Policy Briefing: Preventing Vehicular Attacks

May 10, 2018
902 Hart Senate Office Building
120 Constitution Ave. NE
Washington, DC 20002

Policy Briefing: Preventing Vehicular Attacks

The Security Industry Association (SIA) will host 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

8:30–9:00 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
    • Threat Assessment Team, Thornton Tomasetti

9:00–9:50 a.m. - Matching Countermeasures to the Threat

  • Balancing Risk, Cost, Open Space and Design Requirements
    • Huston Dawson, Principal, Thornton Tomasetti
  • The Role of Standards
    • Joe Hugo, Technical Committee Operations, ASTM International
  • Available Solutions Overview
    • John Scolaro, CEO, Nasatka Barriers

9:50–10:00 a.m. - Coffee Break

10:00–11:00 a.m. - Research and Development

  • R& D Trends in Protective Devices
    • Dean Alberson, Texas A&M Transportation Institute & Ameristar
  • Incorporating Protection that conforms with DHS standards
    • Phillip Mattson, Director, DHS Office of Standards & Chair., ASTM Committee on Homeland Security Applications
  • SAFETY Act – Programs and Progress
    • Bruce Davidson, Director, Office of SAFETY Act Implementation, DHS

11:00–11:40 a.m. - Policy and Funding Solutions

  • Federal Initiatives
  • State and Local Initiatives

11:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m. - Break – Lunch Available

Special 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 Insight

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

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Cost: Free (RSVP required)

When: Thursday, May 10, 2018

Where: 902 Hart Senate Office Building, 120 Constitution Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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