S&T’s Under Secretary still wants to talk to you! Since assuming the role of Under Secretary for Science and Technology at the Department of Homeland Security in April 2014, Dr. Reginald Brothers has been shaking things up. In the past 10 months, he has launched a series of new initiatives, all with a single goal—to transform the way the federal government conducts research and development (R&D). These exciting changes not only strengthen the nation’s security, they’re opening up conversations on what technologies are needed three, five, 10, and even 20 years into the future.
The traditional model for federal R&D is based on decades-old assumptions that no longer hold true to our current environment. Rapid advances in technology, combined with evolving threats and risks, require S&T to take a more agile approach to R&D. Dr. Brothers is guiding the directorate on this new path by refocusing how we approach homeland security challenges and changing the way we engage with industry—big and small. From the development of S&T’s Visionary Goals to the new approach to Apex programs and now the National Conversation on Homeland Security and Technology, Dr. Brothers wants to generate innovative thinking within the nation’s industrial base to find solutions for homeland security challenges.
On Wednesday, March 11, Dr. Brothers will discuss this new approach to innovation during S&T’s monthly Twitter Chat. Please join us online from 1:00 to 2:00 pm ET for a lively discussion about the future of S&T. Submit your questions and comments to before, during, or after the chat, and use the #STTechTalk hashtag to engage in the two-way discussion.