Dr. Daniel M. Gerstein has served as the Deputy Under Secretary for Science & Technology in the Department of Homeland Security since August 2011. He is also an Adjunct Professor at American University in Washington, DC at the School of International Service (SIS) where he teaches graduate level courses on biological warfare and the evolution of military thought.
Dr. Gerstein has extensive experience in the security and defense sectors in a variety of positions while serving as a Senior Executive Service (SES) government civilian, in uniform, and in industry. Before joining DHS, he served as the Principal Director for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) within the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy). In uniform, he served on four different continents participating in homeland security and counterterrorism, peacekeeping, humanitarian assistance, and combat in addition to serving for over a decade in the Pentagon in various high level staff assignments. Following retirement from active duty, Dr. Gerstein joined L-3 Communications as Vice President for Homeland Security Services, leading an organization providing WMD preparedness and response, critical infrastructure security, emergency response capacity, and exercise support to U.S. and international customers.
Dr. Gerstein also has extensive experience in international negotiations having served on the Holbrooke Delegation that negotiated the peace settlement in Bosnia, developed and analyzed negotiating positions for the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) talks, and developed an initiative to improve cross border communications between Colombia and neighboring Andean Ridge nations. Additionally, Dr. Gerstein led an initiative to develop a comprehensive biosurveillance system for the Department of Defense (2010-2011), served on the leadership team for the Project for National Security Reform (PNSR) which was charged with developing a new national security act to reflect the changing security environment (2007-2008), co-led the Secretary of the Army’s Transition Team (2004-2005), and led the Army’s most comprehensive restructuring since World War II (2000-2001).
He has been awarded numerous military and civilian awards including an award from the Government of Colombia, the Department of State’s Distinguished Service Award, and the U.S. Army Soldiers Medal for heroism.
He has published numerous books and articles on national security, biological warfare, and information technology including National Security and Arms Control in the Age of Biotechnology (Roman & Littlefield, May 2013), Bioterror in the 21st Century (Naval Institute Press, October 2009), ICMA Report: Planning for a Pandemic (ICMA Press, Volume 39/Number 3 2007), Securing America’s Future: National Strategy in the Information Age (Praeger Security International, September 2005); Leading at the Speed of Light (Potomac Books, November 2006); Assignment Pentagon (Potomac Books, May 2007). He has also served as a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and is a current member.
Dr. Gerstein graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and has masters degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology in Operations Research, the National Defense University in National Security & Strategic Studies and the Command & General Staff College in National Security Strategy & Policy, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from George Mason University in Biodefense.
He resides in Alexandria, VA with his wife Kathy. They have two daughters.
Title of Talk: “Lessons Learned from the Boston Marathon Bombing”.
Superintendent-in-Chief Linskey began his career with the Boston Police Department on November 24, 1986. He graduated at the top of his class earning the prestigious Hogan Award for academic excellence.
Chief Linskey rose through the ranks as a Detective, Sergeant, Sergeant Detective, Lieutenant and Lieutenant Detective Deputy Superintendent, and Superintendent. He spent a large portion of his career in the Drug Control Unit serving at different ranks. He was assigned to the Police Academy as a Criminal Law and Drill Instructor. He served on and oversaw the Dignitary Protection Security Unit, along with Commanding the Special Police Division overseeing the Boston Municipal Police Department. When his Marine Corps Reserve Unit was activated for Operation Desert Storm/Shield he served six months on active duty.
In May 2006 he was promoted to Deputy Superintendent by acting Police Commissioner Al Goslin and appointed as his Chief of Staff where he acted as a liaison between the Boston Police Bureau Chiefs, City Departments, assorted community groups and the Commissioner. As Chief of Staff he was an advisor to the Police Commissioner on policy and staffing issues and oversaw the daily operation of all units assigned to the Office of the Police Commissioner.
In December 2006 Commissioner Edward Davis was sworn in and asked Linskey to maintain the same duties in the newly organized Commissioner’s Office as his First Assistant. He oversaw the new Commissioner’s transition process and assisted in helping get several new initiatives implemented such as Compstat, a process which helped increase accountability.
