Remarks by Secretary Napolitano at the Interagency Council for Applied Homeland Security Technology's Counter-IED Symposium [December 1, 2009]   [open pdf - 68KB]

This Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Press Release highlights Secretary Janet Napolitano's remarks given at the Counter-IED Symposium hosted by the Interagency Council for Applied Homeland Security Technology (ICAHST). More specifically, Secretary Napolitano states the following: "So today I want to recognize our many federal, state, tribal and local partners who have come together to speak about and talk about one of the most serious threats to the homeland--the threat of an attack via an improvised explosive device [IED]. Now, we all know that IEDs come in many forms, and that building them does not require a lot of technical sophistication or materials--that they can be used and have been used on land, sea, or in the air. And as we know all too well, they can cause extensive damage and loss of life as well as chaos and disorder. So this is a threat that we take most seriously at DHS [Department of Homeland Security], and as I know everyone in this room does. And it is a threat that the Obama administration is fully committed to protecting against, whether here at home or overseas, in support of our nation's military and our own allies. Simply put, the IED threat warrants our sustained attention as well as our best thinking."

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