The GSN 2015 Digital Yearbook of Awards

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GSN 2015 DIGITAL YEARBOOK OF HOMELAND SECURITY

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AIRPORT, SEAPORT, BORDER SECURITY AWARDS PROGRAMS

GSN INTERVIEW

Chuck Brooks, Distinguished Judge

GSN 2015 Homeland Security and

Airport, Seaport, Border Security Awards programs

GSN: What are your general thoughts on the

2015 awards?

CB: For me it was a real pleasure judging this year’s

annual Homeland Security and Airport, Seaport, Border

Security Awards programs. The submissions this year

were frankly quite amazing. The capabilities and technical

merits of the IT and Physical security products/solutions

of all the vendors made it especially difficult to judge. In

my opinion they were all winners because they are leading

technological contributors to the current and future

security of our nation. It is good to know that very talented

people in industry and government are continually

designing and upgrading security solutions to fill gaps as

adversaries are becoming more hostile and sophisticated.

GSN: You spent many years on Capitol Hill and

also at the Department of Homeland Security.

As we head into 2016, what do you envision as

homeland security spending priorities?

CB: Macro spending will increase across the board on

homeland security products and services In accordance

to the new threats we are especially facing from ISIS and

from other terrorist actors, and global instabilities. This

was reflected in the recent passage of the 2016 omnibus

spending Bill recently passed by Congress by Congress.

The bill provides DHS with $40.96 billion, which is an

increase of $1.33 billion over the fiscal year 2015 enacted

levels. It included increased funding levels for Customs

and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement

and for DHS Cybersecurity programs in the DHS

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