On July 18, 2007 Linskey was promoted to the rank of Superintendent and assigned to oversee the Bureau of Field Service, in charge of all uniformed officers with a responsibility for the implementation of Community Policing and the delivery of effective and efficient police services to the community as well as the responsibility for delivering tactical police services and joint Bureau Operations.
On September 1, 2009 Linskey was appointed Superintendent-in-Chief, the highest ranking uniform officer in the Department. Chief Linskey is responsible for overseeing the day to day operation of the entire department and reports directly to the Commissioner.
Chief Linskey has garnered a national reputation as a special event planner and critical incident commander. He has helped plan and implement the Boston Police Department’s response to the Democratic National Convention, 7 World Championship sporting events (including the Red Sox 2007 World series, 2 Celtic’s NBA Championship series, 2 New England Patriots Super Bowls and the Boston Bruins Stanley Cup series). The Chief has helped plan and implement the Boston Marathon response plan from 2008 to the present. He was the Incident Commander at the 2013 Boston Marathon and implemented the response to the bombing attacks. He, along with Police Commissioner Edward Davis oversaw the investigation of the terror attack on the Marathon. Chief Linskey was one of the first commanders on scene on April 19th and oversaw the arrest and capture of the terrorists after a fierce gun battle which included bombs being thrown at officers, an unprecedented shutdown of the city and one of the largest and most challenging tactical responses in the history of civilian law enforcement.
Chief Linskey is the Jurisdictional Point of Contact for the Boston Urban Area Security Initiative overseeing the funding and implementation of the Boston Region’s homeland security initiatives. As such he was instrumental in bringing the Urban Shield training exercise to Boston and was the Executive Committee Chairmen who oversaw the planning and implementation of the exercise. This exercise was the largest multi-disciplinary, multi-jurisdictional full scale exercise in the region culminating with a consolidated event that simulated the terrorist attacks on Mumbai, India. Many of the lessons learned from that training were instrumental in the Marathon bombing response.
3 time recipient of the Boston Police Medal of Honor
Recipient of the Hanna Medal of Valor (The State of Massachusetts Highest award)
The American Legion Medal of Valor
The Italian American Police Officer Association Award for Valor
Boston Latin School Class 1985
Curry College BA Criminal Justice Studies
Harvard Kennedy School Senior Executives in State and Local Government
FBI National Academy Graduate Class 243
Major General L. Scott Rice is currently assigned as The Adjutant General, Massachusetts National Guard. He oversees the administration and operation of the Massachusetts National Guard to ensure troops are trained, equipped and mission-ready to support national security objectives as well as protect life and property and preserve peace, order and public safety as directed in times of natural disaster and civil emergency.
General Rice was commissioned in 1980 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York. Following graduate school, he attended pilot training at Reese Air Force Base, Texas, receiving the pilot badge in 1982 and later serving in England where he flew the F-111 Aardvark.
General Rice joined the Massachusetts Air National Guard's 104th Fighter Wing in 1989 to fly the A-10 Thunderbolt II. He served as Squadron Commander, Operations Group Commander, Wing Commander and Air National Guard Commander. He mobilized numerous times since 1995, including deployments to Bosnia, Kosovo, Kuwait and Iraq. He also served as Commander, Air Force Forces, Exercise Eastern Falcon in the United States Central Command Area of Operations, where he supervised F-16 units deployed to Kuwait in 2004, to Jordan and Oman in 2005, and to Pakistan in 2006. General Rice currently serves on the Massachusetts Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force as well as Secretary of the Adjutants General Association of the United States.
