American Public University System's Homeland Security Symposium to Address Needs of Smaller Communities

Event Set for Feb. 6-7, Washington, D.C.; Oct. 1 Deadline for Submitting Papers

Charles Town, West Virginia, UNITED STATES

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va., Aug. 7, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- American Public University System has issued a call for papers for its "Homeland Security: The Ripple Effect" symposium -- one of the first-ever conferences to address the needs of smaller communities when catastrophe strikes. The two-day homeland security event will be Feb. 6-7 at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C. (

The University System ( invites academics, emergency managers, law enforcement and public safety officials, federal policy makers, representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and others to submit papers addressing the symposium's theme. Submission deadline is Oct. 1.

"There has been considerable planning and discussion regarding the impact of a major catastrophe -- a natural disaster, terrorist act or other large-scale event -- on larger cities," says Dr. Frank McCluskey, provost. "We want to help find solutions for issues facing outlying areas."

The homeland security symposium will address resources, planning, and training. The goal: help smaller communities develop a systematic approach for disaster response.

The University System is a regionally and nationally accredited distance learning institution that serves more than 15,000 students worldwide. It was among the first to offer homeland security degrees. The depth and breadth of the curriculum uniquely position it as one of the leading homeland security programs available today.

Submission guidelines

Paper submissions should include a 500-word abstract on the following homeland security topics:

  --  Interoperability
  --  Communication networks
  --  Transportation network management
  --  Logistics
  --  NGO roles
  --  Medical and trauma issues
  --  At-risk populations
  --  State/local and federal cooperation
  --  Emergency and incident management

Submissions should include an abstract and biography and can be e-mailed to Presenters should address questions to that e-mail address or call Bob Jaffin, program director, at (603) 377-0711.

Register via the conference Web site at or call Potomac Management Resources, 1 (888) 767-5561 or 1 (703) 683-5561. A discount for early registration ends Nov. 30. Group discounts are available.

About American Public University System

American Public University System is comprised of American Military University and American Public University. The distance learning institution provides relevant and affordable distance learning in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs -- taught by professors who are experienced in the real-world subjects they teach. AMU and APU prepare students for careers in homeland security, intelligence, national security, criminal justice, emergency management, business and more.

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