A unique collaboration of Florida's 11 public universities is behind a new homeland security initiative. Led by FAMU, Tallahassee will soon be the headquarters for a first of its kind institute.
The past few years have shown us the importance of homeland security, but the technology needs in this area are in demand. FAMU Director of National Security Initiatives Pete Olson says Florida's universities are ready to answer the call.
Pete says, “Homeland security technology needs are diverse when you look at research and technological capabilities at each school and as a whole. We address all of the technology needs.”
The newly created State University Consortium led by FAMU is proposing a Florida Homeland Security Institute at Innovation Park.
Pete adds, “They'll be six different technical area groups spread out at the universities based on their experience. For instance, cyber security would be based at FSU.”
The unique partnership includes all 11 of Florida's public universities. FAMU will also manage this institute.
Dr. Phyllis G. Ray, FAMU Research VP, says, “It's extremely exciting; there's a lot of research money appropriated for it so we're looking forward to getting money but also having an impact on the country and the world.”
Backed by the entire Florida Congressional Delegation, the consortium is asking the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for $50 million in funding, but either way FAMU plans to establish the institute this coming spring helping the state with domestic preparedness needs.