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Course #411-14-FXVA-2

Understanding Homeland Security: The National Challenge (Part 1)

Instructor: Guest Speakers BIO

Dates: Apr-09-2014 - Apr-10-2014


AFCEA Headquarters (Map)
4400 Fair Lakes Court
Fairfax, VA 22033

Hours: 9:00am-4:30pm

$650 Government AFCEA Member
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Course Description:

Even though DHS was formed over a dozen years ago, the challenges facing the U. S. homeland are readily apparent to the keen observer. Whether those challenges are in the cyber domain as evidenced by recent corporate breaches of Target and Neiman Marcus or in the critical infrastructure domain as brazenly demonstrated by the sniper attacks on an energy company in Silicon Valley, the need for continued partnership between government and industry remains tantamount. We cannot take our eyes off the mission when we, as a Nation, have so much at stake.

This course, started by Jim Flyzik, former Senior Technology Advisor in the White House Office of Homeland Security, explores the complexities of Homeland Security and provides an arsenal of information which will arm you to understand and do business with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Attendees will receive access to the Homeland Security Digital Library hosted by the Naval Postgraduate School.  By participating in this course attendees will have the opportunity to meet guest speakers who represent various portions of DHS and other U.S. Government organizations which have homeland security or homeland defense responsibilities. These experts will provide insight into DHS and the larger homeland security enterprise and decipher roles and responsibilities of the various organizations and agencies that interact with DHS.

This course has a companion course "Part 2" on the day following "Part 1". Part 2 of the course focuses on business development in homeland security.



Directors and Above from across industry and government responsible for Emergency Response or Science and Technology.



Part 1:

Wed, 9 Apr:  Day 1 Topic:  Background, Missions and Future Considerations

9:15am – 10:45am – The Homeland Security Enterprise:  Strategic Overview, Part I -  Jim Flyzik, former Senior Advisor in the White House Office of Homeland Security (confirmed)

11:00am – 12:00pm – The Homeland Security Enterprise:  Strategic Overview, Part II - Captain Gail Kulisch, USCG (Ret.); Owner and Managing Principal of BTG Ventures LLC (confirmed)

12:15pm – 1:30pm – Lunch with ADM Thad Allen, USCG (Ret.); Senior VP, Booz Allen Hamilton (confirmed)

1:45pm – 2:45pm – Homeland Security Legislative Update – Andrew Weis, former Minority General Counsel for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (confirmed)

3:00pm – 4:30pm – Anatomy of an Evolving Enterprise – The Honorable Kenneth P. Rapuano, Director, Advanced Systems and Policy, The MITRE Corporation (confirmed)


Thurs, 10 Apr:  Day 2 Topic: Operations, Components and the Homeland Security Community

9:00am – 10:30am – Emergency Management Capability Portfolio – Matt Wombacher, Protective Security Advisor, National Capital Region, DHS (invited)

10:45am – 12:15pm – Managing Risk in Homeland Security – Greg Shaw, Co-Director of the Institute for Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management, George Washington University (confirmed)

12:30pm – 1:45pm – Lunch with RDML Peter J. Brown, Assistant Commandant for Response Policy (CG-5R) (confirmed)

1:45pm – 4:30pm – DHS Acquisition and Resources – Dr. Cedric Sims, former Executive Director of the Office of Program Accountability and Risk Management within the DHS's Office of the Under Secretary for Management; Partner, Evermay Consulting Group (confirmed)





AFCEA complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Attendees with special needs should call (703) 631-6130 or email the PDC outlining requirements.


AFCEA will confirm that a course session is a "go" no later than Mar-26-2014, 14 days prior to the start date of the course. Please see the PDC FAQ for additional course cancellation details.


Please see the PDC FAQ for registration cancellation instructions and other PDC policies.

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