Examining international responses to homeland security, this annual RUSI conference will hear from an array of experts addressing key homeland security threats and responses.
Mr Peter F. Verga
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Homeland Defense),
US Department of Defense
Lord Carlile of Berriew QC
Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation
Vice-Admiral Charles Style
Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Commitments)
UK Ministry of Defence
Dr Piers Millet
Biological Weapons Convention Meetings Secretariat
Office for Disarmament Affairs
Ms Anna Aqulina
Head of International Development
UK Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA)
Dr Anthony Bergin
Director of Research Programs
Australian Strategic Policy Institute
Ms Niki Tompkinson
Director, Transport Security and Contingencies Directorate,
Department for Transport
Conference topics include:
Military Contributions to Homeland Security
As the potentialities of environmental disasters and terrorist attack are increasingly recognised there is a correspondingly growing role for the military in contingency planning. Such provisions provide for capacity and capability shortfalls in the civil authority response where developing a sufficient capability would be inappropriate and/or costly.
Additionally, the military has an international and territorial role; patrolling to intercept the smuggling of narcotics, people and weapons; providing intelligence to domestic intelligence and law enforcement services; and operating to reduce the flow of contraband at the point of origin.
Protecting Critical National Infrastructure
How do states worldwide define and defend their critical national infrastructure? The conference aims to inform on organisational structures and underlying concepts that drive state approaches to protecting their CNI.
Aviation/Mass Transport Security
There is perhaps no better example of the international interdependencies of homeland security than in commercial aviation. Last year a specific terrorist risk to the UK imposed severe financial and human costs. The threat was, and remains, an issue for technology providers, airline/airport operators and the wider international community. Such responses must be international in order to be effective.
Terrorist groups and criminal networks operate internationally, benefiting from real-time communications, information-sharing and relative freedom of travel – illicitly or otherwise. The degree to which nation states also share information and cooperate in interdicting such groups is critical to their efficacy. International organisations provide important mechanisms which states can use to defend themselves.
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