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7th International Public Safety/Counterterrorism Conference
"International Multi-Modal Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection"
Private/Public Partnerships to Detect, Protect and Respond

April 14-15, 2008

Notional Agenda
Last updated: April 2, 2008

* = To be confirmed

Monday, April 14, 2008
8:30 -
WELCOME, Grand Pacific Ballroom A-D
Conference Moderator Tom Gede, former Executive Director, Conference of Western Attorneys General
8:45 -
  1. Keynote Speaker: Charles Sheldon, Seaport Managing Director, Port of Seattle
  2. Keynote Speaker: Gary Paulson, Director Operations & Security, Port of Prince Rupert
  3. Keynote Speaker: Kevin Orchard, Port, Maritime and Supply Chain Security Director QinetiQ
10:15 -
Morning Break
10:35 -
Interactive Solution Sessions - Port Security

PANEL A: Screening of Vessels - Radiation Detection for Domestic and International Cargo, Grand Pacific Ballroom F-G

The Secure Freight Initiative (SFI), small boat screening, complying with legislation, maintaining the operational flow while ensuring security. These are the challenges that our Ports are facing. How are these challenges being met? What technology is in place and is it meeting the need?

How effective is this new initiative, and what are the current challenges it is facing?


  • Captain Stephen Metruck, Commander, Coast Guard Sector, Seattle
  • Greg Gardner, Vice President, Homeland and Global Security Solutions, Oracle Corporation
  • Joe Alioto, Vice President, VeriTainer

PANEL B: Transportation Worker Identity Credential (TWIC), Seaport Room

TSA has begun issuing new high-tech identification cards to Port employees, which will store biometric data on workers. The program, called the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program, was established in December 2001 to tighten security at ports by better controlling access to facilities and vessels. These tamper-resistant biometric credentials will be issued to workers who require unescorted access to secure areas of ports, vessels, outer continental shelf facilities and all credentialed merchant mariners. It is anticipated that more than 750,000 workers including longshoremen, truckers, port employees and others will be required to obtain a TWIC.

How is the initial implementation of this program rolling out, what are the concerns and how will the long term security goals be met?


  • Bob Samuel, Sagem Morpho
  • Gordon Hannah, Bearingpoint
  • Russ Read, Port of Seattle
  • Roberto Saarenas, Port of Tacoma
12:00 -
LUNCH - Grand Pacific Ballroom A-D

Steven Chabot, Deputy Director General, Sûreté du Quebec; President, Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police

1:30 -
  1. Marie Sassine, Assistant Deputy Minister, Safety and Security, Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Government of Canada
  2. Jim Coyne, President, National Air Transportation Association (NATA)
  3. Donald Ross, former Deputy Federal Security Director, Washington Dulles International Airport (Sponsored by IBM)
3:10 -
Afternoon Break
3:30 -

Surveillance & Biometrics in Law Enforcement - Grand Pacific Ballroom AD

  1. FBI's Next Generation Program

    The Next Generation Identification (NGI) Program is a large-scale biometric project that will increase the functionality of the current FBI Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS). By upgrading or replacing the existing IAFIS technology, the NGI Program will accommodate increased information processing and sharing demands from local, state, tribal, federal, and international agencies while offering state-of-the-art biometric identification services. NGI will serve as the platform for multimodal biometric functionality. In this presentation, we will provide an update on the NGI Program, as well as discuss each of the NGI capabilities.


    • J. T. Summers, Liaison Specialist, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  2. National Sensors, Surveillance and Biometric Technologies Center of Excellence

    The Department of Justice recently created the National Sensors, Surveillance, and Biometric Technologies Center of Excellence to support 19,000+ law enforcement and corrections agencies nationwide to identify technology needs, assess and monitor NIJ R&D programs, test and evaluate technologies, provide specialized technology assistance, develop technology guidelines, and implement and oversee pilot and demo programs in support of new technology adoption. The Center will work with practitioners to introduce biometrics and surveillance technology projects, including concealed weapons detection, through-the-wall surveillance, novel sensors, and biometric technologies. In this presentation, Mr. Nanavati will illustrate how Center activities assist in the development of strategic technology roadmaps, both for the law enforcement community and for the vendors who serve it.


