Mutualink News
03/12/2009

Retired Four Star General Barry McCaffrey Joins Mutualink

Retired Four Star General Barry McCaffrey Joins MutualinkWashington, D.C. Today, Mutualink announced that former Drug Czar and retired four-star U.S. Army General Barry McCaffrey has joined Mutualink, Inc. as a key business advisor. General McCaffrey, and his consulting firm BR McCaffrey Associates, will be providing government relations, business strategy and business development advice to Mutualink’s Board of Directors and executive management team in order to assist the company in promoting the nationwide adoption of its novel and affordable interoperable multimedia communications sharing solution for nationwide emergency preparedness and response. Along with an outstanding record of military and public service achievements, McCaffrey brings to Mutualink in-depth knowledge and expertise in homeland security, defense and emergency management matters.

Mutualink’s interoperable emergency communications solution enables participants to seamlessly share communication resources with each other on an emergency incident basis providing enhanced situational awareness and a more effective emergency response environment as contemplated by the National Incident Management System (NIMS), National Response Framework (NRF) and the National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP). The system is designed with a novel distributed peer architecture which employs an intelligent “plug and play” design that allows existing two-way radio, telephone, voice, video and data to be instantly linked together in a secure, real-time environment. Most significantly, the system’s affordability enables the kind of broad participation among public safety entities as well as critical infrastructure and key resources within communities envisioned by the National Emergency Policy.

General (Ret.) Barry McCaffrey expressed enthusiasm about joining the Mutualink team. “I have seen many technologies in my career and Mutualink falls into the category of exceptional. Mutualink has the very real capability of solving the nation’s interoperability needs without delay or the staggering costs that many believe to be necessary in achieving a level of pervasive interoperability. Mutualink literally breaks through the traditional high cost, high complexity problem with a solution that offers extreme value and best of breed capability all at remarkably low cost. Saving on the order of 3 to 5 times the typical cost of other interoperability products puts this solution within the realm of achieving interoperability today -not tomorrow, and for all,” stated McCaffrey.

On Mutualink’s potential, McCaffrey stated that “rarely does one have the opportunity to work with a company that has a technology, vision and approach that is fundamentally transformative and can move the country forward in an impactful way. For this reason, I am very excited to be a part of this effort and look forward to Mutualink becoming an important component in radically improving our nation’s emergency preparedness and response capabilities through this low cost dynamic collaborative communications and information sharing environment.”

According to Mark Hatten, CEO of Mutualink, General McCaffrey’s participation represents a significant step towards helping Mutualink accomplish our nation’s policy of collaborative and scalable multi-hazard and multi-discipline emergency response capabilities as envisioned under the NRF, NIMS, NECP, NIPP and other key components of our overall national emergency preparedness and response structure. “We are most gratified to have the active support and participation of General McCaffrey. Not only is he a highly distinguished and trusted leader with an impeccable record of accomplishment, he brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and insight that is invaluable to our organization. His record of service and commitment to our country speaks for itself and we are very fortunate to have this opportunity to work with him,” said Hatten.

Barry McCaffrey served in the United States Army for 32 years and retired as a four-star General. At retirement he was the most highly decorated serving General in the United States armed forces, having been awarded three Purple Heart medals for wounds received in his four combat tours, as well as having been twice awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second highest award for valor. He also twice was awarded the Silver Star for valor. For five years after leaving the military, Barry McCaffrey served as the nation's Cabinet Officer in charge of U.S. Drug Policy. McCaffrey is the recipient of numerous honors and awards for his public service. After leaving government service, he served for five years as the Bradley Distinguished Professor of International Security Studies at West Point until 2005. He continues as an Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at West Point, among his other activities.

About Mutualink, Inc.

Wallingford, CT based Mutualink redefines interoperability by creating networks of interoperable communities that are instantly capable of sharing radio, voice, text, video, data files and telephone communications in a secure environment. The combination of affordability, invitation based control and the simplicity of use changes the way entire communities across the country communicate. Public safety communication and preparedness is evolving into an environment where all critical organizations within communities, as well as among and between communities, are now interacting with one another in seamless ways that are separate and apart from how the general public communicates with the critical organizations during day to day operations and in times of crisis. Additionally, Mutualink’s pragmatic and affordable approach makes interoperable communications accessible to all high-value community assets such as schools and hospitals and places of massed gathering, creating completely interoperable communities.

Mutualink was selected as one of 2007’s Hot Products by Public Safety Communications Magazine.

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