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Regional Logistics Centers May Stretch Homeland Security Budgets

The idea of regional logistics centers to store equipment that would be used to respond to acts of terrorism is gaining momentum in the Houston area. The proposal is being touted by Sugar Land Mayor David Wallace at a conference of mayors in Chicago. Wallace is the co-chair of the US Conference of Mayors Homeland […]

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The idea of regional logistics centers to store equipment that would be used to respond to acts of terrorism is gaining momentum in the Houston area. The proposal is being touted by Sugar Land Mayor David Wallace at a conference of mayors in Chicago.

Wallace is the co-chair of the US Conference of Mayors Homeland Security Task Force and is promoting the idea of establishing two or three regional logistics centers that would be used to consolidate supplies. He says the strategy which would cut down on unneccesary duplication between cities.

Wallace says logistics centers would more economically feasible for smaller cities that spend thousands of dollars on equipment that could be shared with other cities. He says those smaller communities still need to spend money on homeland security, but should use that money more efficiently.

He says as homeland security dollars become tougher to come by, smaller and mid-size cities must continue to find ways to make their security budgets go farther.

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