SOURCE: Homeland Security Group International

May 04, 2006 06:00 ET

Homeland Security Group International Ballistics Division Addresses Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Countermeasures

HMSG Partners With FED-COMM USA, Inc. to Defeat IED Threat

DEL MAR, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 4, 2006 -- Colonel Jeffrey A. Powers, CEO of Homeland Security Group International, Inc. (OTC: HMSG), announced today that HMSG has signed a partnership agreement with FED-COMM USA, Inc. of Escondido, California, to introduce technology designed to defeat triggering devices found in most improvised explosive devices.

Roadside bombs or IEDs have been responsible for the deaths of 781 US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. News agencies are reporting that 40 of the 67 US troops killed in action in April 2006 died from roadside bombings. The President has directed the Pentagon to allocate $3.3 billion this year to research technologies aimed at defeating this threat. As reported in the San Diego County-based newspaper the North County Times, the number of attacks has escalated from 5,600 in 2004 to almost 11,000 in 2005. The North County Times reported that U.S. Representative Duncan Hunter ® of El Cajon, California, and Chairman of the House Armed Service Committee has called for a "campaign to take back the roads."

Defense industry representatives gathered last week at 29 Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in California's Mojave Desert to receive briefings and demonstrations on the threats facing our troops in combat. During the "IED Demonstration Day," Brigadier General Douglas Stone, Commanding General of the Marine Base, told the defense industry representatives that he needed good ideas to defeat these threats. "I am going to fast-track any good ideas you send me and get you the funding. This is a forced march at Mach 1 to try and save lives."

Stemming from recent meetings in Washington, D.C. between Homeland Security Group International and FED-COMM USA, Inc., the two companies have agreed to partner in introducing the ARNISI ECM-1 anti-IED system that utilizes a new/unique approach to "spoofing" the receiver/detonator (Cell Phone/Blackberry) vs. attempting to jam the device or cell site.

"There is nothing out there in the area of IED defeating technology that even comes close to this device," commented Colonel A. Jeffrey Powers USMC (Ret), CEO, Homeland Security Group International. "The ARNISI has been tested at Yuma Proving Grounds with not one failure. We have personal devices as well as mobile devices that can be mounted on vehicles for convoy use. Partnering with FED-COMM USA, Inc. is definitely a no-brainer to defeat this extremely lethal threat."

John F. Morrison, CEO of FED-COMM USA, Inc., commented, "We are very pleased that FED-COMM USA will be partnering with Homeland Security International. We want to put our technology into the hands of our soldiers as soon as possible. There is no doubt that lives will be saved, and that's what is important to us all."

HMSG will be releasing more information on the details of the partnership and this new product in the coming weeks and will be demonstrating the effectiveness of this technology on live television in June.

About FED-COMM USA, Inc.

FED-COMM USA, Inc. specializes in the design and manufacture of rugged Mil-STD-810 computing and communications platforms, specialized power systems, enhanced capability lithium battery components and EMP/Tempest Shield Enclosures.

FED-COMM USA uses the diversity of its engineering disciplines and manufacturing capability to provide rapid system integration solutions for US Military, Intelligence and Homeland Security agencies.

Through strategic partnerships with industry-leading manufacturing specialists and engineering firms providing metal mill operations, advanced power systems, and long duration battery sub-systems, FED-COMM USA is capable of designing unique rugged computing and communications platforms and worldwide power source management system for the most demanding of US Government customers.

Capabilities Include: Product Development and Manufacturing focused on military and civilian communications, security power systems and video surveillance applications.

Pilot and proto-type product Development
Manufacture, implement and support
Product to system Integration
Test and Evaluation
FED-COMM USA's legacy in serving the Federal market has spanned the years, from the introduction of office automation and network technologies, to the development and manufacture of state-of-the-art long mission battery systems and strategic video, unattended sensor platforms and Tempest Certified Shield Enclosures.

FED-COMM USA is where government customers come when they are seeking unique products and services. They know our capability in creatively meeting their requirements. From the development of long mission battery systems for today's rugged tactical environments, or the self-contained, long endurance strategic video surveillance and unattended sensor systems, to enterprise level network and user community security assessments and high performance network protection solutions.

FED-COMM USA continues its long legacy by providing the war fighters and homeland defenders with unique products and professional services, backed by our experienced and very capable delivery team members.

FED-COMM USA is headquartered in Escondido, CA, with an office in Crownsville, MD.

Contact us by toll free phone at 1.800.719.6106

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About Homeland Security Group International

Homeland Security Group International (OTC: HMSG) is a technology-based corporation based in north county San Diego. HMSG's mission is the development and commercialization of technology focused on providing increased security for both civilian and military personnel throughout the world. Under the leadership of Colonel Jeffrey A. Powers, USMC (Retired), HMSG has assembled a portfolio of technology and services through alliances with established defense-related companies and through internal development that is being brought to market in a cost-efficient and timely manner. The Company also has an alliance with Recon Mountaineer, LLC (an Oceanside, Calif.-based designer and manufacturer of military combat gear for the United States Armed Forces). The company has partnered with leading security firms to design and market surveillance systems for homeland defense security applications.

This press release contains forward-looking statements pursuant to the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include risks and uncertainties that may cause the company's plans to change and are in no way intended to guarantee that the company will be successful in executing its plans. HMSG's common stock currently trades on the over-the-counter "Pink Sheets" under the symbol "HMSG." This press release in no way constitutes any recommendation regarding the securities of HMSG or its affiliates. Any person reading this press release is advised that this release should be considered in light of all facts and circumstances regarding the business and financial condition and prospects of HMSG, and no inference is made that this release contains all such information.

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