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Since the September 11, 2001 attacks, IDA has been focused on research and methodologies that can help build a secure, resilient nation. Our staff, which includes of former military and law enforcement officers, emergency management and public health officials, and former civil servants, knows that keeping our communities safe requires communication and partnership. A number of IDA’s on-going research efforts are designed to build relationships between the public and private sector, between Federal, State, and local officials, and between Federal agencies. These relationships ensure that all parties have access to a range of research methods and talent to support our common cause: making America safer.

 
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IDA has a 60-year history of recruiting and retaining high quality analysts to support research efforts. Part of these efforts include recruiting and training the next generation of homeland security analysts. Drawing from the nation’s best universities and a range of operational communities, IDA’s next generation researchers work collaboratively with senior researchers and the sponsor to tackle real-life problems. Here, IDA researchers present the results of a study tracking disease progression in Africa during the recent Ebola outbreak.




 



The security of our nation’s critical infrastructure, from stadiums, high profile events, and dams to the cyberspace, is just one aspect of IDA’s homeland security research. Drawing from Federal and private sector security personnel, risk experts, and economists, IDA works with DHS, DoD, and other stakeholders on assessing homeland security technologies, developing measures of effectiveness for homeland security solutions, and integrating homeland security stakeholders through working groups and exercises. Key to IDA’s success is the ability to draw on our multi-disciplinary staff to ensure that the right staff with the right expertise is available at the right time.

 


 

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Planning and preparedness are key to building a resilient nation. Analyzing emergency response and public preparedness plans are just two ways IDA brings together Federal, State, local and private sector HSE partners. IDA researchers also help develop tools to aid in making decisions about homeland security investments, plans for responding to emergency situations, and training for homeland security analysts, officials, and operators. The combination of analytically driven decision making, careful planning, and sound, recurring training form the backbone of IDA’s preparedness portfolio.


 
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