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Executive Summary

The Homeland Security Community of Best Practices (HS CoBP) is the new strategic arm and tactical day-to-day team of experts at the Air Force Institute of Technology to support the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in test and evaluation (T&E). The HS CoBP officially began 1 October 2020, with the mission to conduct roundtable events to foster innovative, quality, and agile activities to build an authoritative community of strategic professionals from government, industry, and academia to author critical area T&E best practice guidebooks to ultimately assess and assist acquisition programs.

This Concept of Operations guides how the HS CoBP professional community will support the DHS by owning the T&E domain space, to 1) create and maintain a relevant library of current T&E literature, 2) maintain an active homeland community roster of government, industry, and academia subject matter experts; 3) provide a thorough knowledge of all the types of tests and resulting evaluations; 4) understand or prognosticate present and future homeland security vulnerabilities to inform test and evaluation strategies; and 5) create and maintain critical area T&E best practice guidebooks.

To achieve the vision and mission of the HS CoBP will require both a strategic and tactical focus. The strategic focus will be by critical area considering T&E in DHS programs today while looking ahead 3-10 years. The strategic team will author best practice in the following nine critical areas:

1.         Information Technology 

2.         Cyber Security and Resilience 

3.         Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems

4.         Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems

5.         Cloud Technologies 

6.         Sub-terrain (Cross Border Tunnels) Detection Technologies

7.         Systems Reliability

8.         Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear and Explosives Detection and Interdiction

9.         Scientific Test and Analysis Techniques

In contrast, the tactical focus will be more hands-on, to assist programs advance along the DHS acquisition lifecycle. The tactical teams Department of Homeland Security support will mirror and leverage the DoD support by the Scientific Test and Analysis Techniques Center of Excellence (STAT COE) in its ability to provide key expert support in each of the nine critical areas above.

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