The Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate is the Department's primary research and development arm. The S&T Directorate provides federal, state and local officials with the technology and capabilities to protect the homeland. The Directorate's mission is to protect the homeland by providing government officials with state-of-the-art technology and other resources. The Boarders and Maritime Security Division (BMD) in S&T supports this mission by developing and transitioning technical capabilities that enhance U.S. border security without impeding commerce and travel. Part of this effort is to evaluate Wide Area Airborne Surveillance Systems (WAASS) and technologies for DHS?s air operational components, especially DHS/Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the United States Coast Guard (USCG). The general goal of this effort is to assist CBP and USCG in fielding new sensor capabilities that will strengthen our ability to regularly monitor large land and maritime areas for small targets of interest including, typically, vehicles, people, and contraband.