Perhaps one of the most important, yet least understood elements of National and Homeland Security is creating a process of moving leading-edge technologies from the National Laboratory system to use by first responders and other homeland security agencies. One such program was recently moved ahead when it secured approval of from the House Appropriations committee for a $2 million homeland security initiative. The program's purpose is to move news ideas and technological solutions into the hands of first reponders and law enforcement.
This is just one of many "technology transition" (or technology transfer) initiative around the country. There will be more news about such efforts in the near future.