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Brian Perkins

Brian Perkins

President, Dirigo Strategies

During a thirty year career in the U.S. Coast Guard, Brian served in shipboard and shore-based operational and support positions that included command at sea, joint tours, and Project Officer or Branch Chief for a wide variety of efforts in research, tactics, and strategy.

He led teams and personally drafted numerous doctrine publications on search and rescue, law enforcement, security and coastal warfare. He developed a comprehensive and flexible 30 year Capital Asset Management Plan enabling whole fleet planning for the U.S. Coast Guard.

At the time of his retirement from the Coast Guard as Chief of Cutter Forces, he was the senior billeted cutterman responsible for platform management and fleet policies governing a fleet of 280 ships and a community of 8,000 cuttermen worldwide.

Brian holds a B.S. in Marine Science from the U. S. Coast Guard Academy and an MBA with an emphasis in Finance and Operations Research from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He was awarded a Certificate of Public Leadership from The Brookings Institution.

Matthew C. Stanley

Matthew C. Stanley

Associate

Matt is an acquisition and operations specialist who excels at planning and execution while tracking risk and risk management and ensuring that cost, schedule, and performance goals are met. Matt was a DHS Level III Program Manager for the USCG Heavy Polar Icebreaker Program.

He is a retired Coast Guard Captain (06) with 26 years of decorated rotary aviation and 38 years of total service. He was a career pilot and the Deputy Chief of Aviation Forces managing the cost, schedule and performance of 10 major aviation programs, all in different lifecycle stages. He provided oversight to 30 subordinate aviation commands, 200 aircraft, $400M of facilities and a workforce of over 4,900 people with an annual program value of $4.5B in the employment of 114,000 flight hours in all weather.

Matt has a B.A. in Asian Studies and an M.S. in Quality Systems Management. He is an Instructor Pilot, Flight Examiner and Safety Accident Investigator.

Joseph Rousseau

Joseph Rousseau

Associate

Joseph Rousseau is an international, IT minded leader, educated both in the United States and in Europe in the field of information management. He has attained two bachelor degrees and three master degrees while living in five countries.

Joseph is both an experienced business leader and a technological innovator working across diverse industries. He excels at using technology to bring ideas to market and has proven this through projects ranging from the digitalization of processes in the healthcare sector in the Netherlands to overhauling plagiarism detection in higher education to food industry point of sales software.

He is currently helping with software development and IT consulting for rapidly growing startups with $10M in revenue and 100% year-over-year growth, and several large companies across diverse sectors. Joseph also serves in an executive capacity helping to shape the digital strategy of two nonprofits (NABU and Epic Education Foundation).

Kyle Smith

Kyle Smith

Associate

Kyle is a retired USCG 06 Captain with 32 years of service. His last position prior to retirement was the Deputy Commander of CGCYBER Command. He managed all aspects of CGCYBER planning and operations from daily tactical briefings and incident response to developing mission assurance for all CG missions; he conducted defensive cyberspace ops and managed operational risk by assessing threats and vulnerabilities, ensured appropriate defensive actions to minimize consequences to CG-wide mission execution.

He has a broad range of experience in the field of electronics, telecommunications and computer engineering, including radar and computer systems design, and multi-disciplinary IT areas (command, control, communications and computer systems supporting multi-missions).

Kyle holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology, and a Master’s in Information Technology Management. He graduated from National Defense University with a Master of Science in Government Information Leadership with a concentration in weapons of Mass Destruction and a Certificate in Chief Information Officer. He completed Course Study for an Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Sloan School of Management, and is a graduate of U.S. Cyber Command’s Joint Advanced Cyber Warfare Course.

Paul Lattanzi

Paul Lattanzi

Associate

Following a distinguished 25-year career, Paul retired from the U.S. Coast Guard as a senior officer to assist private and public organizations with navigating Federal regulatory safety and security requirements for ships, facilities, and waterways. Paul has served as the Officer in Charge of Marine Inspection with a two-state AOR, lead the federal review for America’s first operational offshore wind energy project, served as a United Nations consultant to 39 nations regarding international shipping conventions, and was lead author for an International Maritime Organization manual regarding contingency planning.

In addition to serving as a pollution response subject matter expert, Paul recently completed the creation of the Navigation Safety Risk Assessments for Ørsted’s 1.1 gigawatt Ocean Wind Farm off the coast of New Jersey and for the $3.8B Hampton Roads Bridge and Tunnel Expansion project.

