Defense Stocks and Homeland Security Stocks to Benefit from Increases in Defense and Homeland Security Spending.



[ClickPress, Thu Feb 17 2005] POINT ROBERTS, Wash.; February 17th, 2005 - www.HomelandDefenseStocks.com (HDS), an investor news portal for the homeland defense and security sector, is pleased to announce its second online Homeland Security Investor Conference to be held April 6, 2005 live and archived thereafter. The conference format will be an audio presentation and an accompanying PowerPoint presentation featuring industry analysts and experts and presenting public companies. As the War on terrorism is currently a top White House priority, defense and homeland security stocks are sure to benefit. The HDS forum creates a venue for investors to determine for themselves who the winners will be moving forward.

Homeland Security industry speakers include Mr. Jack Mallon of Mallon and Associates, (a division of C.E. Unterberg, Towbin, Publisher of leading industry financial newsletter, Mallon’s Security Report); Scott Sacknoff, President of SPADE Defense Index; and Brian Ruttenbur Equity Research Analyst with Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. A growing list of participating public companies currently includes: Aethlon Medical, Inc. (OTCBB: AEMD), FaceKey™ Corporation (OTC.PK: FEKY), Global Matrechs, Inc (OTCBB: GMTH), Hawk Protection Systems, Inc. (OTC.PK: HWPR), Law Enforcement Associates (OTCBB: LENF), Markland Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: MRKL) and Technest Holdings Inc (OTCBB: THNS).

While most other departments experienced cut backs, the newly announced 2006 proposed budget allows for increased spending in the Defense and Homeland Security. For Fiscal year 2005 the discretionary funding allocated to the Department of Homeland Security is expected to be about $29 billion. Investors can hope to better understand the Homeland Security industry from the online forum/conference, featuring speakers from a cross section of small and large public companies that are positioned in the Homeland Defense and Security sector.

Forum/Conference link: http://www.investorideas.com/forums/Portals/homelanddefense2.aspx

The conference will also be advertised on the Homeland Security Web Portal TwoTigersOnline and the National Homeland Security Knowledgebase http://www.twotigersonline.com/resources.html, recently acquired by HDS, which currently averages over 900,000 unique visitors per month.

The HDS website does not make recommendations, but offers a unique free information portal to research news, exclusive articles, interviews, investor conferences and a growing list of participating public companies in the sector.

Presenting Industry Experts and Public Companies.
Participating Public Companies:

Aethlon Medical, Inc. (OTCBB: AEMD) (Corporate Profile, News and Info) is pioneering the development of viral filtration devices that rapidly reduce the presence of infectious disease and toxins in the body. Aethlon has published compelling human blood studies of the Hemopurifier(TM) to treat HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis-C (HCV), and most recently, has announced that it is developing pathogen filtration devices to treat infectious agents used in biological warfare and terrorism. www.AethlonMedical.com

FaceKey™ Corporation (OTC.PK: FEKY) (Corporate Profile, News and Info) is the developer of a new generation of access control and time and attendance products. These products utilize the newest biometric technologies and the best of the traditional card based technologies. All the products are designed to be compatible with the existing computer networks common in business today. www.facekey.com

Global Matrechs, Inc. (OTCBB: GMTH) (Corporate Profile, News and Info) is a licensed technologies business with emerging technologies for nuclear energy storage and containment, Homeland Security, environmental and chemical industries. EKOR™, the primary technology, is a silicon-based geocomposite radiation resistant coating/foam used to contain radioactive materials. www.globalmatrechs.com

Hawk Protection Systems, Inc. (OTC.PK: HWPR) (Corporate Profile, News and Info) is in the business of researching, developing, and engineering a wide range of security products and systems that are intended for use by government, military, and law enforcement agencies worldwide, as well as commercial security professionals. Business activities include: Explosives Detection, Contraband Detection, Chemical Detection, Mobile Surveillance Systems, Defense Engineering, Defense Consulting, Laser Technologies, Model Simulation, and Sales Representation. www.hawkps.com

Law Enforcement Associates (OTCBB: LENF) (Corporate Profile, News and Info) manufactures and markets a diverse line of undercover surveillance products including a complete line of audio surveillance equipment and a new less lethal technology for the Military, law enforcement, security and corrections personnel throughout the world. http://leacorp.com/

Markland Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: MRKL) (Corporate Profile, News and Info) has four business segments, which address the needs of the Homeland Security marketplace: Chemical Detectors, Border Security, Advanced Technologies and Sensing Technologies for the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy, the Department of Homeland Security, and various other U.S. Intelligence agencies. www.marklandtech.com

Technest Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: THNS) (Corporate Profile, News and Info) - Majority owned by Markland Technolgies (OTCBB: MRKL)
Markland Technologies, Inc. announced February 14, 2005 it has completed a multi part transaction which includes the purchase of majority ownership of Technest Holdings, Inc., and the subsequent purchase by Technest Holdings, Inc. of all of the stock of Maryland based Genex Technologies, Inc. (Genex). Genex revenues derive principally from 20 ongoing contracts to supply imaging and surveillance sensor technology to a wide array of government customers. Genex had revenues for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2004 of approximately $5.5M. contracts to supply imaging and surveillance sensor technology to a wide array of government customers. Genex had revenues for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2004 of approximately $5.5M. http://www.genextech.com/

Industry Speakers: (more details: http://www.investorideas.com/forums/Portals/homelanddefense2.aspx)

Industry Speakers:
Mr. Jack Mallon, Mallon and Associates, Division of C.E. Unterberg, Towbin - Publisher of leading industry financial newsletter, Mallon’s Security Report http://www.mallonassociates.com

Brian Ruttenbur, Equity Research Analyst, Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc (http://www.morgankeegan.com): Homeland Security Technology

Scott Sacknoff, President SPADE Defense Index
The Spade Defense Index® (AMEX: DXS) is a modified capitalization-weighted index comprised of publicly traded companies that benchmarks the performance of companies involved with the defense, homeland security, and space marketplace.

The SPADE Defense Index has been developed to be used by investors, financial professionals, trade analysts, and media as a benchmark for publicly traded stocks involved in these business sectors. The Index can be used as the basis for a range of financial instruments including options and other derivatives, exchange traded funds, and conventional mutual funds.

HomelandDefenseStocks.com includes a growing list of public companies in the sector. Click here for a partial list of companies involved in homeland defense and security technology and solutions in Airport Security, Biodefense, Biometrics, Defense, Internet Security, Integrated Security, Military, Border and Port Security.
http://www.HomelandDefenseStocks.com/Companies/HomelandDefense/Stock_List.asp

Read the exclusive InvestorIdeas.com Feature “The Insiders Corner”, a weekly feature by well-known financial writer and author Michael Brush. http://investorideas.com/insiderscorner/

Hear Dawn Van Zant every Friday speaking on ‘The Business of Homeland Security’ - only on HomelandDefenseRadio.com

HDS in the news: Business Week and other media coverage
http://www.homelanddefensestocks.com/Companies/HomelandDefense/MediaArticles.asp

Additional Recently Launched HDS Homeland Security Web Sites:

www.BiodefenseStocks.com
www.RFIDInvesting.com

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