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Peter S. Probst Visits India Following Mumbai Attacks, ASIS Newsletter

Peter S. Probst Visits India Following Mumbai Attacks, ASIS Newsletter

ASIS Global Terrororism, Political Instability and International Crime Council Newsletter, March 2009

Council member Peter S. Probst was invited to India to speak at a conference sponsored by the Indian government and organized by the Centre for Defense and Security Studies. Attendees were high level Indian military and security officials. The primary focus was terrorism, Mumbai and the state of relations between the military and civilian sectors of government.

Discussion was exceedingly candid, and he appeared to be one of the only two non-Indians present. Participating Indian officials included the Deputy National Security Advisor; the former Defence Secretary; Deputy Chief of the Integrated Defence Staff; Former Chief of the Army Staff; Assistant Chief of the Integrated Defense Staff; Director of the Centre for Joint Warfare; Inspector General of the Police, etc.

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Securing the Homeland, Main Line Today

Securing the Homeland, Main Line Today

A Narberth Native Becomes a Defensive Linchpin Against Terrorism

Written by Jim Waltzer; Published in the March print edition of Main Line Today and appeared online on February 19, 2009; Photo by Shane McCauley

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In Narberth, where the train stops, the shops beckon and the ball fields stretch to the horizon, townsfolk treasure the charm and safety of their environs. That hasn't changed since Courtney Banks was growing up here in the 1970s and '80s. 

Unfortunately, the world beyond has. 

A leading voice in homeland security and an entrepreneur with a penchant for people, the 34-year-old Banks seeks to shield the Narberths and the rest of our land from the threat of global terrorism. She's been trained to do so and knows firsthand what failure looks like—her office at the Pentagon was destroyed on 9/11. Now that she's in business for herself, she's no less worried about a large-scale attack. 

"We're most vulnerable during formal election cycles and transition periods," says Banks, whose NSAWW helps companies develop their business in the national security space. "Aviation is still highly at risk. When we have success in containing [terrorism], no one ever knows." 

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An Advisory Boutique for Security Firms - IntelligenceOnline.com

An Advisory Boutique for Security Firms - IntelligenceOnline.com

January 2009: Espousing an innovative concept, the new firm NSAWW provides all the services of a traditional business intelligence company but with an additional twist – it also acts as a small advisory boutique that identifies potential targets for takeovers, oversees rights issues and the like. Working exclusively with companies that specialize in homeland security and intelligence, the firm already counts Triple Canopy, the Visual Defence Inc. Group (a Canadian centralized electronics systems company) and SPADAC (a Virginia-based firm dealing in geospacial intelligence) among its very first customers. NSAWW is endeavoring at present to flesh out its board of advisors. After recruiting former U.S. administration officials in September, it has just appointed Mario Possamai, a Canadian investigator specializing in money laundering and organized crime, to the panel. Possamai worked for years for Lindquist Avey before it was bought out by Kroll. Another recent recruit is major general Henry Stratman, former deputy chief of staff for doctrine at the headquarters of the Training and Doctrine Command. They will join senior U.S. officials already appointed to the board, among them the former director of the DIA, Harry Soyster; ex chief of staff at the National Security Council, Don Kerrick; and the former executive director of the Missile Defense Agency, Patricia Sanders. Founded in June 2007 and headed by the former vice president for homeland security at Raytheon, the 35-year-old Courtney Banks, NSAWW employs several US Secret Service veterans as well as two former executives of Diligence LLC, Charles Kestenbaum, who was in charge of the company's operations in the Middle East, and Whitley Bruner, who worked for the CIA for 27 years.

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Courtney Banks featured on Capitalist Chicks Podcast

January 2009: Courtney Banks was featured in a Capitalist Chicks podcast.

"Courtney Banks worked in National Security long before 9/11 or the Department of Homeland Security was established. She is now CEO of Nat'l Security Associates WorldWide, a company that helps businesses and foreign governments protect themselves in the global market place. She has been to dozens of foreign countries and shares her experiences with us."

Capitalist Chicks (www.capitalistchicks.com) is an online portal that celebrates successful women in today's society, including doctors, lawyers, astronauts, engineers, athletes, CEO's, and even geeks and gamers. Founder Debbie Brannagan publishes articles on her website, and interviews on the accompanying podcast, that enable women to share their advice, knowledge and experience with other women.

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Courtney Banks Selected to Participate as a National Journal National Security Expert

Courtney Banks Selected to Participate as a National Journal National Security Expert

December 2008: Courtney Banks, CEO of NSAWW, was recently selected to participate on the National Journal "National Security Experts Blog." Banks will join other executives, leaders, former government officials and scholars in the area of national security, offering her expertise and opinions on topics ranging from U.S. foreign policy and the Obama administration to cyber security and defense procurement. 

