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Subject: EM-XML Consortium Participation in Global Homeland Security Conference


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I thought this would also be of interest to the members of the Technical Committee.

As was discussed at Thursday's EM-XML Executive Committee meeting, the EM-XML Consortium has been invited to participate in the Global Homeland Security Weapons of Mass Destruction Conference being held September 24-26 in Washington D.C. The goal for attending this conference is to show validation of the CAP standard and to build awareness and momentum around the efforts of the EM-XML Consortium to develop interoperability standards for the emergency management industry. We would accomplish this through a CAP interoperability demonstration by the EM-XML Consortium members who are supporting the CAP standard.

It is recommended that we reserve a 20x20 Pavilion. The EM-XML Pavilion will include a table for the EM-XML Consortium to promote membership and understanding for the Consortium efforts, as well as individual tables or kiosks for each participating company. Each company will be able to promote  their own solutions based on the CAP standard and show interoperability by passing CAP alerts between the participating companies and other devices.

The cost of the 20x20 Pavilion is $10,000. As discussed in the meeting, the easiest way to apportion this cost would be divided equally among participating companies.

Please get back to me with your participation interest level, and any other suggestions on the best way to cover the $10,000 cost, by next Wednesday, August 13th.

In addition, the EM-XML Consortium Chair has been invited to participate in a workshop during the conference session to discuss the issue of interoperability. This will be a high level discussion among CIOs from the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Transportation, Department of Defense, Department of Health and Human Services and others as appropriate.

Below is additional information regarding the conference. You can also visit the following Web site:

www.bioterrorism-defense.com

CONFERENCE OVERVIEW

The Global Homeland Security Conference will examine the threat of nuclear and bio-chemical weapons of mass destruction to homeland security. Top-level experts and officials in the homeland security arena will debate what technologies and methodologies are working and which are not when it comes to protecting the nation. This conference will provide stimulus for the creative, innovative, and resourceful thinking and planning we must undertake to save millions of lives and to avoid economic upheaval.

Speakers include: Congressman Kurt Weldon; Ilan Mizrahi, former Deputy Director of the Israeli Intelligence Agency (MOSSAD); John Bolton, Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, Department of State; Winston Riley, Assistant Director, CIA Homeland Security; Ambassador Sergei Batsanov, Director Counter Terrorism, Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons; Riaz Khokhar, Foreign Affairs Secretary, Government of Pakistan (tentative); Peter La Porte, Director, District of Columbia Emergency Medical Office; Charles Ramsey, Chief of Police, Washington, D.C.

Sponsors include Homeland Security Industry Association, Hudson Institute and Boeing. Exhibitors include Bechtel, Antion, ASD Biosystems, QuickSilver Analytics, Hazmat-shower, Sensor Technologies, Lockheed Martin, Xybernaut, Alexeter, and Homeland Security Industry Association.

The conference sessions will be filmed by the Department of Justice and transmitted over the Justice Television Network. It will be rebroadcast to state and federal agencies across the country.

Over 700 attendees are expected: 300+ for the exhibition, 400+ for the conference. There will be approximately 20-25 exhibitors. Attendees include government (local, state, federal) and industry.

This is the third Global Homeland Security Conference being held. The previous shows were held in February 2002 and November of 2002. Following the September conference, it will be held annually.


Cathy M. Subatch
E Team Inc.
818.932.0660 x248
310.770.6885 (mobile)
csubatch@eteam.com
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