Homeland Security Industry Leaders Offer Counsel to President Elect Obama; Urge Integration, Collaboration and Continued Emphasi

WASHINGTON , Dec. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Homeland Security & Defense Business Council and the Georgetown Public Policy Institute today held a transition briefing to discuss the historical context of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security...

Speakers indicated that this continuum has evolved and to some extent integrated the private sector and its numerous contributions to homeland security. "Industry owns 85% of the infrastructure - and that is true around the globe - local business, small to medium companies, non-profits play a critical role in first line response," said Pellegrino. "People relate to their communities first. Additionally, innovations such as the electric notification system that most schools use are simple, consumer oriented capabilities that help organize people and tell them what they should be doing. Right now they are employed to tell you what your kid's eating for lunch but in an emergency those systems will be called upon to get critical information to parents and others in the community. These seemingly innocuous innovations have come from the private sector and have very meaningful homeland security implications."

The full event will be available at www.homelandcouncil.org December 16th .

The Homeland Security & Defense Business Council is a non-profit, non-partisan corporate membership organization of the nation's leading corporations engaged in the homeland security mission. The Council's mission is to serve as a conduit to build stronger and more meaningful relationships between senior leadership in the public and private sectors. The Council's vision is to create a seamless continuum of preparedness and a foundation of resiliency that utilizes the resources and expertise of the private sector to coordinate more effectively with the public sector. For more information, please visit: www.homelandcouncil.org.

SOURCE Homeland Security & Defense Business Council