Homeland Security looks to fast-track technology development

"Federal officials are contemplating a shift to a faster, two-year schedule for fielding security innovations at border checkpoints and other domestic locations that support homeland security.

The traditional government procurement cycle can prolong system testing, alone, for half a decade. Officials describe “rapid prototyping” as a relatively novel process for small-scale manufacturing in the defense sector. With shorter production periods, the Homeland Security Department could supply its partner state and local agencies with the latest tools, they said.

This building approach, for example, could facilitate faster installation of border surveillance sensors to stop illicit crossings, DHS officials suggested. In cities, rapid prototyping could enable public health authorities to immediately diagnose symptoms of biological attacks and monitor their spread. Cybersecurity protections could be upgraded faster, to keep pace with evolving threats".

http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2013/01/homeland-security-looks-fast-track-technology-development/60849/