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The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate has announced that the department is willing to fund $35 million to develop a new DHS Center of Excellence for Terrorism Prevention and Counterterrorism Research. The DHS has given American universities and colleges the opportunity to submit proposals to work to support the center’s activity.
The terrorist threat is one that is continuously evolving and adapting to technological advances. In an attempt to stay ahead of the developing terrorist tactics, the Center of Excellence for Terrorism Prevention and Counterterrorism Research will support the DHS by advancing academic led research and innovation regarding terrorism and counterterrorism tactics.
Afcea.org mentions that the center will develop solutions that will mitigate terror attacks, as well as research ways to prevent the radicalization of people that turn them into terrorists in the first place. It will also train people how to identify and combat terrorist threats.
The hope is to deliver practical results against terrorism via customer driven, multidisciplinary solutions.
In order for the center to be efficient, it will need people from all areas of academic disciplines from mathematics, to engineering, to data analytics, and more. By taking advantage of the wide range of disciplines the center will be able to better provide innovative solutions against terrorism.