate the administration's understanding of the innovation process and relevant factors that influence the efficient deployment of new technology. To assess the Administration's emphasis on technology, a new "entrepreneurial process" model is offered and compared to the "solicitation-based" model proposed for the Department of Homeland Security. It is recommended that the Homeland Security Institute take up an information broker role by effectively establishing communication channels. These channels will enable scientists and engineers to articulate infrastructure needs and standards which they expect would be needed to bring to market technologies relevant to homeland security and will enable scientists in the federal laboratory system to publicize the resource base of their expertise in various standards development areas. This, in turn, will enable scientists and engineers in industries, federal labs and universities to work in the areas of competitive advantages to enhance market mechanisms rather than altering or replacing them and to reduce the risk of government intervention. It will also serve an important public sector objective: to make accessible scientific knowledge that is available with various actors under the government’s purview. (VRS)

Keywords: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Innovation process, Technology transfer, Cooperation, Public policies, Federal laboratories, Defense industry

Suggested Citation

Link, Albert N. and Henrich, Vincent C, Deploying Homeland Security Technology (2003). University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership Historical Research Reference in Entrepreneurship, Available at SSRN:

Albert N. Link (Contact Author)

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Greensboro - Department of Economics ( email )

Greensboro, NC 27402-6165
United States
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Vincent C Henrich

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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