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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) faces complex challenges in preventing terrorism, managing U.S. borders, enforcing and administering immigration laws, safeguarding cyberspace, and strengthening national preparedness and resilience. To help address these challenges, RAND operates the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC) for DHS. HSOAC is a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) that conducts studies and analysis for federal sponsors.

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HSOAC analyses focus on seven functional areas that cut across DHS mission categories

HSOAC is housed within the RAND Homeland Security Research Division.

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HSOAC Leadership

  • Terrence Kelly

    Vice President and Director, Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center; Director, RAND Homeland Security Research Division; Senior Operations Researcher

    Terrence Kelly is vice president and director of the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center, and director of the RAND Homeland Security Research Division. He has been a senior operations researcher at the RAND Corporation since 2002.

  • Henry H. Willis

    Associate Director, Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC); Senior Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School

    Henry H. Willis is associate director of the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC), a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, and a professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He is a recognized expert in homeland security risk management. Recent…

  • Isaac R. Porche III

    Director, Acquisition and Development Program, Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC); Senior Engineer

    Isaac Porche is a senior engineer at the RAND Corporation, where he currently serves as the director of the Acquisition and Development Program (ADP) in the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC). As a program director, Porche oversees over 25 million dollars of studies and…

  • Lara Schmidt

    Director, Strategy, Policy, and Operations Program, Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC); Senior Statistician

    Lara Schmidt is director of the Strategy, Policy, and Operations Program within the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC), the Department of Homeland Security’s Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC), and a senior statistician at the RAND Corporation. As…

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