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October 12, 2006

Heritage looks at international R&D for HLS

Filed under: International HLS,Technology for HLS — by Christian Beckner on October 12, 2006

The Heritage Foundation issued a report within the last week by James Carafano, Jonah Czerwinski, and Richard Weitz entitled “Homeland Security Technology, Global Partnerships, and Winning the Long War.” The report provides a solid overview of the current state of international homeland security R&D cooperation, and offers several recommendations about how the U.S. federal government can enhance this cooperation:

  • Leverage NATO, including its Security through Science and Partnership for Peace Trust Funds programs;
  • Apply lessons learned through the Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP);
  • Establish an online clearinghouse of homeland security technologies;
  • Apply export control regulations in a way that distinguishes more clearly between technologies that have a military purpose and those that have a homeland security and/or law enforcement purpose – and govern the latter by the Export Administration Regulation at the Dept. of Commerce.

For more on this topic, see this previous post on H.R. 4942, a bill in the House put forward this year that focused on this issue.

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