DHS seeks multipurpose technology

Homeland Security Department officials intend to fund the development of technology that can be used to fight not just terrorism, but other emergencies, too, according to chief information officer Steve Cooper.

Cooper, who spoke Tuesday at the Networked Economy Summit sponsored by George Mason University School of Law, told the gathering of industry officials that DHS is under a mandate from the Bush administration to develop multiple-use technology.

"It must be at least dual-purpose," he said.

Technology should be available for multiple uses because "I sure don't want to be looking up in a guide what to do for the first time when a terrorist emergency occurs," Cooper said.

"We would not want to rely on some solution used only for that purpose," he said.

Cooper, echoing sentiments from a speech he gave earlier this week, also said the federal government will have to provide the money for a national infrastructure to share information in the same way the government built the interstate highway system in the 1950s.

"The federal government needs to fund the backbone," he said, while state and local governments would be in charge of the "on- and offramps."

He also told conference attendees that DHS officials plan to have a virtual private network in place by December 2004.

"We do need to put one DHS infrastructure in place," Cooper said. "Some things we will keep. Some things we will throw away."

Featured

  • Defense
    Soldiers from the Old Guard test the second iteration of the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) capability set during an exercise at Fort Belvoir, VA in Fall 2019. Photo by Courtney Bacon

    IVAS and the future of defense acquisition

    The Army’s Integrated Visual Augmentation System has been in the works for years, but the potentially multibillion deal could mark a paradigm shift in how the Defense Department buys and leverages technology.

  • Cybersecurity
    Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lora Ratliff)

    Mayorkas announces cyber 'sprints' on ransomware, ICS, workforce

    The Homeland Security secretary announced a series of focused efforts to address issues around ransomware, critical infrastructure and the agency's workforce that will all be launched in the coming weeks.

Stay Connected