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National Security Experts To Discuss Fight On Terrorism At U.Va. Conference

March 11, 2002-- Former U.S. Secretary of Defense and CIA chief James Schlesinger will be among many nationally recognized speakers at a University of Virginia conference on terrorism, April 17-18, at the Boar’s Head Inn in Charlottesville.

Schlesinger will speak at an April 17 dinner and Virginia anti-terrorism director John Hager will speak at a lunch the same day, during the two-day conference sponsored by U.Va.’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.

The conference, "Strategic Responses to Risks of Terrorism," will highlight terrorism’s threats to critical infrastructures and explore a range of potential strategic responses. Nationally recognized authorities with first-hand experience in coping with the threat of terrorism and national security will address a broad array of related issues -- including the potential role universities can play in a national strategy.

"After the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, the United States can no longer afford to respond to threats on an ad hoc basis," said Yacov Haimes, director of the Center for Risk Management of Engineering Systems, at U.Va.’s Engineering School. "The conference should enable participants, many of whom are federal employees, to understand the range of policy options and allow them to explore the challenges posed by terrorism in a national context."

Other conference sponsors include The MITRE Corp., an independent, not-for-profit systems engineering firm, which manages federally funded research and development centers for the Department of Defense, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Internal Revenue Service. Also, the U.Va. Office of the Vice President for Research and Public Service, the Center for Risk Management of Engineering Systems, and the Miller Center of Public Affairs.

Contact: Charlotte Crystal, (434) 924-6858

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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