8th Annual Asia-Pacific Homeland Security Summit Begins November 22

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HONOLULU, HAWAII – Top government leaders, senior business executives, and security, technology and anti-terrorism experts will convene in Hawaii for the 2010 Asia-Pacific Homeland Security Summit & Exposition starting next week, Nov. 22nd and 23rd, at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel.

The conference will focus on Hosting Special Security Events: Government and Industry Perspectives.  This year, there will be over 450 attendees. The Summit has become the region’s most up-to-date and relevant forum for developing solutions to public and private sector security threats in the Asia-Pacific area. Sessions are designed to maximize participant interaction, stimulate new ideas and innovative approaches through keynote addresses, plenary forums and roundtable discussions.
There are several important speakers on the agenda:

  • Dr. Rohan Gunaratna, Head, International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (Singapore) will give a “Terrorism Update in the Asia-Pacific Area focusing on High-Profile International Events”.
  • Mr. Walter Havenstein, CEO, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) will go over “Lessons Learned and The Future Impact of Cybersecurity on Security Events”.
  • Assistant Commissioner Bud Mercer, Chief Operating Officer, Integrated Security Unit, Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics (Canada) will share “Lessons Learned from the 2010 Winter Olympics”.
  • Mr. Khoo Boon Hui, President of INTERPOL and Senior Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs (Singapore) will discuss “Interagency Planning Considerations When Preparing for Special Security Events”.
  • Major General Randall Marchi, Commander, 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania Army National Guard will go over “Lessons Learned from the 2009 G-20 Pittsburgh Summit”.

The Summit will also feature panels on “Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED): The Transnational Threat”, “Industry Perspectives on Lessons Learned from Past Security Events”, “Observations from the 2010 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Meeting in Japan” and the final panel of the Summit, highlighting the “Road Ahead” for the next APEC Meeting for 2011 in Hawaii. That panel will be moderated by Maj. Gen. Lee and include panelists: The Honorable Peter Carlisle, Mayor, County of Honolulu and Mr. Gregg Yamanaka, Chief Executive Officer, APEC 2011 Hawaii Host Committee and former president of Mary Charles & Associates, Inc.

Complete details about the Eighth Annual Asia-Pacific Homeland Security Summit & Exposition are available online at: https://www.regonline.com/APHLS2010.  The Exhibit Hall is open to the public on Monday from 7:00 am – 6:00 pm and Tuesday from 7:00 am – 12:30 am.

Media interested in attending, are required to check in at the registration desk (fronting the Molokai Ballroom) and wear their own credentials.

Submitted by Lorinda Wong-Lau, APHSS Conference Coordinator, HI State Department of Defense