Charged with heading-off the threat of terrorism here and from abroad, it’s difficult to comprehend the breadth of the mission given the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). With technology and threats evolving rapidly, it’s like looking into a crystal ball and coming up with answers to questions that haven’t yet been asked. But that’s the job Reginald Brothers faces every day.
Brothers, the DHS Undersecretary for Science and Technology, heads the agency’s Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), which leverages the resources of innovators in government, industry, academia and international partners to stave off threats of a mass shooting, a dirty bomb attack, a biological attack, terrorism in the air, poisoning of the food supply, cyber attacks, threats to the electrical grid — and more. It’s a sobering reality.
“We have an incredibly large mission-set, and a limited budget,” said Brothers in an interview with Nicole Ogrysko for the Federal Drive with Tom Temin. “The challenge is to decide what we actually do research on.”