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Defense contractors slide into homeland security business

Large, traditional defense contractors have easily remade themselves to be homeland security providers since the September 2001 terrorist attacks. But none appear to have made drastic changes that would redefine their core businesses. “We didn’t really reorganize the company for this,” said Steve Carrier, vice president for business development and strategic planning at Northrop Grumman’s Information Technology division. The company’s approach is different but was not “knee-jerk,” he said. “We and others of the DoD contractors are really in the perfect position to bring [homeland security] technologies to bear,” Carrier said. For years, the industry has been providing to the Defense Department and the intelligence community physical and cyber security services that can be used for domestic security, such as protection of networks, interoperability and network-centric operations. Full Story

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