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New Homeland Security Operations Center
July 22, 2004

The security of the nation’s infrastructure took one step forward recently with the Department of Homeland Security’s unveiling of the new Homeland Security Operations Center. The center, a collaborative effort among the nation’s numerous federal, state and local agencies, as well as the public sector, has the capability to provide security and threat information to groups across the county in real time.

In the immediate aftermath of September 11, 2001, a group of design and construction industry professionals also identified this need for a collaborative and comprehensive communications effort. Within weeks, eleven federal agencies and professional and technical organizations came together to form The Infrastructure Security Partnership (TISP), an organization dedicated to facilitating dialogue and offering technical support and resources for issues related to the security of the nation’s built environment. In just under three years, TISP’s membership has increased to over 180 organizations, representing more than 1.75 million individuals and firms. Furthering that effort, TISP will launch a new Breakfast Speaker Series on Aug. 12, 2004, with a presentation by Robert B. Stephan, Special Assistant to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, on the soon-to-be released National Response Plan.

The TISP Breakfast Speaker Series is designed to provide public and private sector representatives with educational and networking opportunities, and to promote discussion of the latest developments in technology, security and public policy. Mr. Stephan’s presentation, co-sponsored by ABS Consulting, is the first in the series, and will take place from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Army Navy Club, 901 17th Street NW, Washington, D.C.

The series marks TISP’s first new endeavor since its partnering opportunities were expanded to include all U.S.-based local, state and federal agencies, professional associations and industry trade groups, design firms, construction companies, codes and standards organizations, universities, infrastructure developers, owners, manufacturers, operators and service providers. As a part of this reorganization, and in order to help secure TISP’s long-term sustainability, the partnership will begin collecting dues from partnering organizations. This will provide TISP with the financial support needed to continue its cooperative activities, including the Breakfast Series, quarterly security workshops and the annual Infrastructure Security for the Built Environment Congress, and will assist in the development of new efforts in the fight to protect the nation’s infrastructure against the effects of terrorism and natural disasters.

For more information, or to register, contact Joan Buhrman at jbuhrman@asce.org or 703-295-6406. Additional information on TISP, its members and activities, is available at www.tisp.org.

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.


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