The mission of the Center for Homeland Security is to provide advanced education; conduct leading-edge basic and applied research; and, develop process innovation environments that nourish homeland security and defense discoveries. In support of the mission, the Center aligns its activities into three principal, interdependent pillars that support the Strategic Plan. These three pillars are Education, Research, and Innovation. The Research Pillar includes the academic and basic research elements critical to long-term Homeland Security strategies. CHS has identified and will pursue activities as a baseline to building an emerging HS research organization.