Northwest Regional Technology Center

The Northwest Regional Technology Center for Homeland Security is a virtual resource, operated by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, to support local and regional preparedness, resiliency, response, and recovery.

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The NWRTC enables homeland security solutions for emergency responder communities, federal, state, and local agencies, and private sector stakeholders in the Northwest and beyond. We lead collaborative efforts between technology developers and federal, state, local, and tribal users to:

  • Identify critical technology needs and requirements to influence the federal R&D agenda.
  • Enable technology testing and evaluation.
  • Provide unbiased information to support acquisition and/or implementation.
  • Accelerate technology development and deployment.

Transforming regional engagement

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Our center connects PNNL researchers and capabilities with private and public stakeholders to address current and emerging challenges in:

  • Resilience, response, and recovery
  • First responder technology
  • Cybersecurity
  • Autonomous systems
  • Transportation security
  • Security systems
  • Health and homeland security
  • Chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats

Around the Region in Homeland Security

Highlights in the March 2021 issue include:

  • Visualization tool explores national response framework
  • Cybersecurity maturity model helps secure grid technologies
  • Community dialogues explore regional pandemic response
  • Lesperance joins hazard mitigation, resilience committee


Toll-free: 888-347-6983 

Ann Lesperance, Director, | (206) 528-3223

Ryan Eddy, Deputy Director, | (509) 372-6622

Rob Jasper, Deputy Director, | (509) 371-6430

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