Secretary Ridge Joins Bipartisan National Security Preparedness Group

July 17, 2009

Ridge Global CEO Tom Ridge, the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and former governor of Pennsylvania, has joined the National Security Preparedness Group (NSPG), launched this week by the Bipartisan Policy Center, located in Washington, DC.

In addition to Secretary Ridge, the NPSG’s bipartisan group of experts includes former U.S. Secretary of Energy and U.S. Senator E. Spencer Abraham; Peter Bergen; Dr. Stephen Flynn; Dr. John Gannon; Dr. Bruce Hoffman; former Congressman Dave McCurdy; former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese III; Frances Townsend; former U.S. Attorney General Richard L. Thornburgh; former Congressman Jim Turner; and Lawrence Wright.

“Unity of effort is an essential catalyst for progress in national security,” said Ridge. “I look forward to working with my fellow NSPG members to generate bipartisan ideas that can contribute to the protection of our country.”

The Group will focus its efforts on national intelligence, terrorism, and security issues, continuing the work of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (9/11 Commission) and its successor, the 9/11 Public Discourse Project.

The former Commission Chair Thomas Kean and Vice Chair Lee Hamilton will lead the NSPG.
Former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole, and George Mitchell established the Bipartisan Policy Center in 2007.  The BPC’s goal is to develop and promote bipartisan solutions to the nation’s most pressing public policy challenges. Currently, the BPC conducts projects in the areas of national security, health care, transportation, energy and climate change, and science policy.  For more information about the Center, visit

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