Global Illicit Supply Chains: Protecting Citizens and International Borders

March 23rd, 2011 at 11 AM

Criminal enterprises operating globally – so-called “Transnational Criminal Organizations” — have spent years refining their approaches to all types of illicit trafficking including narcotics, weapons, illicitly gained and laundered money, and even modern day slavery. In many ways, these organizations can be considered multi-national corporations, given their size, reach, and sophistication. Indeed, their production and logistics operations rival best practices in the commercial sector, with highly resilient supply chains driven by the need to minimize the risk of seizure. TCOs often directly and indirectly enable, support, and facilitate insurgencies and terrorism; undermine state stability, security, and sovereignty; and corrupt legitimate global financial and trade networks. The stakes are high. U.S. Law Enforcement, Homeland Security, and the Department of Defense (DoD) find themselves at the front lines of this global security issue. As criminal organizations adapt to traditional interdiction methodologies, stakeholders across government are coming together to stem the tide, looking at what new technologies and whole of government approaches can be brought to bear to address this complex threat.

David Aguilar– Deputy Commissioner, US Customs and Border Protection
David Gaddis– Chief of Global Enforcement Operations, Drug Enforcement Administration, US Department of Justice
Caryn Hollis– Principal Director for Counternarcotics and Global Threats, Office of the Secretary of Defense
Kumar Kibble– Deputy Director, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Rear Admiral Paul Zukunft– Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship, US Coast Guard


Moderator: Mike Jones – Senior Vice President Booz Allen Hamilton

About the Panel:

Mike Jones
Senior Vice President
Booz Allen Hamilton

Mr. Jones is currently a Senior Vice President and leads Booz Allen’s Supply Chain and Logistics Center of Excellence which supports clients across the defense, intelligence, and civil government agencies. In addition, Mr. Jones leads the Firm’s NAVSEA as well as its International Naval businesses. Since joining Booz Allen, Mr. Jones has executed organizational design, corporate portfolio strategies, pre- and post-merger integration plans, business restructuring, performance improvement initiatives, and new product launch strategies for commercial and government clients. Mr. Jones has experience assisting the world’s premier defense companies across many diverse platforms including, satellites, space launch, surface and submarine vessels, fixed wing and rotary aircraft, tracked and wheeled armored vehicles, guns, ammo handling systems, and ordnance/munitions.

Prior to joining Booz Allen, Mr. Jones spent ten years working in the pharmaceutical, specialty chemical, and tobacco industries. While there, Mr. Jones held various senior operations and process engineering roles across these diverse industries.

MBA, Stern Business School, New York University, Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University

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David V. Aguilar
Deputy Commissioner
US Customs and Border Protection

On April 11, 2010, David V. Aguilar was named Deputy Commissioner of U. S. Customs and Border Protection. During his appointment as Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Aguilar will serve as Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the daily operations of CBP’s 57,000‐employee workforce and managing an operating budget of more than $11 billion.

Mr. Aguilar’s primary focus will be to ensure that CBP’s mission of protecting our nation’s borders from terrorists and terrorist weapons is carried out effectively in partnership and unison with our country’s other Federal, state, local and foreign partners. Carrying out CBP’s other border‐related responsibilities of keeping out illegal drugs and illegal aliens, securing and facilitating legitimate global trade and travel, and protecting our food supply and agriculture industry from pests and disease will also be a main priority.

On July 1, 2004, David V. Aguilar was named Chief of the United States Border Patrol, assuming the position as the Nation’s highest ranking Border Patrol Agent. With his knowledge of the job and his expertise gained from over 31 years of service with the Border Patrol, Chief Aguilar directed the enforcement efforts of more than 20,000 Border Patrol Agents nationwide.

Prior to his position of Chief, United States Border Patrol, Mr. Aguilar was the Chief Patrol Agent of the Tucson Sector. As Chief, Tucson Sector, he had over 2,000 Border Patrol Agents under his command and over 200 support personnel. He had oversight of eight geographically dispersed Border Patrol Stations along 261 miles of the Arizona/Mexico border. In 2003, the Tucson Sector was awarded the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Anti‐Terrorism Commissioner’s Award for operational achievements under Operation Desert Safeguard, an operation planned, designed and implemented in the high‐risk areas of the Tucson Sector. In March 2004, Homeland Security Under Secretary Asa Hutchinson designated Chief Aguilar as the Border and Transportation Security Integrator for the execution of the Arizona Border Control Initiative. In 2004, Chief Aguilar was also elected as the President of the Southern Arizona Federal Executive Association.

