National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), U.S. Department of Commerce, 2012

The goal of this concept paper is to articulate the rationale for why further European-U.S. collaboration on security standardization should be undertaken.

In April 2010, the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) initiated a process of U.S.-EU collaboration on security standards. In November 2010, American National Standards Institute (ANSI) hosted the Ninth Plenary Session of the HSSP (Homeland Security Standards Panel): U.S.-European Collaboration on Security Standardization Systems. A keynote presentation, by Rolf Dietrich (Deputy under Secretary for Science and Technology (Acting), U.S. Department of Homeland Security), called for a broad agenda of U.S.-European Union (EU) collaboration.

The outcome of the ANSI-HSSP session was a pledge to identify the gaps in, and priorities for, EU-U.S. collaboration; to foster the collaboration with the EU through European Standards Organizations by further dialogue on homeland security standardization; and to articulate the benefit of international standardization on cross-border issues.

This paper sets out to develop the case for why these initiatives should be undertaken and identifies some possible high-yield areas for consideration. This argument will help the proponents sustain their efforts in the face of other pressing demands.

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