DHS and South Korea Sign Agreement for Emerging Tech Collaboration

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The memorandum of understanding will help the U.S. and Republic of Korea share information and emerging technology to boost their security capabilities for cyber and other threats.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate and the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of National Defense Acquisition Program Administration signed a memorandum of understanding on Monday to share information and emerging technologies in an effort to strengthen security capabilities. 

The agreement is a “significant achievement,” according to the DHS news release, allowing the directorate and its counterpart to create technical exchanges for future-oriented and advanced science and technology “to counter weapons of mass destruction and cyber threats.”

“The MOU is the latest example of S&T’s commitment to working side-by-side with its valued global partners on matters of shared interest and growth,” said DHS Under Secretary for Science and Technology Dimitri Kusnezov. “This partnership with the ROK, which specifically emphasizes standards and interoperability of critical emerging technologies, will directly benefit the safety and security of our citizens.”

The signing ceremony with DAPA’s Director of Defense Technology Policy, Yongjin Jo, is the first of several events Kusnezov will attend this week with counterparts from the South Korean Ministry of Science and ICT and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation. 

Kusnezov’s visit highlights the important role the technology cooperation of both nations will play to boost their alliance. 

This is the latest technology partnership between the U.S. and international allies. The U.S. is also working with the United Kingdom, India, the Netherlands and France, among others, on technology collaborations.