DHS releases list of research areas to pursue with small businesses

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Reggie Brothers, former under secretary of science and technology at the Department of Homeland Security, and executive vice president & chief technology officer at Peraton discusses the top ten technologies that the department wants to acquire, and the overlap with Pentagon research.


The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate wants to work with small business in 2019. The agency recently published a “top 10” list of technologies they wished to research alongside small business partners. Reggie Brothers, executive vice president & chief technology officer at Peraton, says that some of those technologies could be useful for the Department of Defense.

“When you look at the Department of Defense, where they’re doing AI, autonomy, cyber, where the Army is very concerned about power for the different sensors that dismounts might wear. You have goals in these topic areas that are aligned,” Brothers said. You have things like autonomous vehicles, clear cross‑over interest. You have things like the communications piece, the power modules for the soldiers. These are areas where I think there is mutual interest, but… you need the PMs on both sides to be talking to one another and understanding how they can gain from each other.”