Detection Canine Technologies: Development of non-hazardous emerging threat and conventional explosive training aids with a specific focus on pure odor materials, not pseudo scents. Detection focus not limited to explosive threats but to include all detection canine threat vectors including narcotics, human detection, cadaver detection, infectious disease detection, and currency, for example. Operational efficacy, safety and cost are major metrics of success. Technologies and methodologies that advance detection canine performance in controlled and operational environments representative of the Homeland Security Enterprise at the federal, state and local level and facilitate scientifically significant data capture through independent operational test and evaluation. Specific focus on studies and training protocols that facilitate the reduction in the number of trained odors required for comprehensive canine detection proficiency. Canine R&D to support better understanding of the canine structure and function to include canine behavior, genetics, olfaction and cognition of the detector to improve operational efficiencies and training methods.
S&T goals are to provide our customer base - TSA and the Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE) - with the tools, techniques, and knowledge to better understand, train, and utilize the detection canine, and improve proficiency of the DHS/HSE detection canine teams. Provide an enduring research and development capability to the Homeland Security Enterprise with a unique focal point and knowledge base for detection canines by establishing a scientifically rigorous, statistically significant approach for the detection canine community that is currently absent in the industry.