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July 2, 2008

 

Photo Credit:  Eliza Wiley, Helena Independent Record.  The panel pictured, from left, Loren Timmerman, president, chapter 231 National Treasury Employees Union, Alex Philp, president and chief executive officer GCS Research LLC, and Kristian D. Merkel, president and chief executive officer S2 Corporation.

Havre, Montana - July 2, 2008

Dr. Alex Philp, President of GCS Research, recently testified before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security at the request of US Senator Jon Tester.  Dr. Philp was one of a group of panelists asked to provide written testimony before the Committee and answer specific questions about the use and implementation of technologies being utilized along the US-Canadian border, specifically the Montana portion of the Northern Border. 

The special field hearing, "Securing the Northern Border:  Views for the Front Lines," involved representives from local, state, and federal government agencies involved in various programs and activities designed to help secure the Northern Border.   The two-hour field hearing concluded three days of fact-finding and information gathering conducted by Sen. Tester. 

Dr. Philp focused his testimony on particular questions from the Committee regarding the role of small business in working with the Dept. of Homeland Security, and how DHS utilizes specific sensors and other geospatial technologies in facing the particular national security threats associated with Montana's Northern Border with Canada. 

Dr. Philp was also asked to comment and provide suggestions on improving the role small businesses can play in supplying next-generation surveillance and intelligence gathering tools to the unique geography found along the vast and remote Montana Northern Border. 

For more information, please see detailed coverage provided by the Helena Independent record:

http://www.helenair.com/articles/2008/07/02/top/tonnnnp/40st_080702_borderhearing.txt