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SPIE Defense and Security 2008


An Interview with The Honorable Jay M. Cohen
18 March 2008
Length: 5:51 minutes

The Honorable Jay M. Cohen is Under Secretary for Science and Technology, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

He holds a joint Ocean Engineering degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Master of Science in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture from MIT. He served as the 20th Chief of Naval Research from 2000 to 2006. In August 2006 he was sworn in to his current position at the Department of Homeland Security on 10 August 2006. He spoke to attendees at the SPIE Defense + Security Symposium about technology needs and challenges in the Department of Homeland Security. Activities throughout the six basic areas of his portfolio for basic research - Explosives; Human Factors; Command, Control, and Interoperability; Chemical/Biological; Infrastructure/Geophysical; and Border/Maritime - coordinate with the needs and strengths of regional law enforcement agencies and other research-oriented government agencies within and outside the United States, Cohen said.