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Robert Bonner

Robert Bonner is the former Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and federal judge and prosecutor. He was appointed Commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service in September 2001, and served as the first Commissioner of the newly created CBP from March 2003 until December 2005. Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, he led efforts to modernize supply chain security, pioneered the use of automated risk assessment as a counter-terrorism tool, and established the National Targeting Center (NTC), the Container Security Initiative (CSI), and Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT); initiatives which revolutionized trade security and the efficient movement of goods around the world. Prior to his time as Commissioner of CBP, Mr. Bonner served as Administrator of the DEA from 1990 to 1993, a U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California from 1989 to 1990, and the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California from 1984 to 1989. He has also practiced law as a partner at the international law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and served on active duty in the U.S. Navy from 1967-1971 as a Judge Advocate General. Mr. Bonner received his JD from Georgetown University Law School, and is a member of the California and DC bars.
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