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James S. Gilmore III

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James S. Gilmore III is a former Governor of Virginia (1998-2002) and a partner at the law firm of Kelley Drye and Warren. He is practicing corporate and technology law and provides advice to clients on homeland security issues in the areas of public relations, information technology and international relations. Since 1999, former Governor Gilmore has been Chairman of the Congressional Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction, also known as the "Gilmore Commission." This national panel was established by Congress to assess federal, state, and local governments' capability to respond to the consequences of a terrorist attack. The panel submitted its findings to the President and Congress each of the past four years and is extended until December 15, 2003. The commission also was influential in developing the Office of Homeland Security. He was elected Virginia Attorney General in 1993 and Governor in 1997. He earned a Bachelor degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia and, after a three-year tour as a U.S. Army counterintelligence agent in West Germany, he entered the University of Virginia Law School, graduating in 1977. To learn more about the Gilmore Commission, visit www.rand.org/nsrd/terrpanel.

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Seminar speeches given by James S. Gilmore III:
Homeland Terrorism: A Primer for First-Responder Journalists
June 25, 2003
Opening reception and dinner
Keynote: What are the critical questions that should be asked about Homeland Security in your community?
Watch the keynote speech (59 minutes)


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