Welcome to the Washington Homeland Security Roundtable

Congratulations to Elaine Duke!

Elaine Duke

WHSR is delighted to congratulate Elaine Duke on her appointment as Deputy Secretary of DHS. Elaine is a long term friend of the Roundtable and has worked closely with us. Elaine is a veteran of DHS, serving as Undersecretary for Management from 2008 – 2010, as well as Deputy Assistant Administrator for Acquisition at the TSA, where she oversaw the agency's post 9/11 acquisition program that federalized passenger and baggage screening at U.S. airports. Most recently, Elaine acted as principal at Elaine Duke and Associates LLC, an acquisition and business consulting firm.

During her 30 year career with the Federal Government Elaine has received the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award, the DHS Secretary's Medal, the Transportation Security Administration’s Silver Medal for Customer Service, the Department of the Army Commander's Award for Public Service, and the U.S. Coast Guard's Distinguished Public Service Medal.

Congratulations Elaine! Welcome back!

Congratulations Chief Ron Vitiello!

Ron Vitiello

Congratulations to friend and champion of WHSR, Ron Vitiello, on his appointment as Chief of US Border Patrol, effective February 1, 2016.

Chief Vitiello has served USBP for 30 years, beginning his career in 1985 as a Border Patrol agent in Laredo, TX. He has held many leadership positions, from Supervisory Border Patrol Agent to Senior Associate Chief. He also served as Chief of the Rio Grande Valley Sector, which is one of largest and busiest Sectors in the country. Ron was named Deputy Chief in 2010 and Acting Chief from Dec. 1, 2015 until July 20, 2016 and most recently served as Executive Assistant Commissioner for Operations Support, a position equivalent to that of Chief.

Please join WHSR in congratulating Chief Ron Vitiello. Congratulations Ron! Welcome home!

Congratulations to DHS Secretary John Kelly

John Kelly Congratulations to General John Kelly on his confirmation as the fifth Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. He was confirmed by an impressively bi-partisan vote of 88-11. Secretary Kelly brings to DHS his 40+ years of experience in the Marines as well as his knowledge and expertise as a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council under former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson.

Prior to joining DHS, Secretary Kelly most recently served as Commander of USSOUTHCOM, and has held senior command positions in Iraq and as the Senior Military Assistant to two Secretaries of Defense.

Congratulations Secretary Kelly!

Congratulations Kirstjen Nielsen, DHS Chief of Staff

Kirstjen Nielsen WHSR congratulates Kirstjen Nielsen on her appointment as DHS Chief of Staff!

Kirstjen is a longtime friend of the Roundtable and is extremely well regarded in the Homeland Security community.

In his initial letter to DHS employees, Secretary John Kelly wrote: "With her extensive experience in homeland security, she understands the complexity of the various agencies and policies within the Department and the larger homeland security enterprise." She has previously served DHS as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Prevention, Preparedness and Response on the White House Homeland Security Council from 2003-2007 and as Director of the Office of Legislative Policy for TSA from 2002-2004.

Kirstjen is the founder and President of Sunesis Consulting, a security management consulting firm. She is the appointed Chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Risk and Resilience and serves as a civilian expert for NATO, advising on cybersecurity and the creation and use of public-private partnerships to address transglobal risks; a credentialed risk expert through RANE: the Risk Assistance Network + Exchange; a Member of the East West Institute's Breakthrough Group on Strengthening Critical Infrastructure Resilience; an Advisory Board Member for the State of Colorado's Cyber Institute; and a Safety and Security Advisory Board Member for the Center for Naval Analysis. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at the George Washington University.

Congratulations Kirstjen!

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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