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Legacy Beyond Nassau

One of the greatest rewards in life is the people you meet and the things they teach you along the way. I’ve been more than fortunate throughout my career to work with some amazing people. They have...


An American Success Story

On Friday, March 27, 2009 an amazing tenure at DHS will conclude. Al Martinez-Fonts’ services as the Assistant Secretary for the Private Sector will end and he will return to where he came from, the private sector. ...


SAFETY Act Reaches Milestone

Liability protection, as offered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), for products and services intended to combat terrorism recently reached a milestone of 275 individual offerings covered.The Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technology (SAFETY) Act has come a...


Some Are a Bit Worried About Pace of DHS Nominations

When Homeland Security deputy secretary nominee Jane Holl Lute takes the witness stand Thursday, she will be the first DHS official to dive into the confirmation process since Secretary Janet Napolitano was approved in January.Considering how much pre-transition emphasis...


Intelligence Sharing Hearing Notes & Observations

The word “intelligence” can have multiple meanings. If you were watching last week’s hearing (March 18, 2009) - “Homeland Security Intelligence: Its Relevance and Limitations,” held before the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing and...


Demonizing at its Finest & Leadership at its Worst

Several days ago, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) spoke at a town hall-type meeting at St. Anthony’s Church in San Francisco, CA. In addressing the assembled crowd, which news coverage described as being filled with both legal and...


Preventing a “Bhophal on wheels”

Infrastructure improvements may be at the top of the to-do list for Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, but another problem urgently calls for hands-on leadership. Catastrophic release of deadly cargo, whether by accident or an act of terror,could...


SAFETY Act Expert to Share Insights With Ohio’s Small Business Leaders

Dr. Dave McWhorter, a principal with Catalyst Partners, will join other experts at the 2009 Ohio Business Matchmaker event to educate small business owners on how to work within the evolving homeland security industry. Specifically, McWhorter will focus on...


Interoperability & Appropriations Hearing – Why Can’t You Hear Me Now?

There is a biting irony to an Appropriations Hearing on Interoperability that no one can listen to.Today, three senior DHS leaders, Dr. David Boyd of the Science & Technology Directorate; Chris Essid of the Office of Emergency Communications; and...


Catalyst Partners’ Vance Taylor to Speak at the Infrastructure Modernization Initiative

Water security expert to participate in workshop sponsored by the Center for Homeland Defense & Security Vance Taylor, a principal with Catalyst Partners, will join other security and infrastructure experts to discuss priorities for the nation’s efforts to modernize...



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