David Aguilar David Aguilar previously served as Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). As Acting Commissioner, he oversaw our nation’s largest federal law enforcement agency, a workforce of over 60,000 agents, officers, and other personnel and a budget of more than 12 Billion dollars. Prior to leading CBP, Mr. Aguilar was appointed by President George W. Bush as the National Chief of the United States Border Patrol. Mr. Aguilar served as Chief of the Tucson Sector and in various leadership positions within the U.S. Border Patrol during his 35-year Federal law enforcement career.
Laura Bacon Laura Bacon has been managing editor of the GTSC Weekly Insider since June 2017. She is an experienced copywriter and journalist who has been working in the media industry for over fifteen years and has written for a vast range of clients including Redbox, Coinstar and University College London.
Paul Benda Paul Benda is the Senior Vice President, Risk and Cybersecurity Policy at the American Bankers Association. Mr. Benda utilizes his background as the former Director of the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) where he was the head of Research and Development (R&D) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and as a Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to support clients in expanding their work with the Federal Government’s R&D enterprise and to help them position technologies for transition in the Government’s Homeland Security to commercial markets. He has helped clients develop strategic approaches for commercial and government opportunities as well as tactical assistance with proposals that has enabled clients to increase their capture efficiency and revenue generation. Mr. Benda also leads the SAFETY Act practice at GSIS. He has successfully helped clients gain approval of SAFETY Act applications by leveraging his security and R&D experience as the former DHS decision authority on SAFETY Act applications. During his tenure at DHS, he approved nearly half of all current SAFETY Act awards, including those for the New York Yankees, Willis Tower and New York Stock Exchange. His experience also includes serving as the Acting Deputy Under Secretary and Chief of Staff of S&T, as well positions in the Department of Defense where he worked at the Pentagon Force Protection Agency and oversaw the design, implementation, testing, and commissioning of all security systems at the Pentagon Reservation. Mr. Benda started his career as an Active Duty U.S. Air Force officer at the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, NY and transitioned from military life to the private sector as a consultant for Booz Allen for five years before returning to government service.
Chris Bown Chris Bown is a regular contributor to Homeland Security Today covering the latest think tank, journal, and news related to terrorism and security. He originally trained as a journalist on real estate and architecture news publications, and for many years edited the publications of international real estate event MIPIM. He is a regular contributor to London financial daily newspaper City AM, and curates daily updates at investment newsletter Hotel Analyst.
Joe Charlaff Joe Charlaff is a freelance journalist based in Jerusalem who has been published in international periodicals and websites in the United States and the UK, including Homeland Security Today, Jane’s Homeland Security Review, Jane’s Airport Review, Jane’s International Defence Review, CNBC Business Magazine, The Economist, Knowledge@Wharton, and Accounting & Business magazine.
Dr. Paul Christo Dr. Paul Christo is one of the world's leading pain specialists and author of Aches and Gains, A Comprehensive Guide to Overcoming Your Pain. He’s an Associate Professor in the Division of Pain Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He served as Director of the Multidisciplinary Pain Fellowship Program for 8 years, and the Blaustein Pain Treatment Center for 5 years at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He hosts an award-winning, nationally syndicated SIRIUS XM radio talk show on overcoming pain called, Aches and Gains®.
Paul Cobaugh Mr. Paul Cobaugh retired from the US Army as a Warrant Officer after a distinguished career in the US Special Operations CT community, primarily focused on mitigating adversarial influence and advancing US objectives by way of influence. Throughout his career he has focused on the centrality of influence in modern conflict whether it be from extremist organisations or state actors employing influence against the US and our Allies. Post military career he was offered and accepted the position of Vice President at Narrative Strategies, a US based Think-Do Tank which specializes in the non-kinetic aspects of conflict. He has also co-authored, Soft Power on Hard Problems, Hamilton Publishing, 2017 and Introduction to Narrative Warfare: A Primer and Study Guide, Amazon, 2018
Matthew Crosston Dr. Matthew Crosston is Senior Faculty for the Doctoral Programs in Global Security and Strategic Intelligence at the American Military University. He has published top-tier research that has impacted real world decision-making in the U.S. and beyond. His established work in cyber has made required reading lists at US CYBERCOM and Israel’s Mossad; the piece ‘Soft Spying’ is required reading at the US Army War College; and ‘Nemesis’ is highlighted on the journal of record for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has published over 100 analytical editorials and commissioned opinion pieces that represent the full spectrum of global security and they have been translated into Russian, Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, Hebrew, Spanish, Turkish, Farsi, Greek, and Uzbek. He also serves as Vice Chairman at ModernDiplomacy.eu, where his passion for mentoring has resulted in more than 60 young Global South scholars and practitioners becoming published authors. He is currently Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, Israel; Senior Advisor for the Research Institute for European and American Studies in Athens, Greece; Senior Fellow at the China Eurasia Council for Political and Strategic Research in Nanjing, China; and was the first American invited to conduct a political analysis blog for the Russian International Affairs Council in Moscow, Russia. He has a BA from Colgate University; MA from the University of London; PhD from Brown University; and completing a Post-Doc at the University of Toronto.
