Policy Briefing: Preventing Vehicular Attacks

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Policy Briefing: Preventing Vehicular Attacks

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The Security Industry Association (SIA) hosted a briefing in Washington. D.C., at the Hart Senate Office Building for policymakers, federal agency personnel, state and local government leaders, project designers and other stakeholders, on how safety and security in public spaces can be enhanced through protections for pedestrians and crowds. Presentations and discussion will focus on physical security measures that protect against hostile vehicle attacks, and how policies, standards and funding can be coordinated to better protect public spaces.

May 10, 2018

8:30–9:15 a.m. - Defining the Threat from Vehicular Attacks

  • Introduction
    • Rob Reiter, Co-Founder, Storefront Safety Council & Chief Security Consultant, Calpipe Industries
  • Analysis of Recent Attacks in the U.S. and Europe
    • Autumn Harris, Technology Integration Director, Thornton Tomasetti

9:15–10:20 a.m. - Matching Countermeasures to the Threat

  • Balancing Risk, Cost, Open Space and Design Requirements
    • Huston Dawson, Principal, Thornton Tomasetti
  • ASTM Standards for Vehicle Anti-Ram Barriers
    • Joe Hugo, Technical Committee Operations, ASTM International
  • Available Solutions Overview
    • John Scolaro, CEO, Nasatka Barriers

10:20–10:30 a.m. - Coffee Break

10:30–10:55 a.m. - R&D Trends in Protective Devices

  • Dean Alberson, P.E., Ph.D., Bulwark Design Innovations LLC & Ameristar

10:55–11:20 a.m. - Incorporating Protection that Conforms with DHS Standards

  • Phillip Mattson, Director, DHS Office of Standards, and Chair, ASTM Committee E54 on Homeland Security Applications

11:20–11:45 a.m. - SAFETY Act Program: Overview, Opportunities and Current Initiatives

    • Bruce Davidson, Director, Office of SAFETY Act Implementation, DHS

11:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m. - Lunch Served

Congressman Dan DonovanSpecial Guest – U.S. Congressman Dan Donovan

Chairman, House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications 

12:00–1:00 p.m.- Best Practices for Protecting Public Spaces – Industry Insights Panel

  • Nathan Wells, Ameristar
  • Greg Davidson, Calpipe Industries
  • Jonathan Berry, Marshalls
  • John Scolaro, Nasatka
  • Anthony Sirolli, FAAC Group

1:00–1:30 p.m. - Q&A with Participants

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