    • Raj Nanavati, Center Director and Partner, International Biometric Group
4:15 -
Keynote Speaker: Rear Admiral David Stone, President and CEO of The Alacrity Homeland Group, Vice Chairman, Ocean Security Initiative, and former Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Grand Pacific Ballroom A-D
5:15 -
Reception with Rear Admiral Stone, Pre-Function Area Foyer


Tuesday, April 15, 2008
8:30am WELCOME, Grand Pacific Ballroom A-D
Conference Moderator: Tom Gede, former Executive Director, Conference of Western Attorneys General
8:30 -
Welcoming Keynote: Rob McKenna, Attorney General for Washington State
9:00 -
Keynote Address: Frances Townsend, Former Security Advisor to the US President
10:00 -
Keynote Address: Kumar Kibble, Deputy Assistant Director, National Security Investigation Division, ICE
10:30 -
Morning Break
10:45 -

Interactive Solution Session

Border Security vs. Personal Privacy - The Advantages of Collaboration, Grand Pacific Ballroom A-D

Protecting the physical and information security for ports of entry (airports, marine ports, and border crossings) is a huge challenge. Adding to the challenge of protecting the confidentiality of proprietary data by also having to protect the privacy of personal information seems like just too much. Security professionals canít do this alone and may need help from privacy professionals. By collaborating, they can better face the many challenges of dealing with identity and associated privileges, access controls using biometrics, and behavioral data gathering through surveillance technologies like CCTV and RFID tracking. By collaborating with privacy professionals, port enterprises may better be able to evaluate the impact of new technologies, enhance acceptance of deployment by employees, including unions, and provide better support for public relations by demonstrating a comprehensive approach to BOTH privacy and security.


  • Richard Purcell, CEO, Corporate Privacy Group
  • John Kropf, CIPP/G, Deputy Chief Privacy Officer, DHS
  • Peter Pietra, Chief Privacy Officer, TSA
  • John Sabo, Director, Global Government Relations, CA Inc.
12:00 -
LUNCH, Pre-Function Area Foyer
1:00 -


  1. Keynote Address: Jean Murray, Director General, Emergency Management Policy, Public Safety Canada
  2. Keynote Address: Chief Superintendent Bob Paulson, RCMP, DG National Security
  3. Keynote address: W. Scott Gould, former Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce, Vice President, Public Sector Strategy and Growth, IBM Global Business Services (Sponsored by IBM)
2:30 -
Afternoon Break
2:45 -

Interactive Solution Sessions - Critical Infrastructure

SESSION A: "Cross Sector Regional Information Sharing and Analysis Capability to Support State/Provincial and Local Fusion Systems", Grand Pacific Ballroom A-D

This panel focuses on the need for counterterrorism and all-hazards preparedness to develop a cross-sector, cross-jurisdiction, cross-border information sharing and analysis capability that includes the private sector and other key stakeholder organizations; steps to accomplish this goal; and the challenges that must be overcome. Examples will be provided of information fusion initiatives at the state/provincial and local levels that are underway to develop the necessary strategy and protocols to develop a sustainable mechanism with analytic capabilities (architecture, tools, staff resources, and training) for a virtual regional, secure, and resilient two-way information sharing capability.


  • Paula Scalingi, Director of the PNWER Center for Regional Disaster Resilience
  • Lt. Ron Leavell, Project Director, UASI Component, Washington State Fusion Centre
2:45 -

SESSION B - Part 1 - The Safety Act, Seaport Room

The SAFETY Act provides immunity, akin to the government contractor defense, for companies that make or deploy certain anti-terrorism technologies. The SAFETY Act is a part of the Homeland Security Act and could make a significant difference to businesses if and when the next strike occurs.


  • Raymond B. Biagini, Partner, McKenna, Long and Aldridge, Washington, D.C.
3:25 -

SESSION B - Part 2 - Critical Infrastructure Interdependency: Metrics and Modeling, Seaport Room

New, detailed information and metrics about Critical Infrastructure Interdependency, and how these metrics are applied directly to modeling and predicting cascading impacts under different threat events.


  • Brian Phillips, Director, Public Safety, Bell Canada
4:00 -
Keynote Speaker: Stephen Flynn, Homeland Security Expert, former US Coast Guard Commander, and author of "The Edge of Disaster", Grand Pacific Ballroom A-D
5:00 -
Closing Reception with Commander Flynn, Bell Harbor Center

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