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National Security Directorate

Homeland Security Sector

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) stewards an extensive portfolio supporting the Homeland Security Enterprise, covering all phases of innovation — research and development, engineering, testing, deployment, training, and operations. Our staff were on the ground when the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was being formed and remain heavily involved and deeply committed to the mission of protecting our nation from accidental, intentional, and natural disasters.

PNNL's priority is to work with federal program managers and stakeholders to identify needs, create scientific approaches and technologies to meet those needs, deploy and test those approaches and technologies, and use the results to continue to inform the science and technology development process. Additionally, the Homeland Security Act of 2002 authorizes special access to PNNL, and DOE's network of other National Laboratories, to assist any component of DHS in accomplishing its mission.

PNNL also engages regional partners through the Northwest Regional Technology Center (NWRTC) for Homeland Security. The NWRTC serves as a model for bringing together state, local, tribal, private sector, and regional agencies and jurisdictions involved in all aspects of homeland security — prevention, detection, response, and recovery — and helps build regional resilience.

Chris Aardahl
Manager, Homeland Security Sector
Phone: (509) 375-7210

National Security Directorate


Chris Aardahl
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