NCSP Spotlight: Policy, Intelligence, Exercise, & Simulation (PIES) Section

16 December, 2013

The National Center for Security & Preparedness (NCSP) recently underwent reorganization to reflect its continuing evolution into a leading national homeland security research and training institution in the field of homeland security with concentration in emergency response, management, and preparedness. This reorganization inaugurated the Policy, Intelligence, Exercise, & Simulation (PIES) Section. PIES' mission is to provide timely and relevant policy research, up to date training curricula, and essential technical assistance that contributes to the nation's continued efforts to prevent, interdict, and respond to incidents of high consequence, both man-made and natural.

The primary functions of PIES include academic research, policy and intelligence analysis, conceptualization of future training curricula, designing decision-making and policy validation exercises and simulations, grant writing, and technical assistance. Since 2007, the NCSP has been actively engaged in each of these functions. The Center's leadership stood up the PIES section to promote collaboration by consolidating a majority of the research-oriented functions and staff under one section.

Steve Sin, the Center's Senior Research Associate and PIES Section Chief, said, "I am extremely excited that we now have a section dedicated to research and conceptualization whose primary purpose is to ensure that the Center is moving in the right direction continues to grow and remains relevant by focusing on strategic and long term issues and projects. Our pool of experts in the areas of law enforcement, emergency medical service, emergency management, political science, public administration, intelligence analysis, and counter-terrorism are truly second to none. By bringing academics and practitioners from these fields together under a single 'roof' ensures that our work is not only theoretically sound, but also relevant in practice."

In New York State, the PIES section directly supports the NCSP's role as a strategic partner with the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES), providing technical assistance through the development and delivery of functional emergency preparedness exercises and strategic policy development.

Through course conceptualization, PIES supports the NCSP Training & Project Management Section and the Center's chief role in managing the programmatic development at the DHSES State Preparedness Training Center (SPTC) by developing and delivering cutting-edge and in-time training programs for first responders.