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Terrorism presents major challenges to the security of this country. Programs in APL's Homeland Protection Mission Area are focused on securing the United States and its interests against asymmetric, terrorist-type attacks of catastrophic consequence through applied technology and systems engineering. Defeating chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) weapons is our central challenge.

The terrorism threat is diverse, so homeland protection efforts require critical contributions covering a broad range of needed technologies and systems that span many science and engineering disciplines. We apply a strong systems engineering discipline to programs that primarily support the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). These efforts encompass protecting and deterring terrorist-type attacks, responding to threats and hazards, reducing vulnerabilities, limiting potential damage, and enhancing response and recovery. Our focus is on helping sponsors solve immediate problems while continually looking ahead to identify the next threats and the countering technologies to foil them.