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2015 – 2016 Border Patrol Industry Academy

The Washington Homeland Security Roundtable, in collaboration with the U.S. Border Patrol, kicked off the first ever Federal Law Enforcement Industry Academy – the Border Patrol Industry Academy on October 14 and 15, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Border Patrol Industry Academy Inaugural Class consists of 50 Senior Level Executives who represent national and international firms of all sizes. This extensive program is designed to strengthen Industry collaboration and understanding of the Border Security mission, practices and objectives in an intimate and hands-on environment.

The Border Patrol Industry Academy Curriculum included a robust array of topics designed as both large plenary sessions and more focused breakout sessions.

Over the two-day Kick-Off each Industry Executive attended many comprehensive sessions held within Border Patrol training rooms, participated in discussions with USBP Senior Staff and toured the Headquarters located in the Ronald Reagan Building.

The Academy Class was briefed on USBP Strategy and major initiatives by Border Patrol Chief Fisher, Deputy Chief Vitiello, Chief Hull, Deputy of LEOD, and MROD Deputy Executive Director Allen, among others. The Academy Class also met with U.S. Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner, Kevin McAleenan.

Additionally, Assistant Secretary for the Private Sector Office of DHS, Jose Raul Perales, briefed the group on the importance of the Public/Private Partnership to support the missions of both DHS and Border Security.

This one year program is organized such that USBP knowledge and understanding is built with each successive quarterly session. The second and third sessions are scheduled to be held in late-January at select USBP sites along the Southwest Border and in early May at select USBP sites along the Northern Border, respectively. The program will conclude at the Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, NM in early August.


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"The Border Patrol Industry Academy – 2015 is a truly extraordinary opportunity for industry to gain an in-depth insight into the many faces and responsibilities of the United States Border Patrol. The Border Patrol and Washington Homeland Security Roundtable have pulled out all the stops to make this initiative an overwhelming success. The quality and candidness of the speakers is outstanding. You come away with not only a better understanding of the difficulty and complexity involved in defending our Nation’s borders but also a deep appreciation for the professionalism, sacrifice and service that the men and women of the Border Patrol exhibit every day.

The Washington Homeland Security Roundtable hits yet another homerun in organizing this exceptional series of Government/industry engagements."

Merv Leavitt
Vice President, SCRA
"WHSR is simply a class act. They make it a point to keep senior officials and executives engaged, collaborative, and pushing the curve just enough to help influence change. There is no better engagement with SES DHS officials than WHSR - and they just make you feel good too.

Right mission. Right approach. Right size. You should be here too."

Mark Sheppard
Federal CIO & Director, LexisNexis
"Triumph Enterprises, Inc. is most appreciative of the opportunity to be an integral part of the WHSR/TSA OSC Small Business Focus Group. The experience has been extremely positive for us.

Having the opportunity to discuss small business procurement ideas and challenges with key decision makers in OSC - who are actively seeking real world inputs from small businesses such as ours - has been refreshing and rewarding.

We've had an open, honest, and forthright dialog with the senior leadership of OSC, and are 100% certain that our ideas have been heard and carefully considered."

Lee Plumb
Vice President, Triumph Enterprises, Inc.
"The WHSR/TSA Focus groups have proven to be an invaluable resource to gain greater insight into TSA as well as to have valuable conversations between a wide range of industry companies and TSA stakeholders. This type of open collaboration generates increased awareness of mission problems and can help create better targeted solutions from traditional and non-traditional market participants."

Don Fenhagen
Associate Partner, IBM
"The WHSR/TSA OSC Focus Groups allowed Engility to better understand not just what TSA's challenges are but why they are challenges. They also allowed Engility to learn the key technical, management, personnel, and corporate key factors that Industry must bring to the table to assist TSA and why they are important."

Peter Lierni
Senior Director, Engility
"The WHSR/TSA OSC Focus Groups provided a great opportunity for industry to communicate and collaborate with TSA over a sustained period about mutual goals, expectations, and challenges. Congratulations on a job well done. Let's keep the conversation going."

Steve Mikolaski
Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP
"The open exchange between TSA leadership and industry on the agency's operational challenges and objectives, facilitated by the Washington Homeland Security Roundtable, will have the beneficial effects of enhancing security, speeding deployment of essential technologies, and reducing costs."

Michael T. Dougherty
Director of Law Enforcement Solutions, Raytheon Company