Oren J. Falkowitz Mr. Falkowitz co-founded Area 1 Security to discover and eliminate targeted phishing attacks before they cause damage to organizations. Previously, Mr. Falkowitz held senior positions at the National Security Agency (NSA) and United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) where he focused on Computer Network Operations & Big Data. There is where he realized the immense need for preemptive cybersecurity.
Daniel Gerstein Dr. Daniel Gerstein joined RAND in December 2014. Previously, he served in Department of Homeland Security as Under Secretary (Acting) and Deputy Under Secretary in the Science & Technology Directorate. He is also an Adjunct Professor at American University. Dr. Gerstein has extensive experience in security and defense, having served as a senior government civilian, in uniform, and in industry. In the U.S. Army, Dr. Gerstein served on four continents participating in combat, peacekeeping, humanitarian assistance, counterterrorism and homeland security. In industry, he was Vice President at L-3 Communications. Prior to joining DHS, he served as a political appointee in Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy) as Principal Director for Countering WMD. He has extensive experience in international negotiations including serving on the Holbrooke Delegation that negotiated the peace settlement in Bosnia. Dr. Gerstein has been awarded numerous military, civilian and foreign awards, including Department of State’s Distinguished Service Award and U.S. Army Soldiers Medal for heroism. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on several corporate boards and advisory positions. Dr. Gerstein has published numerous books and articles on national security, cyber security and biological warfare.
Lori Gordon Lori Gordon specializes in homeland security, cybersecurity, and infrastructure protection at HWC. She also serves as director of the Women in Homeland Security’s (WHS) STEM program and as an adviser to several NIST and ISO working groups and to curriculum advisory boards for IT & cybersecurity and law, government & public safety. Ms. Gordon holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Brian Harrell Brian Harrell, CPP, is the Managing Director, Enterprise Protective Services at Duke Energy. He is the former Operations Director of the Electricity ISAC and Director of Critical Infrastructure Protection Programs at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) where he was charged with helping protect North America's electric grid from physical and cyber-attack. Brian has spent time during his career in the US Marine Corps, US Department of Homeland Security, and various private sector agencies with the goal of protecting the United States from security threats. Harrell is also a Senior Fellow at The George Washington University Center for Cyber & Homeland Security (CCHS) where he provides insight and analysis on homeland security, counterterrorism, and cybersecurity issues.
Ken Kartsen Ken Kartsen is Vice President of Public Sector Sales for McAfee. In this position he oversees business development for the public sector. Kartsen has been responsible for public sector sales and service providers at leading technology companies for over 17 years, primarily in the security industry.
Bill Lawrence Bill Lawrence currently serves as the director of the E-ISAC. Bill began at NERC in July 2012 as the Manager of Critical Infrastructure Protection Awareness. Prior to joining NERC, he was the Deputy Director, Character Development & Training Division, at the United States Naval Academy, where he also taught courses in Ethics and Cyber Security. Bill flew F-14 Tomcats and F/A-18F Super Hornets for the Navy, and has a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from the US Naval Academy. He has a Masters degree in International Relations from Auburn Montgomery, and a Master of Military Operational Art and Science from the Air Command and Staff College. Bill also holds a Project Management Professional certification.
