E54 on Homeland Security Applications

    Contribute to a Safer Nation as a Member of ASTM's Newest Committee

    A diverse range of stakeholders has come together in ASTM International to create the standards that will help protect our homeland by forming Committee E54 on Security Applications.

    ASTM Committee E54 comes together at a time of increasing focus on homeland security following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

    The creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been characterized as the most significant transformation of the U.S. government in over a half-century. Its mission is to prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism, and minimize the damage and recover from attacks that do occur.

    The prevailing sentiment among government and business leaders is that homeland security is a complex issue requiring a coordinated effort between both the private and public sector. Both see that solutions for homeland security will require coordinated combinations of strategy, management structures, human resources, technology (equipment and data-intensive), financial investment, and a comprehensive standards component.


    As homeland security initiatives continue to evolve, voluntary consensus standards are viewed as a critical unifying component to the long-term success of these initiatives. ASTM offers you the opportunity to team up with other technical experts who will develop the standards that will impact the safety of our nation. Together you will help create the standards and guidance materials that will influence major areas of homeland security, including:

    • Borders, Ports, and Transportation Systems
    • Advancing and Harnessing Science and Technology
    • Preparing for and Responding to National Emergencies
    • Protection of Critical Infrastructure

    Get Involved

    Be part of this exciting initiative and play a vital role in the advancement of homeland security. For more information visit the E54 homepage.