The Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA), operated by the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate, supports cutting-edge research to produce revolutionary changes in technologies and capabilities for homeland security.
Established through the Homeland Security Act of 2002, HSARPA uses innovation and modernization to push scientific limits and produce front line products that support organizations like the Secret Service, bomb squads, first responders, Transportation Security Administration, and borders patrol personnel.
HSARPA conducts analysis to understand these organizations' current missions, systems, and processes and ultimately identifies operational gaps where new technologies can have the most impact. Program managers lead teams of national experts to develop, test, and evaluate these new homeland security technologies and capabilities.
It directs the activities of six technical divisions, thereby encouraging collaboration and enabling the multidisciplinary work that is required for today's R&D. Specifically, it operates the Cyber Security Division, which focuses on creating a safe, secure, and resilient cyber environment.