InfraGard Hosts Border Security Forum
The InfraGard National Members Alliance (INMA) held the latest in its series of critical sector forums by examining border security issues with Michael Fisher (Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol), Donna Bucella (Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Intelligence and Investigative Liaison at U.S. Customs and Border Protection) and Pat Maher (Senior Intelligence Analyst with Booz Allen Hamilton). Dr. Kathleen Kiernan and Rick Saunders welcomed the distinguished panel.
“The men and women who protect our borders deserve both our gratitude and our admiration; they are one of the nation's most critical resources,” said INMA Chairman Dr. Kathleen Kiernan. She added “Their mission is extraordinarily complex and extends well beyond natural land borders.”
Rick Saunders, Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton remarked “We are pleased to have an opportunity to sponsor this session and contribute to the dialog with leaders from across the public and private sectors. Booz Allen Hamilton maintains its commitment to supporting our country on these important issues.”
Michael J. Fisher is the Chief of the U.S Border Patrol. In this role he is responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating, and directing enforcement programs designed to secure our Nation's borders and greatly increase the probability that terrorists and terrorist weapons, as well as smugglers of humans, narcotics, and other contraband, will be deterred from entering the United States, or detected and apprehended after entry. Chief Fisher entered duty with the U.S. Border Patrol in 1987 and has served in numerous locations throughout his career including Tucson, El Paso, and Detroit.
Donna Bucella was appointed in August 2010 to serve as the Assistant Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Intelligence and Investigative Liaison. Prior to joining CBP, Ms. Bucella served as an attorney with the law firm of Foley and Lardner. She also has served in the U.S. Army and retired at the rank of Colonel. Ms. Bucella has an extensive background in intelligence, law enforcement, terrorist screening, and security. She served as the first Director of the Terrorist Screening Center at the FBI. There she directed the first consolidation of all terrorist watch lists and developed the coordination of anti-terrorism efforts between law enforcement, the military, DHS, the private sector, and the intelligence communities.
Pat Maher is a widely respected senior intelligence analyst with more than 36 years of experience, focusing particularly on Latin American political, security, and economic issues. As National Intelligence Officer for the Western Hemisphere from 2005-2009, he prepared National Intelligence Estimates (NIEs) and other strategic assessments. He also briefed President Bush, other senior US policymakers, top intelligence officials, and the presidents of two large Latin American countries. Prior to that position Mr. Maher held other senior management positions, including as deputy director of two large Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) offices.
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 45,000 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.
For more information about InfraGard, please visit www.infragard.net. For more information about the INMA, please visit www.infragardmembers.org.
About Booz Allen Hamilton
Booz Allen Hamilton has been at the forefront of strategy and technology consulting for nearly a century. Today, the firm is a major provider of professional services primarily to US government agencies in the defense, intelligence, and civil sectors, as well as to corporations, institutions, and not-for-profit organizations. Booz Allen offers clients deep functional knowledge spanning strategy and organization, technology, operations, and analytics—which it combines with specialized expertise in clients’ mission and domain areas to help solve their toughest problems.
The firm’s management consulting heritage is the basis for its unique collaborative culture and operating model, enabling Booz Allen to anticipate needs and opportunities, rapidly deploy talent and resources, and deliver enduring results. By combining a consultant’s problem-solving orientation with deep technical knowledge and strong execution, Booz Allen helps clients achieve success in their most critical missions - as evidenced by the firm’s many client relationships that span decades. Booz Allen helps shape thinking and prepare for future developments in areas of national importance, including cybersecurity, homeland security, healthcare, and information technology.
Booz Allen is headquartered in McLean, Virginia, employs more than 25,000 people, and has annual revenues of over $5 billion. Fortune has named Booz Allen one of its “100 Best Companies to Work For” for seven consecutive years. Working Mother has ranked the firm among its “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” annually since 1999. More information is available at www.boozallen.com.