Kevin Learned Kevin Learned is a Partner with the law firm of McMahon, Welch and Learned, PLLC. Kevin has nearly twenty years of experience as a corporate and M&A attorney and has extensive experience working with emerging growth companies, particularly information technology and other professional service providers in both the commercial and federal spaces. Kevin’s practice focuses on advising clients on general corporate and securities matters, including company formation and governance, buy-sell agreements, operating and stockholder agreements, mergers and acquisitions, private offerings of debt and equity securities (including friends and family, angel, venture capital and private equity investments), corporate divorces and other reorganizations, joint ventures, small business certifications (including 8(a), SDVO, WOSB, HUB Zone and MBE/DBE certifications), executive employment and equity matters, deferred compensation plans, franchise agreements, trademarks, and other commercial contracts and agreements.
Robert Lewin Robert Lewin recently retired as the Director of the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management. He joined OEM in January 2016 after retiring as the Fire Chief for CAL FIRE/San Luis Obispo County Fire. Lewin is a Type 1 Incident Commander and had served many years on Incident Management Teams. He has held command positions both in the field and in EOCs on some of California’s most complex incidents including fires, floods, earthquakes, human and animal diseases, and on special assignments. Robert is a Cal Poly graduate in Political Science, an Allan Hancock College graduate in Fire Science and has completed the Home Land Security Executive Leadership Program at the Naval Post Graduate School. He is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM). Robert has published several articles and presented at many conferences on Emergency Management. During the recent Thomas Fire and resulting 1/9 Debris Flow he coordinated the actions of the EOC. He is now a Principal at Resolute Associates LLC, consulting on emergency management.
Howard S. Marshall Mr. Marshall was appointed Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI’s Cyber Intelligence, Outreach, and Support Branch in August 2016. In this position, Mr. Marshall supports the Cyber Division’s mission to identify, pursue, and defeat cyber adversaries targeting global U.S. interests by overseeing efforts to enhance strategic partnerships and intelligence coordination.
Amy McDougal Amy McDougal is the Founder and President of CLEAResources, LLC. Most recently, Amy served as General Counsel and Vice President of Compliance and Ethics Services at Watermark, LLC. Previously, Amy was a Special Assistant United States Attorney and an Air Force Judge Advocate, attaining the rank of Major, before beginning her civilian career as in-house employment law and compliance counsel to a large and diverse government contractor. Amy has a passion for helping organizations do right by their shareholders, employees, clients, customers and communities, and by doing so, mitigates the business risks associated with ethical and compliance failures. Amy has federal criminal and civil litigation experience, as well as extensive experience advising executive management on personnel and compliance and ethics matters. She then earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Vanderbilt University School of Law. She holds a law license in Virginia, the District of Columbia and the state of Tennessee. Ms. McDougal is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. She is also certified by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics as a Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP).
Dr. Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco Dr. Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco holds a Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society from George Mason University, with an expertise in human trafficking. She currently serves as a human trafficking expert witness for criminal cases and is the author of “Hidden in Plain Sight: America's Slaves of the New Millennium." Dr. Mehlman-Orozco’s writing can be found in The Washington Post, Forbes, The Crime Report, The Houston Chronicle, and The Baltimore Sun, among other media.
Linda Millis Linda is a veteran of the intelligence community having served at the National Security Agency, the President's Intelligence Advisory Board at the White House, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Her areas of expertise include weapons of mass destruction, intelligence analysis, arms control, program management and building partnerships. She has also worked in several non-profit organizations serving the national security community and recently, she was a Senior Vice President in a cyber security start-up that specialized in biometrics and access rights management.
Randall Murch Randall (Randy) Murch is a Research Lead and Professor of Practice at Virginia Tech – National Capital Region, where he has been since December 2004. Prior to that, he was a Research Staff Member, Institute for Defense Analyses for two years, where he conducted studies and analyses for the U.S. national security community. He was a Special Agent and Senior Executive, Federal Bureau of Investigation, from January 1980 to November 2002. While at the FBI, he served in three field offices, several assignments in the FBI (Forensic) Laboratory, several assignments in the FBI’s technical surveillance program and was detailed to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. He was responsible for many investigations, new technology development programs, conducting and supporting many technical investigations and operations, and managing complex mission-oriented programs and technical organizations, and had extensive collaborative engagements with other U.S. Government Agencies and friendly foreign governments. While he was SES, he initiated and oversaw the creation of the U.S. and first-ever Weapons of Mass Destruction forensic investigative program and has remained active in the biological component since his retirement. At Virginia Tech, Murch focuses on research, development, capability transition as well as strategic program development in advanced forensic science, biosecurity, cyberbiosecurity, biosurveillance, biological threat reduction and integrated capacity building at the interfaces of science and technology, operations, intelligence and investigations, policy and law. He has been loaned for IPA assignments to the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense as a senior advisor since he has been at Virginia Tech. For over 15 years, he has served on senior advisory groups for the U.S. national security community and on boards and committees for the U.S. National Academies. He has published in a variety of journals, published invited book chapters, has made numerous invited presentation throughout the U.S. and internationally, has testified in U.S. courts of law as an expert witness approximately 110 times and before the U.S. Congress on several occasions. He holds a BS from the University of Puget Sound, an MS from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign, all in the Life Sciences.
