NASA and the Department of Homeland Security signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate and coordinate on research and development projects. The agreement allows the Science and Technology division and NASA to apply joint expertise and technologies to improve national and homeland security and develop complex systems designed to protect the nation."It's with great pride that NASA offers the talents of its world class researchers and engineers to assist [the Department of Homeland Security] in its mission," said David Saleeba, NASA's assistant administrator for security and program protection.The memorandum of understanding provides a mechanism for the Department of Homeland Security and NASA to coordinate evaluation of existing technologies; acceleration of promising technologies; undertaking joint research and development; sharing resources and personnel; working with the private sector and other public agencies in joint programs. The agencies will share information, use available government resources, and promote best practices."We are pleased to partner with an institution such as NASA with a long tradition of innovative, exceptional research," said Dr. Charles McQueary, undersecretary for science and technology at the Department of Homeland Security. "This collaboration will add to the resources we need to adapt and develop technologies that keep us one step ahead of those who intend to do this country harm."Each project will be defined by an implementing agreement outlining specific terms. The agreements will provide for the use of facilities, personnel, cooperative projects, and transfer of funds, as appropriate. They will be consistent with the laws and regulations that govern the activities of both agencies.