Welcome to the National Conversation on Homeland Security Technology!


The National Conversation is intended to bring together everyone to play a role in shaping the future of homeland security technology. This means responders, operational users, citizens, academia, and industry. Through this forum, we will help each other better understand the homeland security market, apply innovation, and create outcomes that will help keep us all safer while minimizing disruption to the pace of daily life.


Get ready to talk about Flood Resilience!

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Floods are the most common and destructive natural disaster in the United States—90 percent of all national disasters involve flooding. Following a flood event, there is very little time to ensure future community investment decisions are informed by lessons-learned, state-of-the-art engineering solutions and technologies. Decisions made in the compressed response timeframe can shape a community’s resilience for years to come.

To help address these challenges, the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) developed its Flood Apex program, which is aimed to create a decision support system-of-systems for community risk assessment and resilience planning. The Flood Apex will culminate in the development of the National Flood Decision Support Toolbox, which will help users in making operational and investment decisions.

This spring, S&T will launch its Flood Resilience dialogue in order to obtain your input on what is needed—on a whole-of-community basis—to enhance community protection, flood impact mitigation, flood response, and community recovery. As a registered user within the S&T Collaboration Community, you will receive notification of the dialogue’s launch date.

In the meantime, what specific Flood Resilience topics would you like the National Conversation community to talk about? Tell us what is important to you!


The following discussion topics are now closed, but you can access the archives by following the links below. Stay tuned for posted material that will showcase discussion highlights and cross-cutting themes!

You can also participate in discussions on other issues important to homeland security, public safety, emergency management, and the overall resilience of our critical infrastructure and our nation’s communities!

1. Responder of the Future: ensuring that responders and operational users are protected, connected, and fully aware.

2. Enable the Decision Maker: ensuring that actionable information is available at the speed of thought.

3. Screening at Speed: ensuring that security matches the pace of life.

4. A Trusted Cyber Future: ensuring protection of privacy, commerce, and community.

5. Transforming Airport Borders: ensuring secure and efficient airport border operations.

6. Bio/Agro Security Innovation: ensuring protection of our country from foreign animal and emerging diseases.

7. Resilient Communities: disaster-proofing society.

8. Mass Transit Security: protecting our railways and subways.

If you have any questions, send us an email!


The DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is the primary research and development arm of the Department of Homeland Security and manages science and technology research, from development through transition, for the Department's operational components and first responders to protect the homeland. Since its inception, S&T has worked with stakeholders in the field to develop cutting-edge tools and technologies that enhance the capabilities of stakeholders throughout the homeland security enterprise

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PLEASE NOTE: This is an unclassified, public facing website that will include a participation from a wide range of stakeholders, including industry, academia, state, local, tribal and territorial governments and foreign government partners. Information that is discussed or posted on the Collaboration site must be non-sensitive, and appropriate for the aforementioned audience. As with any open forum, please remember that on the Collaboration site you should not discuss or post sensitive technical, classified, for official use only, export-controlled, proprietary, trade secret or privacy information. The disclosure of critical or sensitive information poses a risk even if it is reasonably expected that it is already available in the public domain.

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