UK–US Symposium on Science and Technology for Homeland Security

The focus of this symposium was to explore US and UK technology needs for homeland and domestic security, to identify areas for public-private collaboration, and to promote trans-Atlantic business partnerships in pursuit of common objectives. This complements the Agreement between the Government of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the United States of America on Co-operation in Science and Technology for Critical Infrastructure Protection and other Homeland/Civil Security Matters.

Opening and Welcome Remarks

  • John Hamre, president and CEO, CSIS
  • Alan Charlton, deputy head of mission, British Embassy, Washington
Keynote Addresses
  • Paul Rosenzweig, acting assistant secretary for international affairs, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Angela Singh, head of counter-terrorism science unit, UK Home Office
Public-Private Roles, Responsibilities, and Partnerships
  • Al Martinez-Fonts, private sector liaison office, DHS
UK Security Sector Mapping Study
  • Paul Osborne, University of Cranfield
Afternoon Session 1: Panel 1

Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear & Explosive (CBRNE) Detection, Prevention and Treatment
Sensors and detectors for radioactive or other hazardous substances; decontamination; diagnostics, prophylactics, and therapeutics; best practice and training

  • Ian Roberts, Ministry of Defense, Science & Technology
  • Elizabeth George, deputy director, Chemical/Biological Division, U.S. DHS/S&T
  • James Tuttle, division head, Energetics Division, U.S. DHS/S&T
  • MODERATOR: Gerald Epstein, senior fellow for science and security, Homeland Security Program, CSIS
Afternoon Session 1: Panel 2

Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Technologies
Analysis of current and next generation networks: mobile phone and computer analysis techniques; information and network security

  • Phil Budden, first secretary-science, British Embassy; representing UK National Infrastructure Security Co-ordination Centre
  • Doug Maughan, program manager, Cyber Security R&D, U.S. DHS
  • Susan Alexander, director, International Information Assurance Program, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Edward Roback, associate chief information officer for cyber security, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • MODERATOR: James Lewis, director and senior fellow, Technology and Public Policy Program, CSIS
Afternoon Session 2: Panel 1

Critical National Infrastructure / Border and Site Security
Development and implementation of threat-vulnerability assessments; methodologies and analyses of border controls, sensors and next generation networks; covert and overt imaging and intrusion detection systems; data fusion and information sharing

  • Mark Stroud, UK Home Office Scientific Development Branch
  • Mark Bradley, Critical Infrastructure Protection, R&D Infrastructure/Geophysical Division, U.S. DHS/S&T
  • Gerald Kirwin, Borders and Maritime Security Division, U.S. DHS/S&T
  • MODERATOR: Anne Witkowsky, senior fellow, Homeland Security Program, CSIS
Afternoon Session 2: Panel 2

Emergency Response & Consequence Management
Disaster response and recovery, infrastructure continuity and economic consequences; psychological and social R&D on public response to catastrophic events; GIS and planning tools

  • Edwin Galea, University of Greenwich
  • Jalal Mapar, preparedness and response program manager, Infrastructure/ Geophysical Division, U.S. DHS/S&T,
  • Sharla Rausch, director, Human Factors Division, U.S. DHS/S&T
  • MODERATOR: David Heyman, director and senior fellow, Homeland Security Program, CSIS