Aguilar and Cummiskey Add Significant Experience in Border Security, Cyber Security and Acquisition
Washington, D.C., January 15, 2015 — The Government Technology & Services Coalition (GTSC) announced today that GSIS Partner David Aguilar, former Deputy Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol; and Chris Cummiskey, former Acting Under Secretary for Management and Chief Acquisition Officer for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have joined its prestigious panel of Strategic Advisors.
“From one day to the next border and cyber security are the headlines. Internationally we have some unprecedented threats targeting America’s physical and cyber assets. Chief Aguilar brings a tremendous breadth of experience to the members of GTSC and Mr. Cummiskey is one of the most experienced cyber security executives in the government contracting community,” said Kristina Tanasichuk, CEO of GTSC. Aguilar and Cummiskey will work with the members of GTSC and their government partners to continue fostering substantive partnerships to achieve mission.
“The United States must approach border security with more agility, integration and speed than ever before. Given the recent events in France our country and our allies must reinforce our commitment to the security of our people. There is no room for error. I believe that the best solutions will come from vigorous dialogues with mission-oriented companies and our Federal partners. GTSC has proven the leader in this type of conversation and I look forward to contributing to the direction and content,” added Aguilar. As Commissioner of CBP, Aguilar led the United States government’s largest law enforcement organization with a workforce of 60,000, including 43,000 uniformed law enforcement officers. He strategically planned, formulated, and executed a yearly budget of nearly 12 billion dollars and was responsible for the management of the largest civilian Law Enforcement Air Force in the world. During his 35 year career at CBP, Aguilar was also responsible for securing the over 6,000 miles of land border between the ports of entry against the smuggling of illegal entrants into the United States, illicit goods, narcotics, and weapons for use against the population of the United States. At GSIS, Mr. Aguilar advises clients on a broad range of national homeland and international security matters including border operations, security management, global trade and commerce, supply chain management and security, critical infrastructure protection, risk management, viability assessments, and strategic planning and implementation.
“Cyber is one of the nation’s highest priorities – and the attacks get more serious daily. Working with the Coalition I believe that we can bring more innovation and expertise to our nation’s cyber defense through the talent and creativity of small and mid-sized innovators,” said Cummiskey at the announcement. While at DHS, Cummiskey was a leader in efforts to strengthen government-wide cybersecurity, enterprise IT, department-wide management, and acquisition oversight. Mr. Cummiskey co-led all of the major cyber committees at DHS including the Executive Steering Committee on the National Cybersecurity Protection System (Einstein), the Executive Steering Committee on Cyber Strategy, the Acquisition Review Board on government-wide Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM), and the Executive Steering Committee on Cyber Hiring. He also served on the oversight committee on the implementation of President Obama’s Executive Order on Cybersecurity. Mr. Cummiskey recently left DHS after six years to start his own cyber/management consulting firm.
A full list of GTSC’s Board of Strategic Advisors, Members, and Mentors is available at www.GTSCoalition.com.