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IDA Expert Technical and Analytic Support to DHS Missions

In 2003, IDA’s nearly 50-year history of addressing the greatest challenges facing the nation expanded to include the Department of Homeland Security; the broader inter-agency community supporting homeland security efforts; and State, local, and private sector homeland security partners. IDA’s research into the HSE encompasses the full spectrum of challenges from acquisition of homeland security technologies to the study of policy and regulation. This DHS research supports the five homeland security enterprise-wide core missions as identified on the DHS website:

Prevent Terrorism and Enhance Security


Secure and Manage Borders

  • DHS PPBE Support and Program Analysis
  • United States Coast Guard Intelligence in the Near Future (FY13-18)


Enforce and Administer Immigration Laws

No research related to this mission area has yet been cleared for public release.

Safeguard and Secure Cyberspace

  • An Integrated Approach for Physical and Cyber Security Risk Assessment: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Common Risk Model for Dams
  • Improving Governance and Budget Execution Oversight at the DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) 
  • Operational Test and Evaluation of the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) Program in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 
  • Operational Test & Evaluation of the National Cybersecurity Protection Systems (NCPS) In the Department of Homeland Security


Enhance Resilience to Disasters

  • Domestic Fixed-Wing Airlift Requirements
  • Protection Table Top Exercises
  • Environmental Surveillance Analysis of Alternatives


Strategies and Initiatives

  • DHS Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE) Development
  • Homeland Security Information Sharing


Dr. Mussington

IDA’s Dr. David Mussington served as panelist at Center for Cyber Conflict Studies Workshop, U.S. Naval War College, September 22, 2015. (U.S. Navy photo by Daniel L. Kuester/Released)

Dr. Deena Disraelly

IDA’s Dr. Deena Disraelly Keynotes the 3rd Annual Women in Security Leadership Forum, June 2016.

IDA’s Border Security Analyst Team during fact-finding trip to border crossing locations across the southwest U.S.

IDA’s Border Security Analyst Team during fact-finding trip to border crossing locations across the southwest U.S.