Before his Tucson Sector assignment, Chief Aguilar served as Assistant Regional Director for the Border Patrol in the Central Region of the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). Chief Aguilar was the principal assistant, advisor, and strategic planner to the Regional Director where he managed, directed and guided the Regional Border Patrol Program from August 1996 to November 1999. Chief Aguilar served as Patrol Agent in Charge of three Border Patrol Stations in Texas from 1988 to August 1996 ‐ Dallas, Rio Grande Valley and Brownsville. Under his command, the Dallas and Brownsville Border Patrol Stations were both awarded the Commissioner’s Award for Group Achievement. At the time, the Brownsville Station was the largest Border Patrol Station in the Central Region.

Chief Aguilar entered on duty with the United States Border Patrol in June 1978 at Laredo, Texas, where he held the positions of first line supervisor, Assistant Patrol Agent in Charge and Patrol Agent in Charge. Mr. Aguilar received an Associates Degree in Accounting from Laredo Community College, attended Laredo State University and University of Texas at Arlington. He is a graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government Harvard Senior Executive Fellows. He is a recipient of the 2005 President’s Meritorious Excellence Award, and in 2008, Chief Aguilar was a recipient of the Presidential Rank Award. Chief Aguilar and his wife of 35 years, Bea, have three children and three grandchildren.

Mr. David Gaddis
Chief of Global Enforcement Operations
Office of Global Enforcement
Drug Enforcement Administration
US Department of Justice

David L. Gaddis began his career with the Drug Enforcement Administration in February 1986 and was assigned to the Atlanta Field Division in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Gaddis was subsequently assigned to the Miami Field Division where he worked as a Criminal Investigator until May 1992 when he was assigned to DEA’s Office of International Operations drug interdiction program, known as Operation SNOWCAP, where he worked on extended TDY assignments in South and Central America. In 1992, Mr. Gaddis received a permanent change of station overseas and was reassigned to San Jose, Costa Rica where he worked as a Criminal Investigator in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

In August 1995, Mr. Gaddis was promoted and assigned to the Hermosillo, Mexico Resident Office where he served as the Resident Agent in Charge. In March 1998, he was reassigned to DEA Headquarters, where he served as a Staff Coordinator and Section Chief in the Mexico and Central America Section, Office of International Operations, until February 2000 when he assumed the position as Deputy Chief of International Operations. In August 2001, Mr. Gaddis was reassigned as Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the North Carolina District where he managed DEA operations throughout the State until his assignment to the Senior Executive Service position of Regional Director for DEA’s Andean Region in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru. Mr. Gaddis headed the management and enforcement operations of this region until August 2006 when he was reassigned from Bogotá, Colombia, to Mexico City, Mexico, as DEA’s Regional Director for Canada, Mexico and Central America. In July 2009, Mr. Gaddis was selected as Deputy Chief of Operations, Office of Global Enforcement and reassigned to DEA Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. In his current position, Mr. Gaddis coordinates enforcement and administrative matters for all of DEA’s field elements, domestic and foreign, and represents DEA’s offices worldwide on matters relating to joint investigations and enforcement initiatives and other programs within the inter-agency community.

Mr. Gaddis has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Management. He has received numerous DEA and other law enforcement awards and has received additional Leadership and EEOC Managerial Training at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Johns Hopkins University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, respectively.

Ms. Caryn Hollis
Principal Director for Counternarcotics and Global Threats
Office of the Secretary of Defense
(Special Operations & Low Intensity Conflict and Interdependent Capabilities)

Ms. Caryn Hollis is the Principal Director in the office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counter Narcotics and Global Threats.

From May to October 2009, Ms. Hollis served as the Chief of Staff for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations & Low Intensity Conflict and Interdependent Capabilities in the office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.

From February 2007 to May 2009, Ms. Hollis served as the Director, Partnering at U.S. Southern Command and the Senior Defense Policy Advisor to the Combatant Commander. The Partnering Directorate was comprised of representatives from the interagency community and the armed services. Ms. Hollis was responsible for identifying interagency opportunities and aligning U.S. Southern Command efforts to expand collaboration and integration of interagency representation at U.S. Southern Command.

From February 2005 to January 2007, Ms. Hollis served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs and the Principal Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.

