November 4-6, 2014

Held at The Florida Hotel and Conference Center, Orlando, FL

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9th Annual Homeland Security Professionals Conference confirms First 2 speakers

Several speakers that are in great demand have been recently confirmed for the 9th annual Homeland Security Professionals Conference and Expo held in Orlando from November 4th -6th at the Florida Hotel and Conference center. This seminal conference brings together the top people in US Homeland Security and has been attracting a number of global participants from as far as Asia and Africa. With the theme of “Better Tools for mitgating Terrorism and High Risk Crimethe conference promises to be the most informative yet.

Dr. Tanya Glenn -  Personal and Professional Resilience: Are You Ready?

This workshop is designed to educate participants on personal aspects of resilience as well as professional readiness for catastrophic events. It will outline the most recent research on what makes an individual resilient and challenge students to improve their personal resilience. The workshop will also address workplace resilience by examining business cultures, attitudes and protocol for incident preparedness. An emphasis will be placed on implementing the right attitude and capabilities to manage a large scale incidents.

Dr. Tania Glenn is the president of Tania Glenn and Associates (TGA), PA a clinical practice with two offices in Austin, TX and the TGA Readiness Action Division (RAD) a sub-component focused on promoting critical incident response and peer support teams and providing situational awareness training.  As a leading national clinician in the identification of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Dr. Glenn specializes in the treatment of emergency responders and combat veterans by providing briefs on pre and post-deployment, combat stress, and family readiness. She has great experience recognizing symptoms of PTSD and battlefield stress and providing intensive therapy to combat their PTSD.

The clinical practice of Dr. Tania Glenn and Associates, PA provides several therapeutic specialties including adult, couples, family and children’s play therapy.  Dr. Tania Glenn focuses on the public safety, aviation, and military communities as first responders and war fighters have distinct needs requiring specialized client care.  The Associates specialize in other areas including domestic violence, child abuse, mood disorders, personality disorders, self-esteem and workplace violence issues; they also provide mental health services on collaborative law cases and facilitate supervised visits and neutral exchanges.  As a deployable component, TGA-RAD provides training and preparation for extreme stress and trauma events along with training in situational awareness and first response and life saving.

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Certified Trauma Specialist (CTS) with twenty-two years experience treating anxiety and depression, Dr. Glenn deployed to Oklahoma City in 1995, New York City in 2001, and New Orleans in 2005 in support of law enforcement officers, fire fighters, and national guardsman who responded to the Murrah Federal Building and World Trade Center terrorist attacks and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  Recognized nationally, Dr. Glenn’s clients include Avenge Inc., Sierra Nevada Corporation, Southwest Airlines, U.S. Airways, PHi Air Medical, Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations and Border Patrol Special Operations Group, Defense Criminal Investigative Service, U.S Marshals Service Special Operations Group, Army and Air National Guard, Navy Corpsman, USMC 4th Marine Division and 4th Aircraft Wing.  She is the Clinical Director for several critical incident response teams with her unique perspective to special operations competencies.

Dr. Glenn’s emergency room experience includes ten years at Brackenridge Hospital, Austin, TX.  Having developed several traumatic stress management programs, Dr. Glenn currently serves as the traumatic stress management coordinator for Austin/Travis County Emergency Medical Services and Round Rock Police Department.  She is an active faculty member and trainer for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation and an advisory board member for the Brattleboro Hospital Uniformed Services Worker’s Retreat, Brattleboro, VT.

Dr. Glenn received her Bachelor and Master Degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and Doctorate Degree from California Coast University.  Having published numerous articles, Tania serves as a regular contributor to Air Beat: the Official Journal of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association.  A 2006 film documentary titled “Between Iraq and a Hard Place” featured Dr. Glenn for her traumatic stress work for returning military members.  Tania sits on the Board for the Vets 360 – The Unseen Wound in San Diego, CA.  She also sits on the Board for the Tug McGraw Foundation, with a focus on treating and healing Traumatic Brain Injuries. She is a graduate of the Austin Police Academy who also finished the Boston and U.S. Marine Corps Marathons.


