Interview with Secretary Tom Ridge on Cross-Border Collaboration

October 13, 2009

In a recent interview with Vanguard Magazine, the president and CEO of Ridge Global, Tom Ridge, spoke to associate editor Chris Thatcher about cyber security, critical infrastructure protection and other collaborative issues between the United States and Canada.

Ridge, the first U.S. secretary of Homeland Security and former governor of Pennsylvania, discussed the progress made eight years after the tragedy of 9/11, but also the work still to be done.

Said Ridge: “There are still some gaps that we are particularly concerned about - the lack of interoperable communications, particularly the development of a public safety broadband communication network. This was raised as one of the highest priorities. We’ve made some substantial progress, but it is still a concern.”

Speaking of the U.S. relationship with Canada and Mexico, Ridge said, “We can never, ever, in my judgment, view both borders as the same. Historically, culturally, linguistically, experientially, they have never been the same; they never will be the same. You have to take a slightly different approach to both borders as you try to build the kind of collaborative agreements you need for mutual security.”

To read the interview in its entirety, please click here.

Secretary Ridge is a member of the National Security Preparedness Group, a bipartisan team assessing progress of the 9/11 Commission’s security recommendations.

Contact: Michele Nix +1-202-833-2008