Euro-Atlantic Stakeholder Conference 2009: Highlights

From the Euro-Atlantic Stakeholder Conference EASC2009 presents a few highlights from the conference in Stockholm, Sweden, earlier this month. The following text is copied from the email sent out to the conference participants.

HIGHLIGHT KEYNOTES & PRESENTATIONS
There were many memorable keynotes and presentations. In one of the most compelling, physician and epidemiologist, Dr. D. A. Henderson described the international effort he headed during the 1960s to eradicate smallpox, for which he received the Medal of Freedom in 2002.
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Mr. Sten Tolgfors, Swedish Minister for Defence (also responsible for Homeland Security) joined MSB Director General Helena Lindberg for a great overview and insight into Sweden’s practical and functional approach to maritime multi-force interoperability.
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U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, The Honorable Janet Napolitano welcomed the audience with a special video, introduced by Mr. Brad Buswell, Under Secretary (acting) for Science and Technology, DHS.
Mr. Buswell also welcomed the webcast audience of international registrants(in no particular order) from the United Kingdom, Canada, Jamaica, Ireland, Germany, Finland, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Ukraine, Slovenia, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Switzerland, France, Lithuania, Spain, the USA and even Singapore, Australia, China, Japan and Taiwan.
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Dr. Starnes Walker, Director of Research, DHS Science & Technology Directorate, moderated a session with a number of the Directorates Division Directors including the Chem/Bio, Explosives, Human Factors, Infrastructure & Geophysical, Borders & Maritime, and Command Control & Interoperability divisions.
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