Eileen Parise Eileen Parise brings nearly 30 years of experience in government and corporate relations to bear. She is an expert in orchestrating complex operations and international business transactions. Eileen excels at mitigating risks and complex business challenges and negotiating among diverse groups with an astute understanding of business to business solutions in various fields, including Federal Government, Aerospace, Defense and Homeland Security practices.
Following her career as a senior executive in various positions across the National, International and Homeland Security sectors, she founded The Hawkeye Group International, LLC. Previously, Eileen served as Vice President of the Federal Sector at Erickson Aviation and developed a new Government Services Operation in Washington, D.C., supporting U.S. military and U.S. Government agencies at home and abroad. Prior to her work at Erickson Aviation, Eileen was Vice President for Federal and Commercial markets at Rapiscan Systems, and started the Homeland Security Division at FLIR Systems. As such, she expanded business development and increasing market share, while supporting components within the National Security and Homeland Security Communities and Department of Transportation.
Eileen also worked in affiliation with the Pentagon for the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the J-3, Deputy Directorate for Information Operations. As a political appointee, she served as the Deputy White House Liaison to the Department of Defense, White House Liaison to the Department of Commerce and the first Director of the Trade Advocacy Center at the International Trade Administration.
Chris Pogue Chris Pogue is head of services, security and partner integration at Nuix. He has more than 15 years’ experience and 2,000 breach investigations under his belt. Over his career, Chris has led multiple professional security services organizations and corporate security initiatives to investigate thousands of security breaches worldwide. His extensive experience is drawn from careers as a cybercrimes investigator, ethical hacker, military officer, and law enforcement and military instructor. In 2010, Chris was named a SANS Thought Leader, ran an award-winning security blog (The Digital Standard), and has contributed to multiple security publications. Chris holds a Master's Degree in Information Security and is also an adjunct cybersecurity professor at Southern Utah University.
Johana "Jody" Reed Johana "Jody" Reed is a Counsel with the law firm of McMahon, Welch and Learned, PLLC. Jody has over twenty years of experience as an attorney with over fifteen years of combined experience as a Business Finance Manager, a Contracts Manager at several defense contractors, and as a contracts management support person for the FAA under a contract. Jody's practice focuses on advising domestic and international clients on all aspects of government contracting law, including prime contracts, subcontracts and other related agreements, drafting requests for equitable adjustments and claims; drafting Contractor Performance Assessment Report System responses; reviewing, drafting, evaluating and revising ethics compliance programs; evaluation and submission of Mandatory Disclosures, Cost Accounting Standards and accounting systems/cost principles, contract and solicitation review and risk assessment, protection of intellectual property rights related to government contracts, Organizational Conflicts of Interests issues and mitigation plans, Freedom of Information Act requests and defenses, export controls compliance and training programs, and cyber security issues. She is experienced and skilled in negotiating both international and domestic contracts including subcontracts, teaming agreements, intellectual property licenses, agent agreements, and proprietary information agreements for numerous million- and billion-dollar programs.
Chris Ryan Christopher Ryan is a Senior Managing Associate with Hagerty Consulting. He previously served as a Program and Policy Analyst in Maryland's Governor's Office of Homeland Security, and worked with the University of Maryland's Center for Health and Homeland Security to provide technical assistance to federal, state, local, and private sector partners on complex coordinated attack preparedness, critical infrastructure protection, capabilities assessment, strategic planning, and grant management. His work for HSToday focuses on strategic planning and preparing law enforcement and first responders for Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks.
Hector Santiago Dr. Hector Santiago entered civilian government service after serving in the US Army for almost nine years. Starting his post-military career in 2006, Dr. Santiago has since worked throughout the intelligence community with a specialty in cyber threat analysis and telecommunications infrastructure security. He is currently the lead for Data Analytics Programs at the DHS Intelligence & Analysis Cyber Mission Center.
