Chertoff, Harris Exec to Discuss Interoperability

Chertoff has kept busy since leaving government, with a new book and consulting group. 
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First responders will participate in a panel discussion on communications and interoperability with former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Harris Corp. executive John Vaughan at the National Press Club in Washington.

The discussion, “Public Safety/First Responder Communications and Tactical Interoperability in the Post 9/11 World,” is scheduled for 12 noon to 1:15 p.m. Thursday and will be Webcast.

Chertoff has kept busy since leaving government. He’s formed a consulting group and has a new book out.

The panel promises discussion of tactical communications and interoperability among law enforcement and public safety users from the period prior to the 9/11 attacks, progress made since then, and what the future holds. Brief panelist remarks will be followed by a live and Web Q&A session involving first responders and the news media.

Vaughan is the senior vice president of Public Safety Communications for Harris. He has spent 28 years running radio frequency businesses serving the public safety, utility, transportation and transit industries.

The panel discussion is at the National Press Club, First Amendment Room, 529 14th St. West, 13th Floor, in Washington.

It will be Webcast live at

Audience members are encouraged to submit questions prior to or during the event to Please include name, organization, contact information and if you would like your question responded to after the event if the panelists are unable to answer during the discussion.

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