Security veteran Michael J. Hershman to head new homeland security advisory firm

18 July, 2003


Michael J. Hershman, an internationally recognized expert in the security field, announced today the launch of Civitas Group LLC, a new consulting firm that will offer a full range of advisory services to private sector and government clients in the homeland security field. Civitas is a joint venture between Stonebridge International LLC and BKSH & Associates, a WPP operating company.

Hershman has over 30 years of experience in the security, law enforcement and defense areas, including over two decades advising companies on complex and challenging security matters worldwide. While in government Hershman served in senior posts including as a counter-terrorism specialist in military intelligence and as a senior investigator for the Senate Watergate Committee. "There is an enormous amount of innovation and expertise in the private sector that has direct application to homeland security requirements. Matching it to government needs and priorities will be the core Civitas mission," said Hershman.

Samuel R. Berger, Chairman of Stonebridge International and Charlie Black, Chairman of BKSH & Associates, both prominent and highly respected public policy veterans, will serve as Co-Chairmen of Civitas. Berger commented, "Mike Hershman has been at the forefront of the security industry for years. He understands the best the private sector has to offer – and what governments and companies need in order to make themselves and the country safer."

Civitas will offer a spectrum of services including strategic business guidance, facilitation of business partnerships, issue monitoring, executive recruitment, advocacy as well as government and corporate marketing and procurement assistance. Hershman said, "We’ll be identifying solutions -- not just technologies -- that could play a pivotal role in our homeland defense."

Commenting on the value of Civitas for state and local governments, Charlie Black said, "The shifting roles of the federal government and the restructuring of congressional oversight also will have a major impact on how state and local governments plan for the future. Civitas will be well-positioned to help them understand how new rules and policies will affect them." Berger and Black will continue to head their respective companies.

The Civitas Board of Advisors brings together a distinguished group of business leaders and former government officials who have served five administrations, both Republican and Democratic. Collectively, they possess broad experience and understanding of counter-terrorism, homeland security, investment and technology issues. The Advisory Board will be chaired by former Senator Warren B. Rudman (R-NH), who led the U.S. Commission on National Security for the 21st Century and served as Chairman of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. Others comprising the Advisory Board include: Richard A. Clarke, former advisor on counter-terrorism to the last three presidents; Joe M. Allbaugh, former FEMA Director under President Bush; Kenneth Minihan, former Director of the National Security Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency and a Principal in the Paladin Capital Homeland Security Fund; Jim B. Francis, Chairman of the Texas Public Safety Commission; Kurt Campbell, Director of the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; and Robert Swindell, former Managing Director and head of U.S. Technology at Lehman Brothers.

Civitas also has established a strategic partnership with Good Harbor Consulting LLC, a homeland security consulting firm headed by Clarke.

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