1980 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Bachelor of Science, Industrial Engineering, Troy New York
1981 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Master of Science, Industrial Engineering, Troy, New York
2000 Air War College, by correspondence
2009 Harvard University, National and International Security Studies, Cambridge, Massachusetts
2009 George C. Marshall Center for Security Studies, Garmish, Germany
2010 George C. Marshall Center for Security Studies, Garmish, Germany
2010 National Defense University, CAPSTONE, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, District of Columbia
2011 Senior Reserve Component Officer Course, Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania
2011 Combined Force Air Component Commanders Course, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama
2011 Harvard University, General and Flag Officer Homeland Security Executive Seminar, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours: 4300 Fighter Hours
Aircraft flown: F-111A/D/F, A-10
Pilot wings from: Reese Air Force Base, Texas
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Air Medal (with 4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Aerial Achievement Medal (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Army Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal (with 3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters)
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (with V Device, 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Combat Readiness Medal (with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster)
Air Force Recognition Ribbon
National Defense Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star)
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star)
Kosovo Campaign Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star)
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Ribbon Short Tour (with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
Air Force Overseas Ribbon Long Tour
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon (with Gold Border)
Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon (with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster)
Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Silver Hourglass, M Device and Numeral 3)
Air Force Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (with 1 Bronze Service Star)
Air Force Training Ribbon
NATO Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star)
Massachusetts Air National Guard Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star)
Massachusetts Desert Storm Service Ribbon
Massachusetts Defense Expeditionary Ribbon
Louisiana Emergency Service Ribbon
General Rice began a civilian career in 1989 as an Industrial Engineer working for Leighton Machine Company in New Hampshire. He then pursued a commercial aviation career, flying for Northwest, Alaska and United Airlines.
1972 Eagle Scout
2005 George W. Bush Award for Leadership in the Guard/Reserve
Second Lieutenant 17 May 1980
First Lieutenant 18 November 1982
Captain 18 November 1984
Major 18 November 1992
Lieutenant Colonel 9 September 1998
Colonel 15 June 2003
Brigadier General 24 July 2007
Major General 23 December 2010
(Current as of February 2013)
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Don Woodbury is the Technical Director of the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA). His focus is on the technical quality of the HSARPA portfolio, building partnerships within S&T and with external organizations, and with developing investment strategies to meet the future needs of Homeland Defense.
Mr. Woodbury previously served as the Director of the Strategic Technology Office (STO), in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where he managed a portfolio of programs to develop innovative technologies to support U.S. Combatant Commanders in current and emerging strategic areas including Finding Difficult Targets; Communications, Electronic Warfare, and Networks; Cyber; Space Systems; Energy Systems; Directed Energy; Position, Navigation, and Timing; and Force Projection.
Mr. Woodbury previously served as a program manager and senior scientist in DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office, where he managed programs that were focused on the development and demonstration of breakthrough capabilities in manned and unmanned systems, directed energy weapons, space supremacy, and tactical multipliers.
Prior to DARPA, Mr. Woodbury was a technology program manager within the Army Research Laboratory, where he developed and transitioned advanced technologies for numerous aircraft, ground vehicle, and munitions programs. He also served as a project engineer with the Army’s Edgewood Chemical Biological Center and as a reserve officer with the Army’s Operational Group and Intelligence and Security Command.
Mr. Woodbury received a BS in Chemistry and an MS in Physical Chemistry from Clarkson University, and an MS in Technical Management from The Johns Hopkins University. He is a graduate of the Defense System Management College’s Program Manager Course.
Bruce B. Davidson is the Director of the Office of SAFETY Act Implementation, part of the Research & Development Partnerships Group in the Science and Technology Directorate, Department of Homeland Security. The purpose of the SAFETY Act Program is to provide risk and litigation management incentives to the private sector to develop and deploy effective anti-terrorism technologies and services to the maximum extent possible. As the Program Director, Mr. Davidson provides strategic vision and ensures aggressive program execution for a front-line statutory program designed to encourage the private sector to make consequential investments to strengthen our homeland security. Driven and compelled to make a difference, his central focus is to build and sustain a world class, nationally significant program, and consistently deliver outcomes far exceeding expectations. Mr. Davidson draws on his background in law and economics in contributing to the activities of this multi-disciplinary office. Prior to joining the Department of Homeland Security and the SAFETY Act Program in 2006, Mr. Davidson was a member in a Metropolitan D.C. area law firm, with an emphasis on federal practice. He also had a distinguished career as a surface warfare officer and judge advocate in the U.S. Navy, which included service as a staff assistant (1993-97) to the Honorable Walter B. Slocombe, the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and the Honorable Jan M. Lodal, Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.
Mr. Davidson earned a B.A. in Economics from Cornell University, an M.A. from the U.S. Naval War College, a J.D. from the University of South Carolina and an LL.M. in International Law from Georgetown University. He is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia.
For information concerning the SAFETY Act Program, see www.safetyact.gov.