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Lessons in Crisis Leadership with ADM Thad Allen

Washington, DC, June 17, 2011 --( The InfraGard National Members Alliance (INMA) held the latest in its series of critical sector forums by examining crisis leadership with Admiral Thad Allen, USCG (Ret.). INMA Chairman Dr. Kathleen Kiernan and Board Member VADM Dave Pekoske, USCG (Ret.), welcomed Admiral Allen to address a full room of leaders from the public and private sectors.

“Leadership is an invaluable skill and often only truly tested and measured during a crisis. Admiral Allen has that rare combination of leadership that is both quietly evident in daily activity and ubiquitous when a domestic or national security situation demands,” said INMA Chairman Dr. Kathleen Kiernan. She added, “We as a organization and collectively as a citizenry are fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from one of the key leaders of the past decade.”

Admiral Thad Allen retired from the Coast Guard in June 2010 after 39 years of service. During his distinguished career he served in numerous leadership positions including as the 23rd Commandant of the Coast Guard. He is particularly known for his leadership during times of crisis. A selection of the high profile incidents where he played a leadership role include: oversight of all Coast Guard operations on the U.S. East Coast, Gulf Coast, and Great Lakes in the aftermath of September 11th, Principal Federal Official for the search and rescue and recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina, and most recently National Incident Commander for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf.

Dave Pekoske, Group President at A-T Solutions and INMA Board member remarked “Admiral Allen was a truly remarkable leader in the two largest domestic disaster response operations in recent memory. By bringing together leaders from throughout the critical infrastructure community and talking about leadership we will be able to prepare the next set of leaders to better meet the many challenges in any large scale crisis.”

The attendees included leaders from the FBI, DHS, DoD, the military services, the intelligence community, academia, and the private sector.

About InfraGard and the InfraGard National Members Alliance
The InfraGard Program began in 1996 as a collaborative effort between private sector cyber professionals and the FBI field office in Cleveland Ohio. The FBI later expanded the program to each of the FBI’s 56 field offices. In 2003 the private sector members of InfraGard formed the “InfraGard National Members Alliance” (INMA). The INMA is a non-profit Delaware LLC with 501(c)3 status. The INMA LLC is comprised of 86 separate 501(c)3 InfraGard Member Alliances (IMAs) representing over 42,000 FBI-vetted, InfraGard Subject Matter Experts. The INMA has a dual-focus value proposition. First, InfraGard provides its members with unmatched opportunities to promote the physical and cyber security of their organizations, through access to a trusted, national network of Subject Matter Experts from the public and private sectors. Secondly, it provides government stakeholders, at the local, state, and Federal levels, with unmatched access to the expertise and experience of critical infrastructure owners and operators.

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