updated: 2/21/2005 1:37:33 PM

Major Technology Partnership Aimed at Boosting Indiana's Homeland Security Industry

Inside INdiana Business

  to CTASC Director Earl Morgan talk about the partnership and its potential impact on the state.

The Indiana Counter-Terrorism and Security Council (CTASC), the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indiana University and Purdue University are partnering in an effort aimed at developing and advancing technologies for homeland security and military use.

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The agreement will leverage Crane's extensive knowledge and expertise in anti-terrorism and force protection, highlighting its importance to Indiana and the nation.

CTASC says the technologies created will help position Indiana as a major player in the growing homeland security industry, creating new companies and jobs for the state.

Source: Inside INdiana Business

Partnership Press Release

Securing the Homeland and developing Hoosier jobs are the goals of an agreement announced today. The Indiana Counter-Terrorism and Security Council (CTASC), Crane Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indiana University and Purdue University have signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) for the development, application and advancement of technologies designed for homeland security or military use.

“The protection of 6.2 million Hoosiers is the chief priority of state government. Combining the resources of Crane, Purdue, I-U and CTASC will help us better achieve that goal,” said Lt. Governor Becky Skillman, Chair of CTASC. “This agreement will push Indiana to the forefront in the development of security-related technologies. This partnership highlights Crane’s importance, not only to Indiana, but also to the nation.”

CTASC, the state’s liaison to the US Department of Homeland Security, will benefit from the agreement through the creation of a public safety technology evaluation system and training opportunities. In addition, the CRADA enables CTASC to advance its goal of protecting Hoosiers by spurring the development of a homeland security industry within Indiana, bringing those technologies closer to home.

“It just made sense to tap the intellectual capital in our own backyard to help us further our homeland security strategies,” said Earl Morgan, CTASC Director. “The potential outcomes from the CRADA create a win-win situation for the state. The technologies evaluated and created will help us attain an even better level of preparedness and position Indiana to become a player in a growing homeland security industry.”

The CRADA brings together Crane’s extensive knowledge and expertise in anti-terrorism and force protection. These capabilities include physical security, night vision/electro-optics, chemical-biological detection, small arms, radar systems and expeditionary warfare.

Helping the state meet its economic development goals is a major priority for Indiana University, according to Michael A. McRobbie, IU Vice President for Research and Information Technology.

“Indiana University enthusiastically looks forward to working with Crane towards developing locally based homeland security enterprises,” McRobbie said. “IU is performing cutting edge research in both the life sciences and information technology arenas. We have state-of-the-art laboratories and supercomputers. All of these assets can be brought to bear on the problems that must be solved to protect our country from 21st Century security threats.”

Alok Chaturvedi, Director of the Purdue Homeland Security Institute, said the arrangement is needed so a wide range of experts and practitioners can better share information about training, tactics, and emerging technologies such as innovative sensor networks designed to detect weapons of mass destruction.

“The idea is to form a united front so that we can all benefit from each other’s specialized knowledge, creating courses and programs in the process,” said Chaturvedi, an associate professor in the Krannert School of Management at Purdue.

The CRADA expires in three years, unless extended. To learn more about the organizations involved in the CRADA and their missions, visit www.in.gov/ctasc, www.crane.navy.mil, www.cacr.iu.edu and www.purdue.edu/DiscoveryPark/phsi/.

Source: Office of Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman

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