Prior to beginning work on this discussion, read your primary text. One of the strengths of America is the use of science and technology to solve issues facing us. During the 1960s, President Kennedy focused America on the Space Race, and after 9/11, President Bush focused us on the War on Terrorism. One of the largest line items in the DHS budget is research and development. These efforts have an impact on the future ability of the Department of Homeland Security to meet the challenges facing us in the future.
As you review the programs in the DHS research and development budget of Introduction to Homeland Security: Principles of All-Hazards Risk Management, where are limited funds most effectively spent? Should there be a focus on off-the-shelf technology? Should the focus be on detection of hazards, disrupting terrorism, or first responder preparedness and response? Select one initiative, and assume you are the program director for the initiative and advocate for additional funding in next year's budget. Of course, if your program is to be funded, that will mean someone else's program will be cut, so make sure you build value and the need for your program. If your program is not fully funded, what will the impact be on homeland security?
Your initial post must be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from the required material and/or other scholarly or official government sources. Using APA formatting, cite your sources within your paragraph, and include reference entries for your sources at the end of the post as well.