Ardian Shajkovci Ardian Shajkovci, Ph.D., is the Director of Research and a Senior Research Fellow at the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE). He has been collecting interviews with ISIS defectors and studying their trajectories into and out of terrorism as well as training key stakeholders in law enforcement, intelligence, educators, and other countering violent extremism professionals on the use of counter-narrative messaging materials produced by ICSVE both locally and internationally. He has also been studying the use of children as violent actors by groups such as ISIS and how to rehabilitate them. He has conducted fieldwork in Western Europe, the Balkans, Central Asia, and the Middle East, mostly recently in Jordan and Iraq. He has presented at professional conferences and published on the topic of radicalization and terrorism. Prior to joining ICSVE, Ardian has spent nearly a decade working in both the private and public sectors, including with international organizations and the media in a post-conflict environment. He is fluent in several languages. He holds a doctorate in Public Policy and Administration, with a focus on Homeland Security Policy, from Walden University. He obtained his M.A. degree in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University and a B.A. degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from Dominican University. He also holds several professional certifications in the field of homeland security as well as a professional designation for his contributions to the field of homeland security and homeland security efforts in general. He is also an adjunct professor teaching counterterrorism courses.
Charles Sun Charles Sun is a columnist with HSToday focusing on security and implementation of IPv6. He is a highly innovative, dynamic, and experienced Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) executive with more than twenty-five years’ extensive professional and managerial experience in both the public and private sectors, having routinely and consistently provided the state of the art, innovative, and cutting edge ICT solutions and project management with a proactive vision and common sense to many organizations in both the public and private sectors. As the subject matter expert (SME) in Cloud Computing, SDN, NFV, Data Center Virtualization, IPv6, IoT, large enterprise & campus computer systems and converged voice, video, and data networks design, planning, testing, implementation, installation, and IT project management, Mr. Sun has previously served as Director of IT Engineering and Operations at the Export-Import Bank of the United States and Senior Advisor for Emerging Technologies at the U.S. Census Bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce. He also served as LAN/WAN Network Manager and Branch Chief at the U.S. Census Bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics of U.S. Department of Labor. Prior to his work in the U. S. federal government, Mr. Sun previously worked as a senior network engineer and principal network consultant at the University of Maryland (UMD and UMUC), Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, U. S. National Library of Medicine, AOL Time Warner, and Georgetown University. He also served as a Senior Technical Officer at Startec Global Communications and Network Manager/IT Manager at the National Museums of Asian Art of Smithsonian Institution and other non-profit organizations in the United States. As the recipient of graduate scholarships, Mr. Sun earned a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs from Ohio University. He also completed the courses required for the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at Ohio University
Kalyna White Kalyna White is the STEM Ambassador to the Board of Directors for Women in Homeland Security. She is the founder of LABUkraine, a non-profit organization that builds computer labs for orphans in Ukraine. Since 2011 she has worked with Women in Homeland Security to encourage middle and high school student to pursue STEM careers by organizing and supporting field trips to STEM missions throughout the homeland security enterprise.
Richard D. White Richard D. White is recognized industry expert in the field of cybersecurity and an adjunct professor, cybersecurity information assurance at University of Maryland University College. White has more than 25 years’ experience in systems design, security technology implementation, and security policy development and enforcement, and has developed innovative and affordable approaches for the rapid deployment of cyber threat detection and remediation technologies. He also serves as managing director of Oxford Solutions, a global managed security services company. Prior to that post, he served as the Chief information Security Officer for the United States Capitol Police where he coordinated and managed all aspects of advanced malware and threat detection, incident response, and cyber remediation and containment efforts.
Ahmet Yayla Ahmet S. Yayla is an assistant professor at the DeSales University Homeland Security Department and faculty member at Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies. He is also a research fellow at the Program on Extremism at the George Washington University. Dr. Yayla previously served as a full professor and the chair of the Department of Sociology at Harran University in Turkey.
Dr. Yayla is a 20-year veteran of the counterterrorism and operations department in the Turkish National Police and served as the chief of counterterrorism in Sanliurfa, Turkey between 2010 and 2013. He is an experienced practitioner in counterterrorism and has advised senior government officials around the world during his career in law enforcement and academia. Dr. Yayla has published both scholarly works and written or co-written numerous articles on mainstream news platforms related to counterterrorism and homeland security.