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DHS Head Calls for Science in Public Service

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March 18, 2011
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire
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via The Epoch Times

BOSTON–As the first female speaker for the annual Karl Taylor Compton Lecture Series at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano outlined the ever-changing challenges Homeland Security faces. She said that harnessing science and technology to meet the needs of Homeland Security is critical to the nation’s continual security and prosperity.

The Department of Homeland Security was formed eight years ago in one of the largest reorganizations of federal government since formation of the Department of Defense, which involved 22 agencies and departments. It was formed with the belief that “one can only tackle as complex as securing a homeland if you brought together the different kinds of expertise and multiple resources that exist across the government,” Napolitano said. “Though we have made considerable progress, we have a way to go to thoroughly integrate our functions and capabilities.”

MIT is a leader of technological innovation that the nation and the military has traditionally tapped. They have formed successful collaborations on critical projects. It was a congenial setting for Napolitano’s speech about science as an integral and indispensable part of Homeland Security, and her pitch to recruit some of the bright talents there.

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