Workshop on Enhanced Supply Chain Crime During the Pandemic

August 21, 2020  2:00 pm – 3:30 pm  EDT

Crime Workshop News Story

Organizing Committee:

Jim Jones, Director, CINA Center, George Mason University (chair)

Randy “Church” Kee, Executive Director, ADAC Center, University of Alaska

Fred Roberts, Director, CCICADA Center, Rutgers University


Introductory Remarks: Gia Harrigan, Acting Director, DHS Office of University Programs

Introductory Remarks: Fred Roberts, Director, COE COVID-19 Supply Chain Initiative, Director of CCICADA COE

Bio: Fred Roberts
FRED S. ROBERTS is a Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Rutgers University and Director of the Command, Control, and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis (CCICADA), founded as a University Center of Excellence of DHS. He is Emeritus Director of DIMACS, one of the original National Science Foundation science and technology centers, with 14 academic and industrial partners and some 350 affiliated scientists. Among his current research interests are resilience of supply chains, challenges of disasters and pandemics, stadium and large venue security, resource allocation, maritime cyber security, and the homeland security aspects of global environmental change. Roberts has authored four books, edited 24 additional books, and authored 200 scientific articles, some translated into Russian and Chinese, included the first book on maritime cyber security. Among his awards are the Commemorative Medal of the Union of Czech Mathematicians and Physicists, the Distinguished Service Award of the Association of Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory, Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, the National Science Foundation Science and Technology Centers Pioneer Award, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Paris-Dauphine.

Panel I: Crime in Licit and Illicit Supply Chains

Moderator: Jim Jones, Director CINA COE

Bio: Jim Jones
Jim Jones is the Director of the DHS Center of Excellence for Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis (CINA), led by George Mason University. Jim is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering, Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity Engineering programs, at George Mason University. Jim has been a cyber security and digital forensics practitioner, researcher, and educator for over 25 years in industry, government, and academia. Past and current funded research sponsors include DARPA, IARPA, DHS, NSF, and DoD. He has degrees in Systems Engineering (BS), Mathematical Sciences (MS), and Computational Sciences and Informatics (PhD).

His University Biography is available at:

Kerry Bernstein, Principal Scientist, Modern Technology Solutions, Inc.

Bio: Kerry Bernstein     Slides
Kerry Bernstein is a consultant developing hardware security technologies for DoD. Formerly, he served for six years as a program manager in the Microsystems Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). His interests are in the area of anti-counterfeiting, hardware security and emerging high performance post-CMOS device technologies. Mr. Bernstein formerly was a Senior Technical Staff Member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, working for 33 years on high performance computing hardware. He attributes any successes realized to be due in large part to being surrounded by wonderful people throughout his entire career. Mr. Bernstein received his B.S. (1978) in Electrical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and continued graduate work at the University of Vermont. He has co-authored four (4) textbooks, holds 155 patents, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Louise Shelley, George Mason University and CINA COE

Bio: Dr. Louise Shelley      Slides
Dr. Louise Shelley is the Omer L. and Nancy Hirst Endowed Chair and a University Professor at George Mason University. She is in the Schar School of Policy and Government and directs the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) that she founded. She is a leading expert on the relationship among terrorism, organized crime and corruption as well as human trafficking, transnational crime and terrorism with a particular focus on the former Soviet Union. She also specializes in illicit financial flows and money laundering. She was an inaugural Andrew Carnegie Fellow. Her newest book written while on the Carnegie Corporation and Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowship, Dark Commerce: How a New Illicit Economy is Threatening our Future, on illicit trade, the new technology and sustainability was published with Princeton University Press in November 2018.

Randy Sandone, Executive Director CIRI COE

Bio: Randall J. Sandone     Slides
Randall J. Sandone, a Certified Chief Information Security Officer, is the Executive Director of the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI) which is a Department of Homeland Security, Center of Excellence. In this position Mr. Sandone is responsible for the operational, administrative, and financial management of the Institute.  Mr. Sandone has had a comprehensive career guiding research and technology projects in settings ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. His strengths lie in strategy development, business development, and project management.

