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I n response to national security directives , the non-profit Homeland Security Policy Institute Group will work to improve opportunities and methods for cooperative action between the Private and public sectors in Homeland Security applications.
As differentiated from National Security, the paradigm of Homeland Security cannot be accomplished by the federal government alone.
In the United States, more than 80% of the critical infrastructure is in the Private sector. Critical infrastructure provides the foundation for our national security, governance, and economic vitality, and way of life. Our protection from and response to terrorism requires coordination between public sector agencies and Private sector businesses. While the need for coordination between the public and Private sectors is powerfully stated in national strategy documents, few Private sector collaborative activities have occurred. The Private sector has not organized within itself nor coordinated with the public sector.
HSPIG has recognized that the lack of Private sector organization, preparation and training has limited this essential Private-public partnering necessary to counter and respond to terrorism.
As a privately funded non-profit organization, HSPIG retains a Private sector orientation including rapid response to change and sensitivity to resource and cost concerns.
The Homeland Security Policy Institute Group Will
Inform Private sector executives in terrorist methods, risk assessment, counter-terrorism techniques, infrastructure protection requirements and best-practice response plans, vaccine programs that involve the public and private sectors.
Generate enterprise architecture to enhance horizontal sharing of information between public and Private sectors.
Promote joint public and Private sector attack response planning and training.
Create a well-trained and informed Private sector work force to assist in proactively dealing with incidents.
Identify and prepare Private sector "Trusted Agents" for rapid post-disaster response.
Provide the necessary tools and representation to discourage government regulation of the Private sector's terrorism prevention and response plans.
The Mission and Objectives will be accomplished by
Utilizing local Chambers of Commerce and other organizations to establish community contacts;
Creating web-based discussion forums supporting information sharing between public and private sectors;
Conducting executive management training, seminars and table-top exercises;
Establishing "Trusted Agents" through application procedures including background checks and Live Scans;
Developing and training Private Incident Management Teams;
Developing and exercising Corporate Crisis Management Teams;
Engaging Trusted Agents and Teams in association with public sector agencies in table-top and community exercises to evaluate and improve responses;
Devising policy and guidelines toward greater Private sector participation in counter-terrorism and attack response.
- Iryll Jones
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