ARA Staff Receive DHS Under Secretary Awards


DHS S&T AwardsTwo teams with ARA employees received Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary for Science & Technology awards for Collaboration In a Matrix Dec. 6.

The award "recognizes exceptional, collaborative efforts within S&T's new operating model to provide significant contributions to support the DHS mission by exercising joint accountability, effectively leveraging cross-Directorate resources, and increasing unity of effort." 

The two teams and ARA recipients are:

  • Fiber Optic Distributed Sensing (FODS) Transition Team, which successfully installed, tested, evaluated, and operationally demonstrated a prototype land border incursion detection capability. Hans Petry of ARA supported the effort.
  • Operations and Requirements Analysis Customer Engagement Team, which established an enduring process for DHS-wide research and development coordination. The team is led by ARA's Greg McIntyre and also includes ARA's Jean Chipman, Jesse Coleman, Greg McIntyre, Amber Sanders, and Howard Smith.

ARA’s Michael Rochefort also accepted an award for his team’s actions in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.