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.