Homeland Security Centers of Excellence
PACER is a Department of Homeland Security
Emeritus Center of Excellence. The centers are authorized by
Congress and chosen by the Department's Science & Technology
Directorate through a competitive selection process. Each center is
led by a university in collaboration with partners from other
institutions, agencies, laboratories and think tanks.
The Centers of Excellence were founded on this mandate:
"The Secretary, acting through the Under Secretary for Science
and Technology, shall designate a university-based center or
several university-based centers for homeland security. The purpose
of the center or these centers shall be to establish a coordinated,
university-based system to enhance the nation's homeland security."
-From the Homeland Security Act of 2002