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New group to address 'disconnect' in security market

A “tremendous disconnect” exists between federal, state and local government agencies and small- and medium-sized businesses looking to enter the counterterrorism market, the founders of a new homeland security organization said on Friday. “We sort of sit between the government, industry and the small-business community so we can become a repository of information and … disseminate that information back out,” Preston McGee, a board member of the not-for-profit Homeland Security Leadership Alliance (HSLA), said during an introductory meeting. So far, the four-week-old organization has more than 70 members from 17 states and five countries, according to Sean Spence, the alliance’s executive director. The diverse membership includes homeland security officials from all levels of government, executives from multibillion-dollar corporations and “little companies that hardly even have revenues yet,” Spence said. Full Story

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