A Narberth Native Becomes a Defensive Linchpin Against Terrorism
Written by Jim Waltzer; Published in the March print edition of Main Line Today and appeared online on February 19, 2009; Photo by Shane McCauley
In Narberth, where the train stops, the shops beckon and the ball fields stretch to the horizon, townsfolk treasure the charm and safety of their environs. That hasn't changed since Courtney Banks was growing up here in the 1970s and '80s.
Unfortunately, the world beyond has.
A leading voice in homeland security and an entrepreneur with a penchant for people, the 34-year-old Banks seeks to shield the Narberths and the rest of our land from the threat of global terrorism. She's been trained to do so and knows firsthand what failure looks like—her office at the Pentagon was destroyed on 9/11. Now that she's in business for herself, she's no less worried about a large-scale attack.
"We're most vulnerable during formal election cycles and transition periods," says Banks, whose NSAWW helps companies develop their business in the national security space. "Aviation is still highly at risk. When we have success in containing [terrorism], no one ever knows."