Peter DiDomenica - Contextual Emotional Valence: The Next Generation in Behavior Detection

In the U.S. behavior analysis has grown steadily since the 9/11 attacks as a counter-terrorism tactical and strategic tool and has become a standard approach in providing an additional layer screening for securing critical infrastructure. While existing behavior detection programs are effective they generally are limited in evaluating only negative emotions and do not incorporate evaluation of absence of emotion and positive emotions. Existing programs also tend to be static in evaluating emotions by establishing the emotional state based on particular moment in time. Through the use of techniques that quantify the whole spectrum of emotional valence in relation to changes in environmental factors including the targeted use of specific provocations, greater sensitivity and accuracy can be achieved in identifying those individuals with hostile intent.   

Peter DiDomenica founded Quantum Innovation Corporation in 2008 as a homeland security and law enforcement training and consulting firm.  The firm has taught behavior detection developed by Peter to major corporations such as Raytheon and government agencies such as the Pentagon Force Protection Agency and United States Marine Corps

Peter is also employed by the Boston University Police as a Detective Lieutenant where he commands the BU Police Detective Division. He served as a Massachusetts State Police officer for twenty-three years, retiring as a lieutenant in August 2010. He is also presently an attorney having been admitted to the bar since 1995. 

In his last assignment with the State Police Peter served as a lieutenant and staff member in the Office of the Superintendent where he was a subject matter expert and trainer on racial profiling. In this capacity he designed statewide training programs on racial profiling and traffic stop data collection and has designed traffic stop data collection reporting and analysis systems for monitoring of discriminatory enforcement practices. 

After the 9/11 attacks Peter served as the Director of Aviation Security Policy at Boston Logan International airport where he developed innovative anti-terrorism programs including creation of the behavior based screening program adopted by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) know as Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques or “SPOT”. SPOT is used at over 160 major airports by 3,000 TSA Behavior Detection Officers (BDOs).  He developed the Behavior Assessment Screening System (BASS) as terrorist interdiction program based on behavior and statement analysis that he has delivered to over 3,000 police and security officers in over 100 agencies on the federal, state, and local level in the U.S., Canada, and U.K. 

Peter has served as a subject matter expert on behavior analysis for the U.S. Army, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and National Science Foundation. He has been a lecturer on terrorism related issues for the FBI, CIA, Secret Service, DHS, NYPD, and the Department of Defense Criminal Investigations Task Force. He has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives as an expert on behavior detection in homeland security applications. He holds a Juris Doctor from Western New England College School of Law.


MSG David Crowley CAS, CCNREMTP-T

Master Sergeant David Crowley is a Special Operations Medical Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) assigned to the United States Army Civil Affairs. MSG Crowley is a Tactical Medical Instructor for the United States Army and the Civilian Sector, with over 20 years of pre-hospital experience, as both a Nationally Registered Paramedic and as an United States Army Medical NCO.  MSG Crowley has participated in two Operation Iraqi Freedom combat tours and has worked as a Personal Security Detail (PSD) Medic in Afghanistan to support US Army Operations.  MSG Crowley has developed a variety of Tactical Medical Training Programs for our host nation allies in the Middle East and in Mexico.  MSG Crowley has also been a vital participant in the development of numerous Tactical Medical Programs for the Armed Forces of the United States and US Civilian Agencies.

Subject: Medical Response to a Terrorist Incident.

The purpose of this lecture is to provide the foundation for civilian agencies to develop and institute multiple levels of medical response due to an act of terrorism, which often results in casualties.  This outline will range from the development of training to educating immediate first responders, including professional first responders of all calibers; utilizing both lessons learned from current conflicts, as well as, the proven first response capabilities of nations who experience terrorist related incidences.  The goal is to provide an agency with valuable information and tools that can be then utilized to develop a specific program to elevate an agency’s level of response to any terroristic threat or act of terrorism within their jurisdiction.