Mr. Sandone has over thirty years of experience in cyber security leadership.  He has managed the development, testing, and certification of a variety of cyber security products used by customers ranging from the US Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, and other Federal agencies to private sector companies large and small around the world.  In his current position at CIRI, Mr. Sandone has been instrumental in helping to guide a research, technology transition, and education and workforce development portfolio that is delivering impactful cybersecurity solutions to both the public and private sector.  In this and in other executive leadership positions for a number of globally-oriented companies he was responsible for technology transition and licensing, commercialization, product development, and financial management.

Mr. Sandone is a former member of the University of Illinois College of Engineering Advisory Board and a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the Maritime and Port Security Information Sharing and Analysis Organization.  He was a finalist for Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year for Illinois and Northern Indiana” and a finalist for KPMG’s “Illinois Technology Award.” Mr. Sandone is a frequent speaker at security conferences throughout the United States.

Jere Miles, (Acting) Assistant Director, Operational Technology and Cyber Division, HSI

Bio: Jere Miles
Jere Miles is the Assistant Director (AD), Operational Technology and Cyber Division, Homeland Security Investigations, Washington, DC. In his current assignment he exercises oversight of  the enterprise wide Law Enforcement Technology; uses, R&D, purchasing and deployment, the global Cyber Investigations program; policy development, implementation and oversight as well as training of all cyber investigators and analysts dedicated to cyber forensics, intrusions or digital technology facilitated criminal activity. Additionally, he oversees HSI’s enterprise wide investigative databases, big data project and global information sharing.

Prior to beginning his career as a Federal Criminal Investigator, SAC Miles served in the United States Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, from 1984 until 1992, participating in Operation “Just Cause”. After his honorable discharge, he served as a Deputy Sheriff in South Carolina from 1993 – 1999, holding the positions of Patrol Deputy, Vice Detective and Resident Deputy Investigator.

He began his federal career in November 1999, with the U.S. Customs Service as an Air Enforcement Officer. In December 2000, he was converted to a Criminal Investigator and assigned to work in the U.S. Customs Service (USCS), Special Agent in Charge (SAC), Miami, FL. During his Federal career AD Miles has spent seven years overseas, Republic of Mexico, and held numerous leadership positions in both Homeland Security Investigations field offices and Headquarters.

Panel II: Rural Crime

Moderator: Church Kee, Director ADAC COE

Bio: Randy “Church” Kee
Major General Randy “Church” Kee, United States Air Force (ret) is the Executive Director of the Arctic Domain Awareness Center (ADAC) at the University of Alaska, a DHS Center of Excellence. Since January 2016, General Kee leads a distributed team of Science and Technology, Research & Development. General Kee has led at the Squadron, Group, Wing and Air Ops Center levels.  General Kee’s staff assignments include U.S. Transportation Command, Headquarters USAF, and the U.S. Joint Staff in both Operations plus Strategic Plans and Policy Directorates. He has contributed to U.S. Arctic Strategy, supported domain awareness technology development, and Defense Support to Arctic crisis response. He culminated his military service as Director of Strategy, Policy, Planning and Capabilities for U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany.  General Kee is a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center Polar Institute and serves an important role for the International Cooperative Exchange for Polar Research.

His USAF Biography is available at:

Mr. Shannon Jenkins, Senior Arctic Policy Advisor to the Commandant, HQ U.S. Coast Guard – USCG and the Marine approaches to remote coastlines (as found in Alaska and the U.S. Arctic)

Bio: Shannon Jenkins
Shannon Jenkins serves as head of the Arctic Policy Office at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters.  His responsibilities include coordinating Arctic cross-directorate actions, harmonizing Coast Guard program office and field efforts, leading Arctic policy and strategy development, and tracking Arctic implementation-plan actions and progress.  Shannon provides expert assistance on Arctic topics both internal and external to the Coast Guard and advances National interests and dialogue through public, private, and international forums.  His mandate is to advance the Coast Guard’s Arctic strategy of ensuring safe, secure, and environmentally responsible maritime activity in the region.

