Government, homeland security and law enforcement processionals will find an array of strategies and technology at the GovSec conference on May 13 and 14 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Conference tracks for 2014 include:

•    Counter & Anti-Terrorism
•    Critical Infrastructure & Secured Cities
•    Cybercrime & Cyberterrorism
•    Campus Security & Life Safety
•    Law Enforcement Strategies & Tactics

“GovSec continues to deliver education and resources that enable the federal, state and local governments in concert with the private sector, to engage effectively in a national approach to prevention, mitigation, and response,” according to the the conference website.

Variety of Useful Sessions

Open to all conference participants are Keynotes, Special Presentations, a Solutions Theater, Spotlight Sessions, Agency Briefings, Live Demos and Certifications. Sessions such as the following will provide attendees with expert analysis and relevant information:

Marksmanship Under Stress;

Combating the Effects of PTSD: Solutions for Rebuilding;

Beyond the Headlines and Hype: Understanding 3D Printing and Scanning; and the Effect on a Community’s Security/Safety; and

Homeland Security Grants and Law Enforcement

Live action demos include Police Cyclist Techniques and Tactics, Simulated Emergency Response Training Activities, Active Shooter in the Room, and Knife Combat Techniques for Military and Law Enforcement.

The following certification sessions are available:

•    Certified Emergency Manager (CEM)/Associate Emergency Manager (AEMSM)
•    Homeland Protection Certification — CHPP and CHPA
•    CISSP Exam Prep Clinic

Additional sessions include Contingency/Emergency Planning & Management, with events such as Crisis Media Management; COOP 2.0 — How to Move your Continuity of Operations (COOP) Program from Functional to Exceptional; and When Plan B Fails (Parts I and II): Planning & Management and Response & Recovery.

Campus Security & Life Safety sessions cover topics such as: How Three Bullets Changed My Life; How Lockdown Failed Sandy Hook; Critical Infrastructure Issues in a Campus Setting; and Managing Events on Campus: The Trials and Tribulations.

Other categories of events include Critical Infrastructure & Secured Cities, Disaster Response & Recovery, Law Enforcement Strategies & Tactics, Counter & Anti-terrorism, Cyber Security, Cybercrime & Cyberterrorism and a Firearms Forum.


GovSec features Trexpo, a law enforcement conference for tactical training, equipment, technology and services for law enforcement, military, security and federal agencies. As reported in Business Wire, “Trexpo will enable credentialed law enforcement professionals to enhance their Police Week experience by attending free exhibits, educational sessions and demonstrations, and receiving discounted registration for the conference and workshops.”

Trexpo offers products to empower law enforcement, such as:

•    Active shooter and go bags
•    Dispatch systems and software
•    Evidence handling systems
•    Flashlights and tactical lighting
•    Guns and ammunition
•    Law enforcement vehicles
•    License plate recognition systems
•    Mobile apps
•    Non-firearm weapons
•    Personal protection equipment
•    Tactical gear and clothing
•    Tactical response vehicles
•    Tactical weapons and equipment
•    Video systems

Expo Overview

The exhibits at GovSec and Trexpo feature thousands of technologies, solutions and resources, and are free to attend. Government security professionals and their partners in the private sector will be privy to products including:

•    Access Control & Visitor Management
•    Communications
•    Cybersecurity & Cybercrime
•    Emergency Response Vehicles
•    Facility Security & Intrusion Detection
•    Internet Protocol Security Systems
•    Emergency & Mass Notification
•    Law Enforcement Technology & Equipment
•    Threat Detection & Identification Systems
•    Weapons & Firearms


Attendees may choose to enhance their GovSec experience with a half-day workshop on May 12, that will add targeted training and experience. The workshops available are:

•    Mumbai-type terrorist attacks on Washington, D.C. — Tabletop Exercise Workshop
•    The Disaster Experience
•    Leading by Example: Exemplifying the Behavior You Want to See in Others
•    Police Survival Strategies for Response to Unusual Incidents
•    Supply Chain Continuity Management Overview
•    Execution Under Pressure: Building a Higher Performance Safety Team
•    ALICE Active Shooter Response Training: Moving Beyond Lockdown


Keynote presentations for GovSec will take place both mornings, with former National Security Advisor Thomas Donilon offering an insider’s perspective on America’s Foreign, Defense and Cyber Policy on May 13. From an overview of presidential decision-making to the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, to a perspective on U.S.-China relations, Donilon wil break down the issues that are impacting the U.S., locally and globally.

On May 14, Colonel Timothy P. Alben, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Richard DesLauriers, former Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Edward F. Davis, former Police Commissioner (retired) of the City of Boston Police Department; and Brian McGrory (moderator), editor of the Boston Globe will present Boston Marathon Bombing: A Collaborative Approach to Catch a Terrorist.

For more information on the conference or to learn how to attend, visit GovSec’s website.

In this video on the 2013 GovSec exhibit floor, Victor Vella of Panasonic North America discusses ruggedized computing with Panasonic's Tough Book.


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