National Security


Homeland Security Programs

The Homeland Security Programs support the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), other federal and state agencies, and commercial partners. Through the integration of a number of key competencies, ORNL is able to provide critical operational, technical, and scientific support to these sponsors. A key focus of this area is to translate the critical research into operational capability for the security, protection, response, and recovery of the nation against natural and man-made events.

Research Areas

  • detecting, preventing, and reversing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction
  • deploying integrated systems for incident awareness, detection, and response
  • providing technology for detecting explosives at the part-per-trillion level
  • delivering enhanced protection and new capabilities to first responders and warfighters
  • developing improved forensic methodologies for law enforcement agencies

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