Prior to his role as Senior Arctic Policy Advisor, Shannon served as a Program Manager within the Coast Guard’s Research, Development, Test, & Evaluation Program.  He managed the Arctic and the Environmental & Waterways research areas.  His duties included identifying and prioritizing research needs, coordinating project execution and resource management, and addressing internal and external leadership queries.  Shannon was also a member of the matrix team that developed the Coast Guard 2010 High Latitude Mission Analysis Report.

Shannon Jenkins has 30+ years of Federal service, most of those with the Coast Guard.  He earned a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Mississippi State University and a Master’s degree in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University’s Eisenhower School.

Dr. Whitney Lackenbauer, Trent University, Peterborough Ontario – Canadian perspective

Bio: Dr. Whitney Lackenbauer     Slides
Whitney Lackenbauer is Canada Research Chair in the Study of the Canadian North and a Professor in the School for the Study of Canada at Trent University, Ontario, Canada. He also serves as Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group and is network lead of the North American and Arctic Defence and Security Network (NAADSN). He has (co-)written or (co-)edited more than fifty books and more than one hundred academic articles and book chapters. His recent books include Breaking Through? Understanding Sovereignty and Security in the Circumpolar Arctic (co-edited, 2021); Canada and the Maritime Arctic: Boundaries, Shelves, and Waters (co-authored 2020); Custos Borealis: The Military in the Canadian North (edited 2020); Governing Complexity in the Arctic Region (co-authored 2019); Breaking the Ice Curtain? Russia, Canada, and Arctic Security in a Changing Circumpolar World (co-edited 2019); andChina’s Arctic Ambitions and What They Mean for Canada (co-authored 2018).

Mr. Mike Duxbury, State of Alaska Deputy Commissioner for Public Safety – Challenges to internal security, (Ret)

Bio: Mike Duxbury     Slides
ADAC’s Executive Counselor, Michael Duxbury retired from the Alaska Department of Public (DPS) after serving 30+ years as an Alaska State Trooper in western Alaska and the Arctic regions. Mr. Duxbury promoted up the ranks with increased responsibility from first line supervisor to deputy commander. He also held statewide positions including Criminal Intelligence Unit supervisor, Statewide Drug Unit, and Alaska Bureau of Investigations Captain / commander. In 2019 Mr. Duxbury was appointment as the Deputy Commissioner of DPS. In 2020, he began working for a U.S. contractor providing analysis for a government client. Experiences such traveling 309 miles via snow-machine to visit assigned villages, village council meetings, Village Public Safety Officer training, and seeking collaborative solutions to public safety problems in Sub-Arctic and Arctic communities provides Mr. Duxbury with perspective on the intersect of public safety services enhancing state security, while informing national and regional arctic security.   Mr. Duxbury has a BS in Criminal justice and is a graduate of the FBI NA Academy.

Agent Jack Staton, DHS ICE, Deputy Director, Joint Task Force West

Bio: Jack P. Staton
Jack P. Staton assumed the duties of the Deputy Director, Joint Task Force – West (JTF-W), in December 2019. JTF-W is a component of the Department of Homeland Security’s Southern Border and Approaches Campaign Plan.

Prior to his current assignment, Jack served as the Special Agent in Charge for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigation’s El Paso Office.

Jack also served in numerous field and headquarters leadership positions throughout his career including as the Executive Deputy Assistant Director for Homeland Security Investigation’s Office of Intelligence and as the Deputy Assistant Director of the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center.

Jack, a member of the Senior Executive Service with over 25 years of law enforcement, border security, emergency management and criminal intelligence experience, began his career as a Border Patrol Agent with the Immigration and Naturalization Service in 1995.

Closing Discussion: Next Steps

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