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Congratulations Kirstjen Nielsen

Kirstjen Nielsen

Not too long ago we congratulated Kirstjen Nielsen on becoming the DHS Chief of Staff, and now another congratulation is in order. Yesterday President Trump announced Kirstjen Nielsen is his nominee for Secretary of DHS. In his statement announcing the nomination President Trump said Kirstjen’s previous time at DHS was "integral to the progress we have made in controlling our borders, confronting gang violence, preparing for disasters, and protecting aviation security."

Kirstjen previously worked in the White House as the Principal Deputy Chief of Staff under Chief of Staff John Kelly. Kirstjen is the first nominee for Secretary of DHS who has already worked in the department. In the past Kirstjen has served DHS as Special Assistant to the President, as the Senior Director for Prevention, Preparedness, and Response for the White House Homeland Security Council, and as the Director of the Office of Legislative Policy for TSA.

It is so exciting for the Homeland Security community to have one of our own, as well as such a tremendous asset as our new Secretary.

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.

President Trump also stated, "During John Kelly's time at DHS, right by his side was Kirstjen, the chief of staff for the department. He would be the first to tell you that she was critical to his success. There, she quickly reinforced a sterling reputation as a dedicated leader whose number-one priority is always the safety and security of our country and our citizens, not politics or ideology. That sets her apart."

Congratulations Kirstjen and welcome back to DHS!

Coast Guard Industry Academy

The Washington Homeland Security Roundtable (WHSR) announces the creation of the Coast Guard Industry Academy. The Coast Guard Industry Academy is an unprecedented, in-depth program designed to strengthen Industry collaboration and knowledge of the Coast Guard mission.

The program consists of quarterly sessions over a one-year period, which are: the opening session at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC, three sessions at selected Coast Guard facilities along the East and West Coasts, the Gulf of Mexico, and the concluding session at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC.
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Upcoming Events

WHSR Luncheon
Thursday February 15, 2018

Roundtable session with Chip Fulghum, DHS Deputy Under Secretary for Management




"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