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The overarching objective of the California Homeland Security Consortium (CHSC) is to develop a model national resource hub in the Monterey Bay area to:

  • promote undergraduate and graduate programs focused on national security.
  • conduct research on critical issues in homeland security.
  • conduct field trials of technology and operational processes, policies and doctrines among participating agencies at all levels of government and industry.
  • facilitate planning among communities and organizations to prevent or mitigate the effects of HLS incidents.
  • create a "hot" backup capability to remediate the effects of major incidents, such as natural disasters, that result in loss of normal services for the community.
  • work with local community colleges to develop a robust Transportation Security Administration (TSA) training program leading to an Associate of Arts (AA) degree

CHSC DiagramThe CHSC model will be applicable for scaling and adoption to other regions of the nation. Lessons learned and collaboratively developed knowledge will be made available to all organizations, cities, counties, states, and federal agencies in a variety of delivery formats including an online collaborative knowledge sharing site, published technical reports, case studies, and rigorous academic studies.

Local government and communities must focus on continually improving their ability to: (1) prevent, (2) manage and, (3) remediate the effects of Homeland Security (HLS) incidents in their communities. A number of California higher education and research organizations already are working together to address these concerns, and are prepared to expand their capacity and capabilities to further assist California and the Nation in meeting these challenges.

Unique Advantages of the Proposed CHSC

The Monterey Bay area and California region provides a unique venue for the Consortium in a variety of ways including:
  1. The region has the capacity to expand already extensive field experimentation programs conducted by the Naval Postgraduate School, LLNL, UCSB, UCSC, and Monterey County to provide California and the nation with a HLS scenario based field experimentation program for the evaluation of off-the-shelf components and consortium developed HLS integrated systems. In particular, NPS has more than 1,800 active duty military officer-students from the US and sixty allied nations with expertise in the deployment of technology and the development of complex logistics and operational procedures for defense and national security applications. Monterey is the only place in the world that has this unique human resource with access to field experimentation and trials.
  2. The Consortium has the capabilities required to address the operational need for rapid restoration of communications, interoperability among all organizations, and timely coordination of information and resources. The key questions of sustainability, scalability and how new technologies can be incorporated into planning will be incorporated into any program addressing these requirements.
  3. The Monterey region provides a venue for HLS education and research with unique advantages over other regions of the USA because of:
  • the number and range of government, higher education and research institutions that are clustered over a relatively small geographic area
  • the long-standing, positive track record of collaborative work and results among the potential member organizations and agencies
  • the ability to leverage well supported, DoD and DHS established field experimentation capabilities for testing and evaluation of concepts of operation and technologies.
  • world renowned language and cultural studies expertise across several institutions

CHSC Leadership Team

"The Consortium Executive Director, Dr. Dan Boger, in collaboration with Dr. Leonard Ferrari, NPS Provost, and Dr. Christine Haska, NPS CIO, provide input on Consortium education and research priorities." NPS has also initiated continuing discussions with government agencies and universities located in San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco for collaboration with the CHSC.

Areas of focus for the CHSC are described using three "pillars" - Research, Education and Industry. Each area will function independently from the other, yet contribute to the strong infrastructure that is built from the collaboration of each area.
  • Research
    + "Model County" Interoperability Field Trial (+ 4 yr plan)
  • Education
    + Four Workshops (Res., Ed., Industry, Infras.)
  • Industry
    + Participation in Field Studies: Gap analysis, Requirements & Prototyping
    + Cooperation with UCSB and UCSC

Capabilities of Consortium Membership

Each member organization has a variety of educational and research capabilities that can contribute to the overall goals of the Consortium. For example,
  • UCSC has research expertise in HLS areas such as information and network systems/security, sensor networks and HLS relevant educational programs such as computer science.
  • UCSB has research expertise in HLS related areas such as biometrics, object tracking and recognition, remote sensing networks, communications networking and relevant educational programs including computer engineering, electrical and mechanical engineering, applied physics, public administration, and economics
  • CSUMB has a variety of relevant undergraduate degree programs, such as environmental sciences, public administration, business and computer sciences that can offer emphases in HLS.
  • MIIS has a world class MBA and international relations program including policy studies
  • The Monterey College of Law has an expertise in legal and ethical issues relating to HLS topical areas
  • Hartnell and MPC (community) colleges educate first responders and TSA personnel who can participate in Consortium organized events such as field experiments and exercises.
  • DMDC is a leading practitioner of the authentication and biomedical identification research that are critical HLS activities
  • FNMOC has very high performance, large scale computing and modeling capabilities that can be applied to HLS problems (dispersion, combustion, etc.)
  • The USDA-ARC has an emphasis in developing and implementing agricultural safety standards and practices
In its leadership role, NPS provides unique capabilities in a wide variety of technical, scientific and educational areas that are directly relevant to HLS, including:
    • A large research effort in the improvised explosive device (IED) problem that has become a major area of concern for the US military, DHS and our international partners.
    • Field experimentation in areas of high importance to first responders and HLS related local, national, and international organizations such as communications network interoperability, sensor and surveillance technologies, hastily formed mobile computing and networking capabilities, biometric identification in harsh environments, maritime and port security operations and supporting tracking technologies, satellite communications, and computer-network vulnerability testing
    • Research and certification capabilities and expertise in the areas of information assurance, multi-level security and hardware-software protection
    • Ongoing accredited graduate degree programs and certificate education programs for senior level HLS organizations' personnel and first responders
    • 1800 (including 300 internationals from 60 nations) experienced military officers in masters and Ph.D. programs across technology, policy and business programs.

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