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A new Homeland Security Division--established earlier this year in response to the continuing threat of terrorist attacks within the United States--is making ambitious plans to help the defense community stay informed about trends and issues within the field, said the division chairman, Wayne K. Messner.

The unit is a reorganized version of NDIA'S security division, which was set up in the mid-1980s after the Beirut bombings, Messner said. He is vice president and manager of the Asset Protection Systems Division of Radian Inc., headquartered in Alexandria, Va.

"The new division pretty much mirrors Tom Ridge's Homeland Security Department," Messner said. It also will continue to support the Defense Department's force-protection and security systems, which are directly related to homeland security, he said.

Other focus areas will be added as circumstances warrant, Messner noted. "We have been meeting over here at Radian to address the most effective changes to make," he said.

One thing that is certain, Messner said, is that the division will follow the activities of a wider range of federal agencies than its predecessor did. In addition to the Pentagon and DHS, the division will monitor the homeland security work of the Justice, Energy and Transportation Departments.

In coming months, the division plans a number of homeland-security seminars, conferences, symposia and exhibitions.

A homeland-security roundtable, "Aligning Policies, Priorities & Program Dollars," is scheduled for December 2-3, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, in Arlington, Va. For details, e-mail:
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Date:Nov 1, 2003
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