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Homeland Security courts Silicon Valley

The government has about $1 billion to spend next year on the development of new homeland security technologies and is looking toward Silicon Valley for ideas on how to spend it. That was the message from Jane Alexander, an official with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, to a group of about 200 technology executives who gathered Thursday at Veritas Software’s headquarters here for tips on how to work with the new research and development arm of the department. Alexander is the deputy director of the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA), a recently formed group charged with funding development and research of technology that could help the government thwart and respond to terrorist attacks and other national disasters. The mission of the group, Alexander said, is to tap academia and industry players for innovative research projects that could help secure “critical infrastructure” such as energy plants and telecommunications lines. Full Story

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