Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Counter IED Symposium

Thanks to Stephen Melvin at OurSafeTowns.com for letting me know about a Counter IED Symposium being held on December 1st thru 3rd in Washington, D.C. The Interagency Council for Applied Homeland Security Technology (ICAHST) is sponsoring this event. The symposium will address key issues and critical mission needs in support of IED defeat and prevention in the United States and reflect on the differences between military and civilian response needs. According to the agenda on the NCSI web site the symposium will focus on the following critical areas:
“Threat Environments: Domestic and Military Response; “Threat Analysis: Research and Technology; “Incident Response and Training; and “Information Sharing.”
This symposium is really targeted at Federal, State and local government agencies that will be charged with responding to IED incidents in the United States. The NCSI web site does note that “industry, academia and laboratories sponsored by the Government” will be attending the event. While I don’t suspect that will include many high-risk chemical facilities, I would hope that some industry organizations like ACC or SOCMA will have representatives in attendance. Registration information is available on-line.

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