SIA Unveils Plans for 2015 SIA Government Summit

May 04, 2015 By CI Staff1

The Security Industry Association2 (SIA) has announced an exciting slate of speakers for the SIA Government Summit3, to be held June 8-10, 2015, at the W Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The SIA Government Summit is where industry and government technology leaders meet, bringing together all facets of the security industry: executives, integrators, sales and marketing, and government relations professionals.

Registration is now open here4.

Confirmed keynotes to date include:

  • Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
  • Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, chair of the House Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies Subcommittee
  • Sheriff Richard W.

    Stanek of Hennepin County, Minn. (Minneapolis), also former Minnesota Commissioner of Public Safety & Director of Homeland Security

  • Don Salo, Director, Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency, Department of Defense

Summit conference sessions include:

  • Preconference: General Services Administration (GSA) Contracting and the Security Industry. This SIA industry day features GSA officials Chris Redmond (Chief, Schedule 84) and Kay Ely (Director, Schedule 70).
  • Keeping Air Travelers Safe: Rapid Growth in Airport Security Improvements and Financing Needs
  • The Convergence of Cyber and Physical Security: Implications for Federal Agencies
  • Smart Buildings: Integrating Security, Safety and Automation Technology for Government Facilities
  • Securing the Electric Grid: How Utilities Will Meet the New Federal Standard for Physical Security
  • Safe Schools: How School Districts are Funding and Implementing Security Improvements
  • Law Enforcement Technology Trends: Body Worn Cameras and Integrated Video for Public Safety

The full agenda is now online5.

Special registration rates available. Qualified government personnel, and members of the press, can register for free.

To register, visit

Reporters, contact Mickey McCarter, SIA communications manager, at 301-804-4704 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to register.


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Marine charged with hazing while at Guant namo

A Marine sergant accused of humiliating and physically abusing those under his command ordering one to punch another hard enough to make him urinate blood is facing a court-martial in Virginia. Staff Sgt . Dustin A .

Barker of Scott, Ky., is accused of hazing Marines at the U.S . Navy base in Guant namo Bay, Cuba, in 2013, the year he joined the Norfolk-based Marine Corps Security Forces Regiment, an anti-terrorism and security force that deploys to hot spots around the world . He also faces charges over alleged incidents in Virginia.

Barker s general court-martial was scheduled to start at Naval Station Norfolk on Monday. A general court-martial is the most serious type of court martial there is in the military, and is generally considered to be the military equivalent of a felony trial in civilian court . Barker could face years in prison if convicted .

Court officials in Norfolk have reserved a courtroom for the trial through mid-May. Barker s legal representative could not be reached for comment. Documents provided by the military regarding alleged incidents in Guant namo say Barker ordered one Marine to strike another with a rock; ordered two other Marines to punch each other; and ordered another Marine to mount a comrade and punch him in the kidneys to make him urinate blood.

Charge sheets provided by the Marines say he also forced another Marine to punch himself in the face and another was forced to cut grass with scissors while wearing personal protective gear. Barker is also accused of having his Marines at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., run excessive distances while wearing heavy equipment, and in another incident, having so much equipment tied to his Marines arms that they couldn t lift their arms above their chests. At Camp Allen in Norfolk, Barker is accused of requiring an excessive number of advancement exercises known as buddy rushes and requiring his Marines to shave each other s faces while standing outside of their barracks in the presence of other Marines .

The Marines define hazing as any conduct that causes someone to suffer or be exposed to any activity which is cruel, abusive, humiliating, oppressive, demeaning or harmful. Barker also faces other charges for allegedly ordering Marines who were standing watch at Guant namo Bay to leave their posts before they could properly be relieved of their duty to go check a shark rig and for recklessly endangering his Marines at a shooting range at Quantico . He s also accused of being derelict of duty for failing to conduct multiple daily tours of Marine observation posts while his platoon was on fenceline duty at Guant namo Bay.

Barker joined the Marines in 2002 and has racked up a slew of medals and honors throughout his career that has taken him to Iraq and Afghanistan, including two awards for good conduct and one for humanitarian service. The Marines have been striving for years to stamp out hazing in their ranks, and the issue has drawn increased scrutiny from Congress ever since U.S . Rep .

Judy Chu s nephew killed himself in 2011 after being hazed by his fellow Marines in Afghanistan. It destroys our Marines confidence and trust in their fellow Marines and in unit leadership, thus undermining unit cohesion and combat readiness . It does not promote loyalty, does not build esprit de corps, and does not prepare Marines for combat, Gen .

James Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, wrote in a message to all Marines that updated the official hazing policy in 2012 . Hazing will not be tolerated in any form in our corps. The updated policy requires all hazing incidents to be reported and for them to be entered into a central database that also tracks to discrimination and sexual harassment .

Hazing statistics for the Marine Corps were not immediately available Thursday.

Security at East Midlands Airport confiscate toy gun from child

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A four-year-old boy had his toy gun confiscated by “over-zealous” security staff at East Midlands Airport. James Hayward was also patted down by security staff as his toy was taken from him as his family were about to get on their flight to Lanzarote in Spain. His dad Phil Hayward, of Doncaster, said the search was “ludicrous” and that security staff should loosen up.

They took the Nerf gun which is priced at 6 and described as a “semi-automatic soft dart gun” by its manufacturers.

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But East Midlands Airport, which offered to post the “gun” to the family’s home, defended the decision to uphold security. Mr Hayward, 44, said: “Fair enough they are thorough but it just seemed a bit ludicrous to take a plastic gun away from a four-year-old . I thought it was a bit over-zealous considering how many people were trying to get through security at the time.

“It came at the end of an hour and a half queuing, so we didn’t cause too much fuss because we didn’t want to miss our flight.” A spokesman for East Midlands Airport said: “The safety and security of our passengers is our first priority and all regulations on security are set by the government . This regulation states that no items may be permitted through security that resemble a prohibited item.”

On their return to the UK after the March 31 flight Mr Hayward bought James a replacement toy for 10 from eBay.

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