Paul holds a Bachelors’ degree from The United States Coast Guard Academy, a Master’s degree from Tufts University, is a qualified NIMS Incident Command System Incident Commander, and a licensed Merchant Marine captain.

John C. Bourcet

John C. Bourcet

Associate

John retired after a 20-year career in the U.S. Coast Guard, serving in the Office of Shore Forces and other shore-based operational positions that included counter-terrorism, search and rescue, maritime security and safety, and emergency management. 

He commanded a law enforcement detachment tasked with counter-drug operations in the Pacific Ocean and deployed to the Persian Gulf in 2003, ensuring waterway stability and security in the aftermath of the fall of Saddam Hussein’s government. As the inaugural leader of the Coast Guard Academy’s Guide to Officer Leader Development (GOLD) Program, he unified the Academic, Military and Athletic divisions under an improved framework for commissioning Coast Guard officers as leaders of character.

His final assignment was Chief of Boat Forces at Coast Guard Atlantic Area, where he was the senior expert responsible for more than 250 boat force units. He led an effort to update their staffing and to acquire the best vessels for each unit’s mission areas.

John holds a B.S. in Management degree from the U. S. Coast Guard Academy and an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.
Warren Soloduk

Warren Soloduk

Associate

Warren has served as the President of two technology companies with over 30 years of Government and commercial service. His experience includes: worldwide operations, manufacturing, project management, sales and marketing, and business development for international companies He retired from the U.S. Coast Guard as a senior officer after serving two afloat engineering tours (including icebreakers), and in technology and operations roles at Coast Guard Headquarters and the Pentagon. His final Coast Guard assignment was as a Senior DHS representative at the National Counter Terrorism Center.

After retirement, Warren worked with In-Q-Tel, a strategic investment firm that serves as a bridge between the U.S. Intelligence Community and venture backed start-up companies, where he managed DIA and DHS investment portfolios. He has held executive positions with advanced technology companies that delivered products, solutions, and services to Government and commercial clients.

Warren holds a B.S. in Marine Engineering, has extensive post-graduate training in a wide range of management fields, and is working toward his PhD.

Dr. Jack McCready, Phd.

Dr. Jack McCready, Phd.

Associate

Jack’s extensive R&D activities include prototype development across multiple areas including Mobile platforms and applications, Information Management & Decision-Support Systems; Cyber Security; Data Mining/Visualization, Cryptology, SIGINT, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles; Acoustics, Electro-optics, & Infrared Sensors; RADARS; Communications; GPS & AIS Navigational aids; Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, & Explosive Weapons detectors; and biological/invasive species control.

He has worked at all levels of R&D, most recently as the Coast Guard’s Director of Strategic Analysis & Development, providing executive level leadership, strategic analysis and forecasting.

He has developed partnerships with other government agencies, as well as with industry and academia. He has written position papers and focused short notice REACTs – Rapid Evaluation of Critical Technologies where a three week deadline is specified and has given numerous presentations and talks.

Robert Pearce

Robert Pearce

Associate

Guy is an operations and planning expert with master-level experience in both the National Incident Management and the Joint Planning and Execution Systems. He is an internationally recognized military officer, having led multi-national forces in global counter-narcotics operations. Guy has extensive program management experience in both the military and civilian worlds, including infrastructure improvement and acquisition, fleet-wide avionics upgrades, tactics, techniques and procedures development and commercial ITAR aviation program management. He has extensive experience working with the National Intelligence Community, synthesizing information for law enforcement and military operations. He is a retired Coast Guard Captain (O6) with over 20 years of distinguished rotary wing service and over 27 years of uniformed service. Guy has an undergraduate degree in Economics from Duke University and a Master of Strategic Studies from the USAF War College.

 

Mark Walsh

Mark Walsh

Associate

Mark is a licensed captain with American Cruise Lines. He served over 24 years in the U.S. Coast Guard aboard five cutters and in various leadership positions ashore, including duty as a joint operational planner of U.S. Northern command and is an operations and maintenance scheduler.

Over a 4-yer period he led the U.S. Coast Guard Command and Operations School, responsible for the training of prospective Commanding Officers for all U.S. Coast Guard cutters. As the Atlantic Area Chief of Operational Forces, he was responsible for the oversight of 37 units, comprised of 3500 men and women conducting frontline operations.

