The Homeland Security Consulting Group
David McWhorter has over 20 years of experience in technology analysis and evaluation with the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the private sector. The majority of his career has focused on identifying possible qualified anti-terrorism technologies (QATTs), evaluating them and developing and delivering documentation for all aspects of his many clients’ SAFETY Act applications.
In 2000, McWhorter joined the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), where, after the creation of DHS, he served as the deputy project leader and lead technical evaluator for IDA on DHS’ SAFETY Act program. In this DHS contractor position, he led a large team in technical evaluations of anti-terrorism products and services across a broad spectrum of countermeasures for chemical, biological, explosive, nuclear, cyber and human threats, including services. He was instrumental in orchestrating the creation of DHS’ evaluation process, the drafting of the application kits, the coordination of several government procurements and the identification of subject matter experts. In this role he evaluated hundreds of technologies for QATT certification and SAFETY Act designation.
McWhorter joined the private sector in 2007 and subsequently founded The Homeland Security Consulting Group in 2014. He has since led the effort for his clients’ SAFETY Act applications and contributed to their business development efforts. Representative clientele includes Fortune 500 companies, startup tech companies and everything in between.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act (SAFETY Act) was created as part of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, providing liability protection to companies that demonstrate their products and services are effective in countering terror threats. Then, the country was on edge, anticipating attacks from foreign adversaries using biological, chemical, explosive and radiological threats. Today, the homeland’s most significant threat – domestic terrorism – comes from within.
So far, no instances of domestic terrorism have been determined to be acts of terrorism by DHS under the SAFETY Act’s definition. Had any designated products or services been involved in lawsuits following these attacks, the protections of the SAFETY Act would not have applied.
Today’s DHS is different. Is Secretary Mayorkas of the Biden administration more likely to declare such events acts of terrorism under the SAFETY Act? This law could now be more important than ever for those offering security products and services.
The presentation will provide an overview of the SAFETY Act and its benefits to sellers and buyers of relevant products and services, as well as an explanation of what is needed for a successful application to DHS.