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Helena's newly hired Counter Terrorism Planner doesn't figure to be breaking up extremist sleeper cells or snuffing out dirty bombs.

Instead, former U.S. Army counterintelligence expert Brett Lloyd will spend a lot of time at his desk and in meetings, all part of an exhaustive security review of more than 300 potential area targets.

Information will be collected to help emergency workers find everything from fire hydrants to personnel lists. Drills will be scheduled. And there are plenty of details to iron out between the various local and state authorities.

The county has preparedness plans for earthquakes and floods, but not a terrorist attack.

"Here in Montana we have a lot of different vulnerabilities. No one thinks it will happen here," he says. "There's always the possibility. But we're not a typical target."

The planner position was made possible by a $70,000 federal grant, with local government and law enforcement officials spelling out the job description. They selected the state's first such counter-terrorism expert in Lloyd, who grew up in Sheridan and graduated from high school in Forsyth. He spent five years in the Army, analyzing information, processing security clearances and investigating security breaches in places like Kosovo, South Korea and Germany.

Because it's the state capital, Helena has more than its share of potential targets.

But the list extends beyond government buildings, Lloyd said, including sites critical to the economy or places people gather in large numbers. Less obvious places, like Planned Parenthood, have been targeted in the past.

What is needed more than high-tech gadgets or security guards is a change in public attitude, Lloyd said. Israeli citizens help head off most terrorist attacks, because they're aware of what is going on around them, he said. Unfortunately, some attacks succeed.

Many think Montana is just too far out of the way to be a target of a terrorist attack.

But Lloyd ticked off a list of past Montana's home-grown extremists: Ted Kaczynski, the Freemen, and Flathead County's Project 7.

"The reality is we've been touched quite a few times," he said.

But Lloyd points out that he doesnít want to breed anxiety.

Citizens should raise their awareness levels and seek out information or join groups such as the newly formed Citizens Corps, a collection of public and private interests.

"Can we respond? Absolutely. Can we be more prepared, can we do a better job? Absolutely," he said. "The real answer is it's going to be a way of life."

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