From December 2001 to January 2005, Ms. Hollis served as the Principal Director for Stability Operations in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict. She managed a civilian and military staff charged with providing policy guidance on peace operations, humanitarian and disaster relief, landmine policy, and post-conflict reconstruction. Ms. Hollis served as Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the National Security Council from December 1999 to September 2001. A recognized authority on Latin American affairs and defense policy issues, Ms. Hollis served as the Principal Director of Inter-American Region from May to December 1999, the Director for South America from April 1998 to April 1999 in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy. From 1987 to 1998, Ms. Hollis worked in various offices focusing on Latin America and the Caribbean for the Defense Intelligence Agency and served as the Deputy Defense Intelligence Officer for Latin America.

Ms. Hollis holds a Master of Arts from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts from George Mason University.

Mr. Kumar Kibble
Deputy Director
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement
US Department of Homeland Security

Kumar C. Kibble is the deputy director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In that capacity, he is the chief operating officer for the principal investigative agency of the Department of Homeland Security, with more than 20,000 employees assigned to over 400 offices worldwide and an annual budget of almost $6 billion.

Prior to this assignment, Mr. Kibble served in several key leadership roles at ICE Headquarters. As the deputy assistant director for the National Security Investigations Division, he was responsible for the agency’s anti-terrorism and counter-proliferation programs. He was later promoted to deputy director and acting director of investigations, responsible for a $1.6 billion annual budget and more than 8,000 employees assigned to more than 200 Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) domestic offices throughout the United States.

Mr. Kibble’s field assignments included service as a group supervisor and assistant special agent in charge in the metropolitan Los Angeles, California area. He also served as the special agent in charge for HSI’s regional field office in Denver, responsible for 17 offices in Colorado, Montana, Utah and Wyoming. During each of these field assignments he led transnational criminal investigations targeting illicit travel, trade, finance and immigration.

Mr. Kibble began his government career in 1990 as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. His military service included an eight-month peacekeeping tour in Bosnia where he worked closely with Bosnian mayors and police chiefs, as well as multiple international organizations including the United Nations Office of the High Representative and the International Police Task Force.

Mr. Kibble holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.

Rear Admiral Paul F. Zukunft
Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety
Security and Stewardship
US Coast Guard

Rear Admiral Zukunft assumed his current position as Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship in May of 2010. He is responsible for developing and promulgating national marine safety, security and environmental protection doctrine, policy, and regulations, as well as ensuring policy alignment throughout the federal government and with international maritime partners. In addition, he leads and oversees the important work of numerous federal advisory committees and international partnerships related to marine safety, security, and environmental protection.

He recently served as the Federal-On-Scene-Coordinator for the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf where he directed federal, state, local agencies in response efforts. His previous Headquarters Flag assignments included the Director of Response Policy and the Assistant Commandant for Capability. Rear Admiral Zukunft has also served as the Commander, Eleventh Coast Guard District. His responsibilities as District Commander included command and control over all Coast Guard missions along the Pacific coast from California to Chile culminating in the removal of more than 120 tons of cocaine; 5800 lives saved; safety and security of three of our nation’s top five port complexes; and implementation of the Transportation Worker’s Identification Credential to more than 75,000 members of the maritime industry. Rear Admiral Zukunft’s first flag assignment was as the Director, Joint Interagency Task Force West. In that capacity, he served as U.S. Pacific Command’s executive agent for strategic planning and tactical execution of counter drug related activities throughout 41 countries and across more than 105 million square miles. He was promoted to Flag rank in 2006.

His senior staff assignments included Chief of Operations, Coast Guard Pacific Area and Chief of Operations Oversight, Coast Guard Atlantic Area where he directly supervised all major cutter operations in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. He also served as Chief of Staff, at the Fourteenth Coast Guard District in Honolulu.

Rear Admiral Zukunft has commanded six units and served extensively in the cutter fleet where he commanded the cutters CAPE UPRIGHT, HARRIET LANE, and RUSH. He also served as Chief of Port Operations, Marine Safety Office (now Sector) Corpus Christi where he supervised a $100M Superfund clean-up.

Rear Admiral Zukunft graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Government; from Webster University in 1988 with a Master of Arts degree in Management; and from the U.S. Naval War College in 1997 with a Master of Arts degree in Strategic Studies and International Affairs. He is a graduate of the Asia Pacific Center for Strategic Studies Executive Seminar and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government National Preparedness Leadership Initiative course.

Rear Admiral Zukunft is a native of North Branford, Connecticut. He wears the permanent Cutterman pin and his personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2), Meritorious Service medal with “O” device (5); Coast Guard Commendation Medal (2) and Coast Guard Achievement medal with “O” device (2).