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NSAWW Announces the Addition of Two New Members to Board of Advisors

December 2008: NSAWW is pleased to welcome two newcomers to its Board of Advisors, Mario Possamai and Major General Henry Stratman. They join current members Lieutenant General Don Kerrick, Dr. Patricia Sanders, Steven Pomerantz, Oliver "Buck" Revell, Lieutenant General Harry E. Soyster, and Dr. Marvin J. Cetron.

Mario Possamai is an experienced independent consultant with expertise in security issues ranging from emergency management and pandemic planning to terrorism, organized crime, black market economies, and money laundering. He most recently acted as Senior Advisor to Ontario Superior Court Justice Archie Campbell, who headed the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) Commission, and also served as the Commission's liaison on a pandemic research project conducted by the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) at Fort Belvoir. Previously, Mr. Possamai served for many years as an investigative consultant in complex investigations into counterfeiting operations in Paraguay, Uruguay, and Brazil, as well as the Middle East and Balkans. Prior to this work, he provided forensic consulting services to the Bre-X gold mining fraud investigation in Indonesia in 1997, and served as a forensic consultant to a southern African country (a position in which he gave direct ongoing briefings to the country's Attorney General, Minister of Justice, and Minister of Finance). Mr. Possamai holds the designation of Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). He also sits on the ASIS Council for Global Terrorism, Political Instability, and International Crime.

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CBS NewsMakers Interview: Courtney Banks Video [video]

Courtney Banks was interviewed by CBS Newsmakers. 

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Courtney Banks Breaks the Mold in the Security Industry, News on Women

NewsOnWomen.com: Breaking News – Inside Scoop from Women Executives 

courtney banks newsonwomenSeptember 2008: Courtney Banks is definitely a woman CEO who has never heard of the word "can't". Her groundbreaking work in the area of national security at such a young age (under 35) is amazing. Courtney, who holds a Masters Degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown, tells us about her challenge to rise to the top in a mostly male dominated industry: 

"My interest in Homeland Security started when I was a young girl and saw the television adaptation of Herman Wouk's miniseries, The Winds of War. I knew from that point on that I wanted to work with the military when I grew up and over time that interest expanded into working with law enforcement and in homeland security as well. I was fortunate enough to have been well educated and afforded a lot of opportunities as a child to be exposed to an educational philosophy espoused by many of the role models around me that to whom much is given, much is expected, and I suppose that that altruistic sentiment settled in to my consciousness over time, enforcing my desire to work in support of people who serve others besides themselves. Though certainly many professions fit that bill (teachers, doctors, etc.) the field of national security – as I had originally viewed it in the television epic- stirred an interest in me that I never lost. 

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NSAWW Welcomes Three New Members to its Board of Advisors

September 2008: NSAWW announced today the addition of three new members to its Board of Advisors, Lieutenant General Don Kerrick, Dr. Patricia Sanders, and Steven Pomerantz. They join current members Oliver "Buck" Revell, Lieutenant General Harry E. Soyster, and Dr. Marvin J. Cetron. 

Lieutenant General Don Kerrick is a retired three-star general and former Deputy National Security Advisor to the President of the United States. Most recently, Lieutenant General Kerrick served as Vice President at General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, where he was responsible for strategic planning, business development, mergers and acquisitions, international business, and customer and corporate relations. Prior to his White House appointment, Lieutenant General Kerrick served as the Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Before becoming the Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Lieutenant General Kerrick served as the Chief of Staff of the National Security Council, where he was responsible for directing a staff of 200 personnel from all agencies of the government. In that capacity he was responsible for developing, implementing and reviewing U.S. foreign and national security policies around the world. 

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Pandemic Preparedness: It's Time to Plan

Pandemic Preparedness: It's Time to Plan

September 2008: NSAWW Client Advisor Mario Possamai wrote an article on preparing for pandemics, such as SARS or influenza, for Security Management Magazine.  Mr. Possamai pointed out that the threat of a global pandemic is not a top-level influencer among decision-makers, and stressed that security professionals must work to convince management of the need to develop pandemic plans.  He suggests making a business case that investment in such plans leads to broader benefits for the organization, and discusses ways to develop succession plans and compensaiton plans that align with this pandemic plan.  To read the full article, click the link below, or click here to view the article on Security Management's website.

Possamai.Mario_09.08_Security-Management.pdf

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