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Executive Order #111

Governor James E. McGreevey

WHEREAS, New Jersey, the most densely populated State in the nation, has an unmatched array of critical transportation, utility, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and entertainment infrastructure; and

WEHREAS, the State's industrial and civil infrastructure commingles with dense population centers and high traffic transportation corridors; and

WHEREAS, New Jersey functions as a global gateway for people and products with tens of millions of people passing through New Jersey on their way to global destinations and vast quantities of goods moving through the State to and from markets throughout the nation, Canada, Europe, Africa and the Far East; and

WHEREAS, a terrorist incident disrupting New Jersey's industrial and transportation infrastructure or critical utilities would severely affect both national and international economic stability as well as public safety and international travel resulting in the loss of billions of dollars to the world economy; and

WHEREAS, numerous analyses have indicated that Port Newark-Port Elizabeth, the most active port on the eastern seaboard with plans to further increase throughput, is vulnerable to terrorist actions including attacks from weapons of mass destruction concealed in containers; and

WHEREAS, safeguarding freight shipments will require a comprehensive array of integrated technologies ranging from radio frequency identification (RFID) tagging at the item level, through wireless container tracking, to advanced sensory technology for inspection; and

WHEREAS, each day New Jersey's public transportation system including buses, light rail, passenger trains and ferries transports millions of people; and

WHEREAS, these transportation systems are likely targets for terrorist attacks and as such demand creative solutions to the challenge of safeguarding passengers; and

WHEREAS, the scale of response that is required to protect New Jersey and the nation against the threat of domestic terrorism will require all of the efficiencies and effectiveness of modern information, communications, materials technology and systems integration; and

WHEREAS, the challenge of utilizing science and technology to reduce New Jersey's and the nation's vulnerability to terrorist attacks is complex and demands expedited development, adaptation, modification, and merging of new and existing technologies; and

WHEREAS, New Jersey and the nation need an unbiased, expert and effective systematic process for testing and evaluating proposed technology-based solutions and approaches based on performance, not marketing or speculation, in order to select the most appropriate technology, process or approach from among the competing entities with a high degree of confidence as to effectiveness and interoperability; and

WHEREAS, at present there is no way to assure that individual pieces of technology purchased at municipal, county, State and federal levels will be able to be integrated to create a comprehensive web of protection; and

WHEREAS, New Jersey Institute of Technology is the State's Public Technological Research University and ranks among the top 10 nationally in research volume among universities of engineering and science; and

WHEREAS, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) has a proven record of State service, responding in an effective manner to public policy needs; and

WHEREAS, NJIT has demonstrated an ability to partner with all relevant entities, including other higher education institutions, State military bases, and State agencies, including the Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force for which NJIT chairs the Infrastructure Advisory Committee's College and University Research Facilities Sector; and

WHEREAS, NJIT has already executed working agreements with Picatinny Arsenal and Fort Monmouth, installations that I have previously designated as "New Jersey Centers for Homeland Defense Technologies and Security Readiness"; and

WHEREAS, NJIT is teaming with New Jersey City University to support first responder training as well as with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) that is home to the Center for Biodefense, and Rutgers-Newark that hosts the Rutgers Center for the Study of Public Security, researching the areas of terrorism, policing, international crime, globalization, constitutional rights, law, environmental safety, business;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, James E. McGreevey, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT that:

  1. The Homeland Security Technology Systems Center is created at NJIT to work in collaboration with State government, serving as consultant for technology evaluation against objective performance standards and engaging in prototype deployment of integrated systems for testing, demonstration and training.

  2. The Center will direct its activities toward the federally identified areas of Intelligence and Warning, Border and Transportation Security, Protecting Critical Infrastructure and Key Assets, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Defending against Catastrophic Threats and Domestic Counter-terrorism.

  3. Working in collaboration with the State, and in coordination with the Office of the Attorney General and the Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force, the Center will:

    1. Conduct real-world, in-use tests to find the best technology to protect critical State assets.

    2. Evaluate and prototype commercial technology products against performance standards as advisors for State, county, municipal, federal and interstate agencies.

    3. Formulate objective performance and interoperability standards consistent with long-range opportunities for technology development.

    4. Develop comprehensive demonstration and training programs to ensure rapid uptake of systems technology by all relevant users.

    5. Assemble teams to address specific technology development needs that are local to New Jersey and needs that may not receive adequate attention at a national level.

    6. Foster collaboration, coordination and management of multi-organizational grant applications and partnerships involving technology development programs that engage State agencies, New Jersey colleges and universities, military installations and private sector firms.

    7. Enter into Cooperative Research Agreements with interstate agencies, military installations including Fort Monmouth, Picatinny Arsenal, Lakehurst Naval Air Base, Fort Dix, McGuire Air Force Base and other federal installations as appropriate to share facilities, equipment, services, personnel resources and other cooperation in order to maximize the effectiveness and timeliness of the evaluation of the effectiveness and efficiency of technologies and processes for domestic security.

  4. The Center will have an Advisory Board of nine members including the Attorney General, the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection, the Commissioner of the Department of Health and Senior Services, the Commissioner of the Department of Transportation, the Adjutant General, the President of the Board of Public Utilities, the Director of the Office of Counter Terrorism, the Executive Director of the Commission on Science and Technology and the Executive Director of the Commission on Higher Education. The Chair shall be elected by the Board from among the members of the Board.

  5. The Center is authorized to call upon any department, office or agency of State government to provide such information, resources or other assistance deemed necessary to discharge its responsibilities under this Order. Each department, officer, division and agency of this State is required to cooperate with the Center and to furnish it with assistance necessary to accomplish the purposes of this Order.

  6. This Order shall take effect immediately.

GIVEN, under my hand and seal this 7th day
of June in the Year of Our Lord, Two Thousand
and Four, and of the Independence of the United
States, the Two Hundred and Twenty-Eighth.

/s/ James E. McGreevey
Governor

[seal]

Attest:

/s/ Michael R. DeCotiis
Chief Counsel to the Governor

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