Press Release


Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies Subcommittee to Hold CLOSED Hearing on Protecting the Homeland from IEDs

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Washington, D.C. – The Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies, chaired by Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA), will hold a closed hearing entitled “Securing Ammonium Nitrate: Using Lessons Learned in Afghanistan to Protect the Homeland from IEDs” tomorrow at 10 a.m. in Room 311 Cannon House Office Building.

Tomorrow’s hearing will examine the intelligence gathering, information sharing and inter-agency coordination between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Defense (DoD) on combating improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the battlefield and their possible use in the Homeland.  Members will hear from witnesses on ways to prevent attacks using IEDs, such as tracking the use of ammonium nitrate.

Due to the classified information to be discussed at this hearing, the Subcommittee intends to move directly to close the hearing and transition to a secure hearing room to receive classified testimony.

Lungren said: “The IED is still one of the greatest threats to our troops in Afghanistan, and it remains a global threat. Just days ago, a blast went off in Mexico right before the Presidential elections. Earlier this year a potential attack on the U.S. Capitol was thwarted. Tomorrow’s hearing will focus on the lessons learned from our wartime experiences to combat this global threat and to protect the Homeland.”

WHAT:              Subcommittee Hearing: Securing Ammonium Nitrate: Using Lessons Learned in Afghanistan to Protect the Homeland from IEDs

WHEN:              10 a.m., Thursday July 12, 2012

WHERE:             311 Cannon House Office Building

(Subcommittee intends to move directly to a CLOSED hearing)

Opening statements will be available HERE.

Witness List:

Mr. John P. Woods
Assistant Director
Homeland Security Investigations
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

LTG Michael D. Barbero
Joint IED Defeat Organization
U.S. Department of Defense

Mr. Charles Michael Johnson, Jr.
International Counterterrorism & Security Assistance Issues
Government Accountability Office