Fiercehomlandsecurity reports GAO has found a disconnect between DHS border and maritime R&D and the users of the result. I tried to wade through the GAO report, but was unable to make much progress. At any rate the dollar amounts are small by government standards, but there were a few things that were clear. First DHS does not spend very much on Border and Maritime R&D, and second that the Coast Guard’s portion is only a disproportionately small sliver of that.
Looking at the chart in the Fiercehomelandsecurity article you see is that of the three centers of Maritime and Border research within the DHS, CG R&D has by far the smallest share. What you do not see is that this is only part of DHS’s total R&D effort. Science and Technology’s Border amd Maritime Division is only one of six divisions doing R&D for DHS (p.6)
So the CG is a major part of the department, but is directly supported by only a very minor part of an already small R&D budget, so is it surprising that there is a disconnect between the end users and the R&D effort?
The GAO report can be found here.