Event Date/Time: Sep 10, 2003 End Date/Time: Sep 11, 2003
Registration Date: Sep 10, 2003
Early Registration Date: Sep 02, 2003
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Defense Week brings you the third in its series of six C4ISR conferences this year that will tell you where the Department of Homeland Security's Directorate of Science & Technology is focusing its R&D priorities and how it will manage its IT acquisition.

This cutting-edge conference will help the expanding and merging C4ISR and homeland security communities define needs, as well as provide insight into the way in which industry may help to fulfill those needs in the spirit of the public/private partnership that the Bush Administration is fostering.

What are the new Department's homeland security R&D requirements and performance-based integrated contracting mechanisms? How will integrating contractors select and manage IT vendors under some of the new contract models?

At this conference, you will hear the specifics behind DHS's five-year interim procurement authority. You will learn the S&T Directorate's approach to prototyping and how it will address performance metrics under its performance-based integrated contracts for IT services.

This conference will profile the Directorate's Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) and outline the relationship between HSARPA and the Department of Energy (DOE) National Labs, as well as the business opportunities that may result. Find out how the S&T Directorate will integrate C4ISR in its relationships with the DOE national laboratories, the intelligence community, Northern Command, Joint Forces Command and DoD, as well as how DHS will manage information sharing and analysis and the role of the Los Alamos/Sandia National Infrastructure Simulation & Analysis Center (NISAC). What does all this C4ISR integration mean for contractors and vendors?

Learn the role of the DHS' new federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), the Homeland Security Institute, the think tank for risk analyses, simulations of threat scenarios, analyses of possible countermeasures and strategic plans for counter-terrorism technology development. At this conference, you will find out how the Department will establish criteria for other FFRDCs and universities to compete for homeland security R&D contracts and how will it manage that competition.

Get detailed insights into:
* The DHS program for small business that includes vendor outreach events
* The Department's administration of its grants program for state and local agencies, e.g., the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) grants for port security
* The range of legal issues arising from homeland security acquisition - from intellectual property to insurance, liability and Safety Act concerns
* The industry perspective on homeland security R&D and procurement - from the integrating contractors to vendors, consultants and small business
* How DHS will manage its relations with allies and foreign industry competition for contracts capitalizing on C4ISR business opportunities
* And more!!....

This conference will profile specifically the R&D business opportunities for C4ISR technologies serving cyber-security, intermodal nuclear-biological-chemical (NBC) and explosives detection sensors and intel/threat fusion.

If you are a C4ISR or homeland security professional - whether in R&D or business development - working requirements, managing programs or providing systems and services to the government, this is a conference you must attend.