Stephen Brooks, DHS Division Chief

Stephen Brooks has written and published on the criminal phenomenon of trafficking in humans. He has 30 years of experience as a law enforcement officer with experience in special operations (Crisis Negotiator), investigations, training, and training needs assessment as well as seaport security and anti-terrorism. He has extensive experience in international law enforcement training. He has delivered law enforcement training in Germany, Morocco, Egypt, Thailand, and Moldova to name a few countries. His specialties are : Law enforcement training and training development and maritime law and Investigative strategies for combating trafficking in humans. Stephen Brooks is a published author of law enforcement training material, and technical manuals and has also published a novel


Subject: Human Trafficking

Trafficking in persons is a transnational crime with global implications. In order to combat trafficking and bring its perpetrators to justice, all nations must recognize that trafficking is a serious criminal offense. Politicians and law enforcement officials in all countries must give priority to the investigation and prosecution of trafficking in persons offenses, assign appropriate punishment to those found guilty, and protecting the victims of such offenses. All transit, receiving, and supply countries must cooperate in the prevention, investigation, and prosecution of human trafficking phenomena and offenses. Because the United States is a key destination country for trafficked victims, it has a special role to play in combating the problem and setting an example for other countries to follow. The nexus between the money made and terrorism is well documented.


Robert McCreight

McCreight spent 27 years of combined active and reserve military service concurrently with his civilian work in U.S. Army Special Operations and has devoted 12 years to teaching graduate school as an adjunct at Georgetown, George Mason and George Washington Universities in subjects as diverse as disaster and emergency management, strategic intelligence, nonproliferation policy, homeland security policies, terrorism analysis, intelligence analysis and assessing WMD threats.  He completed his doctoral degree in Public Administration in 1989 and remains active in graduate education programs in emergency and crisis management as well as security studies and terrorism analysis. He has also written and published over 19 articles on chemical weapons use, disaster management, disaster recovery, post-strike attribution, biological weapons threats to homeland security, WMD scenario development and collegiate educational strategies for developing future crisis managers for government service.  His textbook-Emergency Exercise Design and Evaluation was published in 2011 and continues to be a popular resource in graduate schools. He has recently completed a new co-edited text  on the subject of Homeland Defense which will be published in 2014.

Subject: Future threats

Future threats to homeland security and defense will continue to originate in the hands of determined terrorists however the emergence of the 'strategic hybrid threat' which combines national, criminal and terrorist elements creates a unique opportunity for the eventual acquisition of new lethal technologies. This new threat will have the resources necessary to execute sophisticated attacks without leaving identifying fingerprints. Just as we prepare for the onslaught of likely future attacks we must be ready for the unexpected as well. The growth of several major fields in advanced technology, together with their inherently dual use nature, means that several areas of research activity--genomics, robotics, neuroscience, cyber science--to name a few contain the potential for launching a new breed of weaponry in the period 2015-2030. Separately these areas of advanced science can pose risks but when deliberately combined they constitute new forms of WMD.  The time to prepare for these threats is now rather than after their destructive introduction.  Methods for defending against, neutralizing, and thwarting such new attacks are going to be critical to future security measures.


Mike Roche

Mike Roche began his law enforcement career in 1979, with the Little Rock Police Department. During his ten-years of service, he spent time assigned to patrol, street crimes and as a detective. In 1989, Mike Roche began his federal law enforcement career with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms as an arson and explosives investigator. In 1990, Mike transferred to the U.S. Secret Service. His assignments included New Orleans, Miami, the Protective Intelligence and Assessment Division, as well as the Tampa Field Office.  From 1999 until 2001, Mike Roche was the intelligence liaison to the FBI and CIA headquarters. Upon his arrival in Tampa in 2001, Mike Roche became the protective intelligence coordinator over all threat related investigations. In 2009, Mike became an adjunct instructor at St. Leo University on Threat Assessments of Physical Structures and Behavioral Threat Assessments of Mass Killers.  In 2012, Mike Roche retired from the U.S. Secret Service, after serving twenty-two years. He has published three works of fiction and a two non-fiction books, Face 2 Face: Observation, Interviewing and Rapport Building Skills: an ex-Secret Service Agents Guide on rapport building. His newest book is Mass Killers: How You Can Identify Workplace, School and Public Killers Before they Strike.

Subject: Conducting Behavioral Threat Assessments of Mass Killers

This will discuss the historical prospective, current trends and different types of targeted violence. The session will analyze the attacker profile, associated myths, motives, attack related behaviors, and mental illness factors. The attendees will learn investigative and management techniques that will enable first responders to recognize potential warning signs and effectively identify, investigate and mitigate the behavior of those individuals who may be considering school place, workplace or public violence.


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