International Security Management Association Calls for Increased Government Action to Protect Security of American Business Travelers Abroad

Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from International Security Management Association

    WASHINGTON, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Security Management
 Association (ISMA) today outlined 12 U.S. government actions needed to enhance
 the security of American businesses and executives abroad.  Americans, in
 particular, are the targets of crimes such as kidnapping, terrorism, robbery,
 car-jacking, and financial scams because of politically motivated anti-
 American sentiment and the misguided perception that all Americans are
 affluent targets.
     In testimony today before the House Government Reform Subcommittee on
 National Security, Veterans Affairs and International Relations, Robert F.
 Littlejohn discussed trends and major threats to business in the areas of
 global travel, organized crime, kidnapping, and terrorism.
     "Increased threats to American business travelers have a chilling effect
 on global commerce.  Business-related security concerns are only magnified
 when coupled with language barriers, local customs, and often uncooperative or
 corrupt law enforcement personnel.  To maintain America's push toward
 globalized business, our government must work more aggressively with the
 private sector and other governments to ensure a safe environment for
 Americans traveling, living, and working abroad," said Littlejohn.
 
     ISMA recommended that the US government take the following actions:
 
     *  Expand training for foreign law enforcement entities to raise the
        overall effectiveness of the global law enforcement community.
 
     *  Work aggressively with other nations to provide targeted financial
        assistance to law enforcement agencies in high-incidence countries that
        are currently unable to provide adequate protection for foreign
        businesses.
 
     *  Seek to establish trans-national agreements that expand
        extraterritorial jurisdiction of law enforcement agencies and provide
        assistance to Americans victimized by crime.
 
     *  Foster a closer working relationship with Interpol and its member
        nations to improve communication and training in the global law
        enforcement community.
 
     *  Require the FBI to send observers to advise US companies when an
        employee has been kidnapped abroad.
 
     *  The Department of State should provide more timely and accurate reports
        of criminal activity irrespective of a foreign country's political
        concerns.
 
     *  Encourage other nations to enact legislation to combat "air rage".
        Currently only Australia, Canada, the UK and the US have laws in place
        that address this threat.
 
     *  Create new programs to assist private sector companies in adopting
        effective crisis training to prevent and/or manage kidnapping and
        terrorist attacks in high-risk countries.
 
     *  Through existing government contacts, facilitate partnerships between
        private companies and local law enforcement agencies to minimize the
        incidence of crime against US citizens abroad.
 
     *  Encourage greater cooperation and communication between the security
        and commercial branches of government.
 
     *  Require federal agencies to immediately disclose all information,
        within the appropriate security classification, that would assist US
        businesses abroad.  OSAC is the appropriate federal agency to
        disseminate the information.
 
     *  Raise OSAC funding for increased personnel and expanded educational
        programs.
 
     Founded in 1983, ISMA represents senior corporate security executives
 worldwide.  It provides a prestigious international leadership forum of select
 security executives whose combined experience can be used to develop,
 organize, assimilate, and share knowledge to enhance professionalism and add
 value to members' companies.  The organization currently has 344 members,
 representing 47 of Fortune 100 companies and 135 of Fortune 500 companies.
     Robert F. Littlejohn is Vice President Global Security of Avon Products,
 Inc. and the Vice President and member of the Board of Directors of ISMA.
 
 

SOURCE International Security Management Association
    WASHINGTON, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Security Management
 Association (ISMA) today outlined 12 U.S. government actions needed to enhance
 the security of American businesses and executives abroad.  Americans, in
 particular, are the targets of crimes such as kidnapping, terrorism, robbery,
 car-jacking, and financial scams because of politically motivated anti-
 American sentiment and the misguided perception that all Americans are
 affluent targets.
     In testimony today before the House Government Reform Subcommittee on
 National Security, Veterans Affairs and International Relations, Robert F.
 Littlejohn discussed trends and major threats to business in the areas of
 global travel, organized crime, kidnapping, and terrorism.
     "Increased threats to American business travelers have a chilling effect
 on global commerce.  Business-related security concerns are only magnified
 when coupled with language barriers, local customs, and often uncooperative or
 corrupt law enforcement personnel.  To maintain America's push toward
 globalized business, our government must work more aggressively with the
 private sector and other governments to ensure a safe environment for
 Americans traveling, living, and working abroad," said Littlejohn.
 
     ISMA recommended that the US government take the following actions:
 
     *  Expand training for foreign law enforcement entities to raise the
        overall effectiveness of the global law enforcement community.
 
     *  Work aggressively with other nations to provide targeted financial
        assistance to law enforcement agencies in high-incidence countries that
        are currently unable to provide adequate protection for foreign
        businesses.
 
     *  Seek to establish trans-national agreements that expand
        extraterritorial jurisdiction of law enforcement agencies and provide
        assistance to Americans victimized by crime.
 
     *  Foster a closer working relationship with Interpol and its member
        nations to improve communication and training in the global law
        enforcement community.
 
     *  Require the FBI to send observers to advise US companies when an
        employee has been kidnapped abroad.
 
     *  The Department of State should provide more timely and accurate reports
        of criminal activity irrespective of a foreign country's political
        concerns.
 
     *  Encourage other nations to enact legislation to combat "air rage".
        Currently only Australia, Canada, the UK and the US have laws in place
        that address this threat.
 
     *  Create new programs to assist private sector companies in adopting
        effective crisis training to prevent and/or manage kidnapping and
        terrorist attacks in high-risk countries.
 
     *  Through existing government contacts, facilitate partnerships between
        private companies and local law enforcement agencies to minimize the
        incidence of crime against US citizens abroad.
 
     *  Encourage greater cooperation and communication between the security
        and commercial branches of government.
 
     *  Require federal agencies to immediately disclose all information,
        within the appropriate security classification, that would assist US
        businesses abroad.  OSAC is the appropriate federal agency to
        disseminate the information.
 
     *  Raise OSAC funding for increased personnel and expanded educational
        programs.
 
     Founded in 1983, ISMA represents senior corporate security executives
 worldwide.  It provides a prestigious international leadership forum of select
 security executives whose combined experience can be used to develop,
 organize, assimilate, and share knowledge to enhance professionalism and add
 value to members' companies.  The organization currently has 344 members,
 representing 47 of Fortune 100 companies and 135 of Fortune 500 companies.
     Robert F. Littlejohn is Vice President Global Security of Avon Products,
 Inc. and the Vice President and member of the Board of Directors of ISMA.
 
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