Chertoff Featured in National Press Club Power Lunch

Panel with Former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Harris Corporation’s Dr. John Vaughan on Public Safety/First Responder Communications and Tactical Interoperability in the Post 9/11 World.

Thursday, September 3, 12:00-1:15 PM; doors open at 11:45 AM

What: Panel discussion of tactical communications and interoperability among fire fighters, law enforcement, public officials, and other public
safety/first responders 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.

Who: The Hon. Michael Chertoff: The former U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary and current Chairman & Managing Principal of the Chertoff Group will address the advances of public safety/first responder communication from the political and governmental point of view, and the steps needed to help ensure that the nation’s public safety interoperability requirements continue progressing.

Dr. John Vaughan: Vaughan serves as the Senior Vice President of Public Safety Communications for Harris Corporation. Vaughan will discuss the technical landscape of public safety communications technology pre-9/11, how it has progressed since that time, and where the technology is heading. Harris Corporation is a leading provider of public safety communications networks, systems and equipment and the market technology leader. Vaughan has spent 28 years running radio frequency businesses serving the public safety, utility, transportation and transit industries.

Where: National Press Club, First Amendment Room, 529 14th St. West, 13th Floor- Washington, DC

Webcast: This event 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.

RSVP: Space constraints limits access to about 40 news media, public safety officials and other invited guests. Mandatory RSVP to Broadcast media should indicate if you will be recording the event so the appropriate audio arrangements can be made.

Questions: Marc Raimondi, 202-729-3732,; or Morgan Dyson, 202-729-3750,