Mark holds a B.S. in Government from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He is a graduate of the U.S. Navy’s Maritime Advanced Warfighting School, and an alumnus of the Partnership for Public Service Excellence in a Government Fellows Program

Kevin Wirth

Kevin Wirth

Associate

Kevin is a leader with Cyber and Cryptologic expertise directing geographically dispersed diverse teams conducting operations supporting national, DHS, and Coast Guard missions.  He is an experienced innovative resource sponsor and policy advisor on emerging technologies; with significant experience briefing senior service and Intelligence Community Leadership, as well as Congressional Staff.  An intelligence professional, policy advisor, resource sponsor and mariner who commanded at sea and ashore, Kevin is skilled at defining, developing, and deploying capability to improve mission effectiveness.   

Kevin retired from command of the Coast Guard Cryptologic Group based at the National Security Agency.  He enjoyed 27 years active duty service with the Coast Guard and served 10 years at sea in four cutters and one training command including experience maintaining navigational aids and icebreaking.   

Kevin earned a B.S. in Marine Science, and a M.S. in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University.  His thesis award winning thesis The Coast Guard Intelligence Program Enters the Intelligence Community; A Case Study of Congressional Influence on Intelligence Community Evolution was published in 2007.  

Michael Balding

Michael Balding

Associate

Michael is a retired U.S. Coast Guard Captain with 27 years of service. His last position, prior to retirement, was Deputy Commander of Sector Puget Sound. He led and managed all aspects of USCG planning and coordination (federal, state, tribal and local port partners) and USCG operations in Puget Sound, from daily tactical briefings and risk management oversight to incident response for all  CG statutory missions.

In addition to his Sector operational tours, Mike has a broad range of program management experience, including guiding USCG platforms , coordinating with DoD, and guiding interagency operational and strategic level policies.

As the Program manager for the Office of Boat Forces, he provided direct oversight for all boat acquisition and support contracts for USCG boats, oversight for personnel protective equipment for boat crews, and guidance in CG policy for all boat operations, training, and maintenance. 

Mike holds a BS in Political Science from Old Dominion University, a Masters in Military Studies from the USMC Command and Staff College and is a NIMS qualified Incident Command System – Incident Commander.

Rahshaan Engrum, Phd.

Rahshaan Engrum, Phd.

Associate

 

Rahshaan is a solutions focused and accomplished military veteran, consultant, and Project Management Professional (PMP ®) with 20+ years of experience managing and leading business processes and teams to complete Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Defense missions. He led projects in the Office of Shore Forces, and is an expert in capability development, maritime homeland security, human capital management, quality systems management, and organizational performance.

Since his retirement, Rahshaan has provided technical, analytical, and administrative support to Coast Guard contractors. These efforts include but are not limited to: specialized weapons and tactics, countering weapons of mass destruction (CWMD), aerial/surface threat engagement, port vulnerability assessment, shore force enterprise units/operations, human capital management, emergency management, and port/facility risk assessments.

Rahshaan holds a B.S. in Government from the U. S. Coast Guard Academy, a M.S. in Quality Systems Management from the National Graduate School, and a Doctorate in Business Administration from the National Graduate School.

Richard Hobby

Richard Hobby

Associate

Richard works one on one with highly motivated individuals so that they can communicate clearly and with style. He is particularly astute at proposal writing and editing for a wide range of client proposals. He has written articles for The Boston Globe, Maine Public Radio, and ArtWeek. He coaches senior leaders and helps businesses connect and formalize partnerships. 

He studied Chinese at Yale and proceeded to a fellowship from Oberlin College teaching English at Tunghai University in Taiwan.  He went on to become Director of the Academia Language Center in Harvard Square— with clients that included Delta Airlines, The Boston Globe, Tokyo Gas, the U.S. Navy, Polaroid, Gillette, Harvard University and MIT.

In 1999 Richard created Greengage—with clients such as Pepsico, Chrysler, Business Week, MetLife, Newsday, Suzuki, Better Homes and Gardens, National Semiconductor, and Texas Instruments. 

In addition, Richard acted professionally in classic theater—Robert Lowell, Sophocles, William Saroyan, Tennessee Williams—in New York and San Francisco.

Richard guides people to communications that are clear, graceful, and engaging.