NIHS Links

Homeland Security Related Trade Bodies, Associations, & Centers


  1. U. S. Department of Homeland Security:
  2. American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)
  3. American Correctional Association (ACA)
  4. Association of American Railroads (AAR)
  5. Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International
  6. Association of Telecommunications Professionals in State Government (NASTD)
  7. Electronic Evidence Information Center
  8. Federal Wireless Users Forum (FWUF)
  9. Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council for Critical Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security
  10. Georgia Tech Information Security Center
  11. Government Innovators Network (Harvard University)
  12. Homeland Security Innovation Association
  13. Institute for Information Infrastructure Program (I3P) (Dartmouth College)
  14. Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS)
  15. Inter-Agency Board
  16. International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
  17. International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)
  18. International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
  19. International Disaster Recovery Association (IDRA)
  20. Katrina Environmental Research & Restoration Network (KERRN)
  21. Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCC)
  22. Major County Sheriffs Association (MCSA)
  23. Mobile and Portable Radio Research Group (MPRG)
  24. National Academies of Emergency Dispatch (NAED)
  25. National Association for Search & Rescue (NASR)
  26. National Association of County and City Health Officials
  27. National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO)
  28. National Communications Systems
  29. National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)
  30. National Defense Industry Association (NDIA)
  31. National Emergency Management Association (NEMA)
  32. National Emergency Number Association (NENA)
  33. National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
  34. National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC)
  35. National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)
  36. National Sheriffs Association (NSA)
  37. National Tactical Officers Association
  38. National Telecommunications & Information Administration Public Safety Program Office (NTIA)
  39. NI2 Center for Infrastructure Expertise Critical Infrastructure Library
  40. Southwest Public Safety Technology Group
  41. The Association of Biometrics
  42. The Association of Security Consultants
  43. The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials – International
  44. Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)
  45. Wireless Communications Association International
  46. Wireless Industry Association
  47. First Responder Technologies (R-Tech)

The Challenge

The task of assuring the security of our homeland involves protecting the citizens of the United States, the nation's critical infrastructure and key assets. This is necessary to sustain the nation's vitality against terrorism and other threats. This protection must originate at the community level. It requires discovering, developing and deploying new technology that will support first responders and key decision makers in local communities.

The Mission

NIHS' mission is to discover, develop and deploy solutions that protect and preserve the critical infrastructure of the nation's communities.

The Institute

NIHS aligns projects and research objectives with the needs and requirements of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The strategy is to manage a distributed research enterprise that effectively transitions research and development into solutions. NIHS works with DHS to determine technology needs at the community level. Then, teams are quickly assembled from multiple universities to develop solutions to the needs.

The Strategy

Through management of the Kentucky Critical Infrastructure Protections Program (KCI), the National Institute for Hometown Security (NIHS) provides an ongoing, integrated program dedicated to developing new technologies and devices. NIHS works through qualified academic institutions to accomplish the technological objectives.