A Study of Foreign Availability of the Chemicals in the United States Supply Chain

Dr. Stephen Lange, with Morehead State University is leading a project to determine the extent to which certain critical chemicals in the U.S. supply chain are being manufactured in foreign countries and to understand the implications of this foreign manufacturing to homeland security. Establishing  and maintain a database of those chemicals in the U.S. chemical supply chain that are important to homeland security and that are manufactured in foreign countries. Update the database every two years to determine if any erosion of domestic to foreign supply of critical chemical building blocks has occurred.


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.