Presentation CLICK DHS-presentation-to-NMTC-140911.pdf
Dr. Famini is the Director of the Chemical Security Analysis Center (CSAC), established under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2006, co-located with Department of Defense assets at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. provides a scientific basis for the awareness of chemical threats and the assessment of risk to the American public due to chemical hazards.
The CSAC under Dr. Famini has established itself as a key interagency resource for chemical terrorism information, and has ongoing interagency collaboration with several key Departments, including the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Defense, the FBI, the EPA, and other key assets within DHS.
Take aways by the NMTC executive team were:
Highlights of his presentation shared how their main focus on chemical risks have more to do with the domestic transportation of industrial chemicals as chlorine and ammonia; chlorine being the more concerning. Tracking, preventing spills and rapid response are the major focus. Literally, tons of these dangerous chemicals come through our cities, on truck or rail, every day.
Another DHS major business issue, now being resolved, is a more efficient way to buy equipment. Also, over 85% of their staff, at Edgewood, is contractor based and continually expanding.