Technology Futures Inc.

Ms. Carrie Vanston,
Media Relations Director
(800) TEK-FUTR, (512) 258-8898

Homeland Security: A Technology Forecast

Homeland Security Employment Potential for Texas

AUSTIN, November, 2004, TX--The events of September 11, 2001 created dramatic employment opportunities for technology- related jobs growth in the homeland security (HS) area. According to a new report from Technology Futures, Inc. (TFI), "Homeland Security: A Technology Forecast," seven technology areas will ultimately make up the technical underpinnings for the nations homeland security agenda, and will serve as major areas of potential employment in Texas. TFI is now making available a COMPLIMENTARY copy of this 124-page report to YOU and YOUR READERS at <>.

The report was written by John H. Vanston, Ph.D. (Chairman, TFI) and Henry Elliott (Analyst, TFI), sponsored by the Texas State Technical College (TSTC), and edited by Mr. Michael Bettersworth. A list of some general observations and a table of contents from the report are presented below.

In discussing the report, lead author John Vanston comments that, "There is tremendous potential in the HS area for Texas, but fully capitalizing on these opportunities will require careful planning and prompt action to train the people needed to support HS requirements."

Michael Bettersworth, Associate Vice Chancellor for Technology Advancement with TSTC and Program Director for the forecast, adds, "While this report is designed to assist Texas community and technical college leaders in making decisions about homeland security educational programs, much of the information, ideas and concepts presented should be useful to others involved in homeland security in Texas and elsewhere. We envision our efforts as enhancing the economic competitiveness of Texas and ensuring a competitively skilled workforce for future Texas employers."

Some of the findings of this report:

A table of contents follows this press release.

We would be very pleased to have the report reviewed by your publication and/or be cited for articles examining the subject matter. TFI and TSTC project participants would also be glad to be interviewed and quoted for articles relating to the subject matter.

Dr. Vanston has been actively involved in technology management and forecasting for over 25 years. He is an internationally renowned educator, author, and consultant in technology forecasting, technology/market integration, and technology management in uncertain environments. His full bio can be found at .

Co-author, Mr. Elliott, works in the areas of nanotechnology, materials science, and technology forecasting. Prior to joining TFI, he co-founded Nanotechnologies Inc., an Austin based nanomaterials company.

This project was conducted under TSTC's Programs for Emerging Technologies (PET) which identifies, evaluates, and forecasts potential emerging technology programs.

TSTC is a public coeducational institution of higher education offering courses of study in technical education leading to the award of Certificates and Associate of Applied Science degrees. TSTC also provides technical education and training to business and industry, continuing education to the public, and training programs for community and state economic development. For more information on TSTC and its activities, visit TSTC or call (800) 792-8784.

For over 25 years, TFI has helped organizations plan for the future by offering outstanding technology forecasting, strategic planning, trend analysis, and strategic market research services in high-technology and telecom technologies. Drawing on proven, quantifiable forecasting methods and strategic applications, we combine the vision of the futurist with the down-to-earth judgment of the technologist. Clients have ranged from small start-ups to half of the Fortune 100 companies, leading government agencies, and top-tier universities. We are "Your Bridge to the Future."

We invite you to peruse our Press Room to learn more about us. A list of many of our citations can be found at TFI News.


Ms. Carrie Vanston, Media Relations Director, TFI Tel: (800) TEK-FUTR, (512) 258-8898 E-mail:

Please contact Carrie with any questions or to interview Dr. Vanston and/or other participants on this report. Dr. Vanston and the TFI staff are also always happy to comment on technology forecasting principles and technology and telecom trends.

Thank you for your attention.

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November 2004
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Homeland Security: A Technology Forecast

Table of Contents

List of Appendices
List of Figures
List of Tables
Executive Summary

Part 1: Implications of Homeland Security Programs
General Observations
--Workforce Implications
--Community and Technical College Homeland Security Strategies
--Network Security
--Weapons of Mass Destruction Detection
--Weapons of Mass Destruction Mitigation/Decontamination
--Concealed Explosives
--Critical Infrastructure Security
--Pattern Analysis
--Current and Developing Educational Projects

Part 2: Technologies Associated with Homeland Security Programs
--Commercial Off-the-Shelf Status of Biometric Technologies
--Biometrics Industry and Technology Trends
--Weapons of Mass Destruction Detection
--Weapons of Mass Mitigation and Decontamination
--Network Security
--Concealed Explosives
--Critical Infrastructure Security
--Pattern Analysis

Final Comments

Appendix A: Federal Government Programs
Appendix B: State Programs
Appendix C: List of Reports and Studies Utilized
Appendix D: Experts Interviewed
Appendix E: CERIAS-Eight Week Program for Faculty Members in CyberSecurity
Appendix F: West Virginia University - DOD Biometrics Management Office, Concepts in Biometric Systems and Information Assurance