ASIS to Hold Conference on Biological, Chemical Threats

The American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) will present "Target America: The New Reality of Terrorism" on Dec. 14, 2001, at the Ritz Carlton-Pentagon City in Arlington, Va. This one-day conference is designed to be an eye-opening look at biological and chemical threats facing the United States and how they play a role in the new reality of terrorism.

Judith Miller of the New York Times will be among the featured speakers of this intensive conference, which will offer recommendations as to what actions can be taken to impede potential terrorist attacks and mitigate their effects against our nation's people, businesses, and critical infrastructure.

Sponsored by the ASIS Council on Global Terrorism, Political Instability, and International Crime, this intensive conference will offer Recognized subject matter experts will explore these key areas:

  • The threat of terrorist attacks against Americans using biological and chemical weapons;
  • The impact of an attack directed against the nation's agricultural base, our food and water, and other critical infrastructure;
  • The potential for retail shopping centers as a terrorist target.

The program will last from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Speakers are scheduled to include:

Keynote Speaker:
Kenneth C. Weaver, chief postal inspector, U.S. Postal Inspection Service – "Biological Terrorism"

S. John Whidden, M.D., Ph.D., consultant to U.S. Government Agencies – "Chemical Terrorism"

Brigadier General Peter Hidalgo, USA (Ret.), former commander, U.S. Army Chemical Research & Development Center – "Agricultural Terrorism"

Chandler Keys, vice president of public policy, National Cattlemen's Beef Association

Luncheon Speaker: Judith Miller, New York Times – "Keeping America's Retail Shopping Centers & Malls Safe from Terrorism"

Steve Crumrine, vice president for security, The Rouse Corporation, Baltimore, Md. – "High Impact-Low Tech: Terrorist Use of Bombs & Improvised Munitions"

Joseph C. Lund, Jr., supervisory explosives enforcement officer, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms, Washington, D.C. – "The Search for Domestic Energy Security After 9/11"

Dr. Stefan Leader, U.S. Department of Energy/Eagle Research Corporation.

Registration fees are $395 for an ASIS member, and $535 for non-members. To register for this or other ASIS educational programs, you can visit the ASIS Web site, located online at, or contact ASIS Customer Service at 703-519-6200.

ASIS offers over 40 educational programs annually throughout the United States, including the 20th Annual Global Government/Industry Conference on Global Terrorism, to be held March 6-8, 2002, in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Newswire

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