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Homeland Security unveils technology advisory panel

The Homeland Security Department on Thursday unveiled its new 18-member science and technology advisory committee. The body, mandated under the 2002 law that created the department, consists of top government and industry scientists with expertise in various fields deemed essential to homeland security. In remarks to panel members at their first meeting, Charles McQueary, Homeland Security’s undersecretary for science and technology, said their expertise will be vital in helping the department ready equipment to protect the country from terrorism. “This division has the responsibility to provide the best science directly to our operational units. It’s very important to me that this organization help deliver things,” McQueary said. “The real important responsibility we have is to engage in scientific areas that will provide capabilities to the nation’s first responders” to emergencies. Full Story

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