MITRE has announced it now supports the Homeland Security Experts Group, an independent, nonpartisan group of homeland security and counterterrorism experts that educates the public and government leaders, including the secretary of homeland security.
HSEG, formerly known as the Aspen Homeland Security Group, will retain its previous leadership and independence, MITRE announced, with Secretary Michael Chertoff and former California Rep. Jane Harman continuing as HSEG co-chairs. U.S. Army veteran Rob Walker serves as executive director.
“Threats today are more varied, complicated, and digital than they were when the Department of Homeland Security was formed,” Chertoff said. “HSEG is an important resource to government leaders confronted with an ever-changing threat landscape. We address topics from the ground truth, not political corners.”
The group will continue to conduct in-depth research and elevate the conversation on homeland security threats and risks. Experts remain available to offer background and commentary to the news media.
“HSEG’s strength is the collective experience of its members, most of whom served in key policy roles during and after 9/11,” Harman said. “It provides the opportunity to share that experience and new ideas on a nonpartisan basis with the Secretary of Homeland Security and key leaders across the homeland and national security mission.”