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COAST GUARD INDUSTRY ACADEMY 2017

Washington Homeland Security Roundtable launches The Coast Guard Industry Academy in collaboration with the U.S. Coast Guard.

WHSR will host the Inaugural Session November 13-15, 2017, at United States Coast Guard HQ, Washington, DC.

The Washington Homeland Security Roundtable (WHSR) announces the creation of the Coast Guard Industry Academy. The Coast Guard Industry Academy is an unprecedented, in-depth program designed to strengthen Industry collaboration and knowledge of the Coast Guard mission. The program consists of quarterly sessions over a one-year period, which are: the opening session at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC, three sessions at selected Coast Guard facilities along the East and West Coasts, the Gulf of Mexico, and the concluding session at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC.  

Please visit http://whsroundtable.org/CGIA2017/ for more information.

USBP/CBP/WHSR INDUSTRY ACADEMY 2015

The USBP/CBP/WHSR Industry Academy 2015 is an unprecedented, in-depth, one year program designed to strengthen industry collaboration and knowledge of the Border Security mission. It will consist of quarterly sessions led by Chief Fisher and his Senior Staff at U.S. Border Patrol Headquarters, selected Southwest and Northern Border Sector tours, and conclude with three days of training and a graduation ceremony at the U.S. Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, New Mexico. 

Please visit http://whsroundtable.org/usbpacademy/ for more information.


WHSR / TSA INDUSTRY FORUM

The WHSR / TSA Senior Executive Industry Forum was created by the Washington Homeland Security Roundtable (WHSR), in collaboration with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). As a result of a signed Memorandum of Agreement between WHSR and TSA, the WHSR / TSA Senior Executive Industry Forum is designed to strengthen industry collaboration with TSA through multiple avenues.

There are two components to the WHSR / TSA Industry Forum:

• Senior Executive Industry Forum

• Small Focus Groups

The Forum hosts semi-annual meetings featuring the TSA Administrator and members of the TSA Senior Leadership Team. Additionally WHSR will host smaller, targeted discussions with industry and members of TSA staff to exchange information, ideas and best practices to support TSA's risk based security initiatives. In 2014, WHSR concluded the first iteration of this effort with the Office of Security Capabilities.

For more information, or synopses on our past meetings, please visit: http://whsroundtable.org/tsa/index.shtml.


Innovation Working Group

This Innovation Working Group is the first in-depth Industry engagement program in DHS that pulls in representatives from multiple components across the Department to work side by side with Industry.

The working group consists of Industry Executives and Senior Executives across multiple DHS components including CBP, TSA, USCIS, USCG, S&T, OCPO, DNDO, and PARM. There is also a separate classified working group with NPPD and I&A. 

Over a one year period of monthly meetings, Government and Industry will work together to first identify the specific barriers to Innovation. Then they will work to both create and recommend implementation strategies for Innovative solutions, combined with mitigation strategies for the identified barriers. This is very much a Working Group with quarterly deliverables and joint overall guideline recommendations back to DHS at the conclusion of the program.

Please visit http://whsroundtable.org/innovation_working_group.shtml for more information.

Washington Homeland Security Roundtable
Presents Safety Award to Security Blanket

Did you know that 23.1 million people around the world are classified as refugees? We sure didn’t – at least not until 6th Grade Riley Hodson informed us at the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo.

Riley designed the Security Blanket to be a mobile, durable, and water-proof all-in-one solution to the most basic needs of refugees and displaced citizens and families.

Please visit http://whsroundtable.org/national_invention_con/ for more information.

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WHSR Luncheon
Thursday September 28, 2017
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October 18-20, 2017

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Quotes


"Triumph Enterprises, Inc. is most appreciative of the opportunity to be an integral part of the WHSR/TSA OSC Small Business Focus Group. The experience has been extremely positive for us.

Having the opportunity to discuss small business procurement ideas and challenges with key decision makers in OSC - who are actively seeking real world inputs from small businesses such as ours - has been refreshing and rewarding.

We've had an open, honest, and forthright dialog with the senior leadership of OSC, and are 100% certain that our ideas have been heard and carefully considered."

Lee Plumb
Vice President, Triumph Enterprises, Inc.
"The WHSR/TSA Focus groups have proven to be an invaluable resource to gain greater insight into TSA as well as to have valuable conversations between a wide range of industry companies and TSA stakeholders. This type of open collaboration generates increased awareness of mission problems and can help create better targeted solutions from traditional and non-traditional market participants."

Don Fenhagen
Associate Partner, IBM
"The WHSR/TSA OSC Focus Groups allowed Engility to better understand not just what TSA's challenges are but why they are challenges. They also allowed Engility to learn the key technical, management, personnel, and corporate key factors that Industry must bring to the table to assist TSA and why they are important."

Peter Lierni
Senior Director, Engility
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"The WHSR/TSA OSC Focus Groups provided a great opportunity for industry to communicate and collaborate with TSA over a sustained period about mutual goals, expectations, and challenges. Congratulations on a job well done. Let's keep the conversation going."

Steve Mikolaski
Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP
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"The open exchange between TSA leadership and industry on the agency's operational challenges and objectives, facilitated by the Washington Homeland Security Roundtable, will have the beneficial effects of enhancing security, speeding deployment of essential technologies, and reducing costs."

Michael T. Dougherty
Director of Law Enforcement Solutions, Raytheon Company
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