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September 7, 2010

USIBC Homeland Security Mission Lands in Delhi: Signals New Era in U.S-India Security Cooperation
 

The U.S.-India Business Council today launched its inaugural Homeland Security Executive Mission at INDESEC Expo 2010. This "first-ever" mission comes on the heels of nine aerospace & defense executive missions to India promoting deeper strategic collaboration between the U.S. and India.

Comprised of America's top defense/security and cyber security/IT companies, including BAE Systems, Boeing, Connectiva, HBI, Honeywell, IBM, IEM, Implant Sciences, ITT Defense International, Microsoft, Northrop Grumman, Palantir, Pillsbury Winthrop, Raytheon, Steptoe & Johnson, United Technologies Fire & Security and The Cohen Group, this broad-based delegation is being led by Admiral James Loy, Senior Counselor at The Cohen Group and a former Deputy Secretary in the U.S Department of Homeland Security, which was created in response to the "9-11" terrorist attacks. He is joined by Lt. General Harry Raduege, Chairman of the Deloitte Center for Cyber Innovation and co-chairman of the Commission on Cyber security for the 44th Presidency. Both are eminent experts within the U.S national security apparatus.

"Just like the 9-11 terrorist attacks in America galvanized the U.S private sector to develop cutting edge technologies in meeting the country's emerging threats, we believe the same response from Indian industry is occurring after 26/11. Deeper U.S-India counterterrorism and homeland security cooperation must also focus on developing rapid and coordinated response and recovery capability to deal with future events," said Admiral James Loy. Loy also served as the first administrator of the newly created Transportation Security Agency (TSA), which is responsible for protecting America's transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce.

At the June 3rd U.S-India Strategic Dialogue held in Washington, DC, External Affairs Minister Krishna and Secretary of State Clinton heralded the unprecedented and expanding India-U.S. counterterrorism partnership, as embodied in the recently signed U.S.-India Counterterrorism Cooperation Initiative (CCI), to enhance collaboration, information sharing and capacity building.

"Washington and New Delhi share a common interest in defending against terrorist networks, preventing cyber attacks and protecting critical infrastructure. We look forward to our discussions this week with the Government of India and the private sector to discuss collaboration and best practices in homeland security. We are here to reaffirm our partnership to India," said Lt General Harry Raduege. Over a 35-year career, he directed the Pentagon's Defense Information Systems Agency and performed as the Manager of the National Communication System during 9/11. Notably, he led efforts to restore communications to the Pentagon and prioritized the restoration of communications in New York City following the September 11 terrorist attacks; upgraded presidential communications; and led the successful expansion of the department's Global Information Grid through a $1 billion transformational communications program.

USIBC's delegation companies will demonstrate their latest-grade, proven technologies and products at INDESEC 2010. Nik Khanna, Director (Aerospace & Defense) at USIBC and Mission Coordinator added that "U.S. industry's participation in and support of India's homeland security sector will not only provide India with the best equipment, but will also boost job creation in both countries through technology sharing, partnerships and high end manufacturing."

The U.S.-India Business Council, formed in 1975 at the request of the Government of India and the U.S. Government to advance commercial ties between the world's two largest free-market democracies, is hosted under the aegis of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region. For more information please visit www.usibc.com.