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Detica awarded US National Security approvals

*Senior non-executive appointments made to board of US subsidiary*

Detica Group plc (“Detica” or “the Group”), the specialist IT consultancy, today announces that its US subsidiary, Detica Inc, has been granted the US Government approvals necessary for it to contract directly with US National Security agencies.

The Group also announces the appointment of three non-executive directors to the Board of Detica Inc. General John A Gordon (USAF, Ret), Ms Barbara A McNamara and Mr Edward L Allen have between them held very senior advisory and operational roles within the White House, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

(See below for biographies.)

The Group already has a good track record in the US National Security market, serviced to-date by its UK business. In 2004, the Group’s Board concluded that a US-based operation was required in order to fully capture the opportunities in this market which is conservatively estimated to be ten times larger than its UK equivalent.

Detica Inc’s management team, led by Managing Director Dean Bakeris, has to-date been focusing on marketing initiatives into US National Security agencies and on securing the requisite approvals announced today. Detica Inc’s first contract with the US Government was signed on receipt of the approvals.

Commenting on these developments, Dr Tom Black, Chief Executive of Detica Group plc, said today:

“This is an important development for us. With over 50% of Group revenues being generated from the National Security market, this is a segment in which we have a strong reputation and significant expertise.

“We have taken a conservative, low risk approach to our entry into the US National Security market and have been using our resources to-date to build awareness and a business pipeline ahead of these approvals. Our meetings with various US agencies have been very encouraging.

“We are also delighted to be able to announce the appointment of three exceptional individuals to our US Board, who between them have held very senior advisory and operational roles within the White House, Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation. We have serious ambitions in the US National Security market and now have a Board that can help us realise those ambitions in the short, medium and long term.”

General John A Gordon (USAF, ret)
General Gordon, Chairman of the Board, served until 2004 in the White House as President Bush’s Homeland Security Advisor and previously as the Deputy National Security Advisor for Counter Terrorism and the National Director for Counter Terrorism. As an Air Force four-star general, and prior to joining the White House team, he was the Deputy Director of Central Intelligence, with leadership responsibilities across the entire US intelligence community.

Ms Barbara A McNamara
Until 2000, Ms McNamara held the position of NSA Deputy Director and subsequently became the first woman to assume the assignment of Special United States Liaison Office (London, UK). Here, she was responsible to the Director of the NSA for representing the Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) and the NSA in their relationships with United Kingdom authorities. Ms McNamara retired from the NSA in 2003.

Mr Edward L Allen
Until his retirement, Mr Allen was the FBI’s Deputy Assistant Director for Investigative Technologies. He provided policy and procedural guidance on electronic surveillance, physical surveillance and other investigative technology issues and was responsible for maintaining working relationships with domestic and international senior executives with regards to law enforcement technology issues. Experienced in the formulation and execution of legislation and regulations associated with technology policy, Mr Allen represented the FBI and law enforcement on interagency, White House and intelligence community committees, working groups and boards.

These three non-executives join Dean Bakeris, Managing Director of the Group’s US subsidiary and Dr Tom Black, Chief Executive of Detica Group plc, on the Board of Detica Inc.

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About Detica

Detica is an IT consultancy that specialises in the delivery of intelligence systems. The company helps large commercial and government organisations turn complex data and information into relevant and useful intelligence. Detica works in areas such as National Security, Risk & Compliance management, Security & Fraud, Business Intelligence and CRM.

Detica’s major clients include Vodafone, Nationwide Building Society, HM Revenue & Customs, The Home Office and The Ministry of Defence. The company has around 700 staff and had a turnover of £71 million for the financial year ending 31 March 2005.

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