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How Defense is merging with Homeland Security

22 December, 2008

Western political leaders are increasingly recognizing the convergence of defense and homeland security, long regarded as two very different concepts. In essence the former means brave young soldiers, sailors and airmen going abroad with dedicated support, on a mission to engage and defeat a foreign enemy.
Meanwhile the latter relates to police and national guard protecting a nation’s streets, with the only crossover of duties being in protecting borders and key local infrastructure in the more troubled regions of the World.

Nowadays the politicians’ well-argued case is that, by for example defeating Al Qaeda insurgents and sympathisers in battle in Afghanistan and around the Pakistan and Iraqi borders, you are making your home country a safer and securer place to live in.

The nature of warfare has of course changed greatly, with pitched battles now consigned to the history books of past centuries. Instead of that, employing ever more insidious and sophisticated methods, turbaned Jihadist tribesmen have surprised many, coming down from the hills using wireless broadband laptops and GPS alongside RPGs and IEDs and melting in indistinguishably with the local population.

And so, as a media sponsor of the unique Defence Systems & Equipment International (DSEi) event at ExCeL, London, September 8-11, 2009, we in the DefenseFile team will be eager to see how many HS suppliers join with Defense industry regulars in exhibiting, proving the increasingly common interests and perspectives of suppliers, visiting delegations and conference participants with a foot in both camps.

Oliver Haines
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