Homeland defense-related nonprofits set to merge

Two local defense-related nonprofits are planning to merge at the end of the month.

The Colorado Homeland Defense Alliance will merge with the National Homeland Defense Foundation.

The alliance has been the focal point for efforts between government, industry and Colorado University to promote homeland security. It started in 2007.

“We found that while supporting the efforts of first responders, state homeland security coordinators, Department of Homeland Security, our Colorado focus became limiting to our community of interest,” said Alliance Chairman Duncan Stewart.

The groups hope, that by combining their efforts, they can accomplish more.

“Colorado is like a Silicon Valley for all things related to homeland security and homeland defense,” said Foundation Chairman Maj. Gen. Mark Volcheff. “Countless companies and government agencies have benefited from alliance service to help meet their business and mission goals.”

NHDF will continue offering activities that the alliance created.  The Luncheon Lecture Series, support to the Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center and their customers, and collaborative efforts with US Northern Command and other national security organizations will all continue, as well the National Security Innovation Competition.

The National Security Innovation Competition is an international event that highlights university student research whose efforts focus on creating national security solutions. It invites university students from across Canada and the U.S. to enter their research projects to be reviewed and the top ten finalists selected to make oral presentations in front of a national panel of judges. This year‟s competition will be held at the Air Force Academy April 29.