Friday, March 2, 2012

Academic Advisory Council with Homeland Security

On March 1, 2012, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the formation of the Homeland Security Academic Council (HSAAC).

The Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council (HSAAC), will be advising the Secretary and senior leadership at the Department on several key issues that will facilitate better collaboration between academic communities and homeland security.

“The formation of this Council represents an important milestone towards engaging the academic community in our homeland security efforts,” said Secretary Napolitano. “Their collective expertise will be a critical asset to the Department, and I look forward to working with them.”

The group will be chaired by Dr. Wallace Loh of the University of Maryland, and they will tackle in providing advice and recommendations on issues related to student and recent graduate recruitment; international students; academic research; campus and community resiliency, security and preparedness; and faculty exchanges.

The inaugural meeting of the council is scheduled for March 20, 2012 in Washington, D.C.

1. The intent would be an advantageous initiative that will improve better relationship between immediate entities that relate to the development and community security

2. It may pursue better handling of  "possibilities of threats to security" that can cause tremendous disruption to the country where students are involved

3. It may facilitate better use of graduates, faculty, research and international individuals who might be able to support the larger community through economic prosperity, community security and preparedness

4. The results of the Council's efforts will remain to be seen, dependent on outputs and demonstration of its impact to the community at large and homeland security

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