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NEWS
Infrastructure Security Congress Scheduled
November 1, 2004

In these uncertain times, the answer to improving the security of the nation’s infrastructure often focuses solely on “more guns, gates and guards.” The Infrastructure Security Partnership (TISP) will examine expanded security solutions at the third annual TISP Congress on Infrastructure Security for the Built Environment (ISBE 2004), taking place November 7 – 10, 2004, in St. Louis, MO.

“Protecting our nation by countering terrorism alone is shortsighted,” said TISP Chair Ralph W. Johnson. “We also have to focus on ways to make new and existing buildings and other facilities more resistant to attack.”

The two and a half day conference brings together officials from federal, state and local agencies, professional associations and industry trade groups, as well as representatives from design firms, construction companies, codes and standards organizations, universities and service providers to discuss the latest developments in public policy, security and technology. Topics to be addressed in the plenary and panel sessions include:

  • New federal standards for design, engineering and construction;
  • Outlook for the federal homeland security budget;
  • Terrorism insurance and liability issues;
  • Government/private sector integration of disaster preparedness, response and recovery actions;
  • Federal facility infrastructure security;
  • State homeland security issues;
  • Building design and operations; and
  • Security improvements for rail and transit systems, water and wastewater facilities, bridges and highways, and ports and waterways.

The conference, co-sponsored by The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), also features presentations by retired Navy Rear Adm. David J. Nash, former director of the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office in Baghdad, and Air Force Brig. Gen. Del R. Eulberg, director of installations and mission support for the Air Mobility Command at Scott AFB, MO. Moderators and panelists include Richard J. Capka, deputy administrator, U.S. Department of Transportation, Leonard Griggs and Eric Potts, Houston and St. Louis airports directors, Dr. James Hershman, Georgetown University Government Affairs Institute, Hans Van Winkle, director of the Construction Industry Institute, representatives from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Defense and State Departments, GSA and other federal agencies, law firms, law enforcement agencies, R & D specialists from federal and private sector labs, and executives from design, engineering and construction firms.

The Infrastructure Security Partnership (TISP) exists to minimize the effects of terrorism and natural disasters on the U.S. through effective and efficient planning, design, construction and operation of the built environment. Membership includes over 180 organizations and agencies representing over 1.75 million individuals and firms. For more information, visit www.tisp.org.


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