Regional Research and Operational Support (RROS) encompasses four objectives that are all part of a greater regional strategy. The first objective is to create relationships across the region by implementing a modified Rural Regional Technology Integration (Rural RTI) activity. The goal of the Rural RTI is to provide an objective review by a law enforcement subject matter expert (SME) that uncovers homeland security needs and provides planning options addressing identified procedural and technology solutions. The objective is designed to ensure consistent risk-based, bottom-up planning in homeland security operations to meet national requirements. The second objective is aimed at beginning the process of coordinating Homeland Security related research across the region. This objective will be accomplished by funding small research projects with educational institutions in several Southeastern states that is relevant to the particular states identified homeland security gaps and shortfalls, is consistent with national Homeland Security missions and objectives, and is relevant and complementary to the research being funded in the State of Mississippi. The third objective involves developing collaborations among the three DOE/NNSA assets within the region (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Y-12 National Security Complex, and SRNL), State Departments of Homeland Security, and with state educational institutions. As the regionalization strategy continues, attention will constantly need to be paid to assuring that the effort remains on mission. The fourth objective will assure that there is continuing attention paid to relevance of the initiative and rigorous strategic planning. The expertise of nationally recognized assets will be utilized to remain current with national studies of gaps and shortfalls and changes in national mission. The completion of this objective will involve the three DOE/NNSA facilities (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Y-12 National Security Complex, Savannah River National Laboratory), other regional federal facilities, regional universities, and regional entities in the private sector.

To learn more about SERRI regional partners, please click on the following links:

Austin Peay State University
Clemson University
College of Charleston
Engineer Research and Development Center
Enterra Solutions
Federal Alliance for Safe Homes
Georgia Institute of Technology
Jacksonville State University
LeMoyne Owen College
Louisiana State University
Middle Tennessee State University
Morehead State University
North Carolina Central University
North Carolina State University
Northwestern University
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oregon State University
Small Plant Works, Inc.
Tennessee State University
Texas A&M University
Tuskegee University
University of Alabama - Huntsville
University of Florida
University of Houston
University of Kentucky
University of Memphis
University of Rhode Island
University of South Carolina
University of Tennessee
University of Washington
Western Carolina University‚Äč