NATO SPS / DHS S&T announce new jointly funded counter-terrorism research
BRUSSELS – The NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme today announced it is launching two new research projects jointly funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T). These new projects will help counter terrorist threats faced by NATO allies and partner countries.
The Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency will lead the evaluation support for countering violent extremism (CVE) project. This is possible due to financial backing from NATO SPS and DHS S&T. The project aims to create long-term capacity in the evaluation of initiatives to counter violent extremism. It will also improve the effectiveness, transparency and accountability of such programmes. The project team will work with experts from NATO member and partner countries to design and implement programme evaluations which meet local requirements. The project will improve evaluation and provide practical tools and methods for practitioners.
NATO’s Science for Peace and Security Programme is also helping address the potential threats posed by drones. NATO SPS and the U.S. Department for Homeland Security are jointly funding a project to develop technology to counter unmanned aerial systems (CUAS) and to deal with the risk posed to national security by low, slow and small (LSS) threats. The work will be led by Sandia National Laboratories, in collaboration with the University of New Mexico and the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (armasuisse).
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