October 7th, 2021 9:00am EST ON24
As artificial intelligence (AI) technology improves, the federal government must utilize AI for homeland security to counter foreign adversary and domestic threats. AI is now a crucial part of homeland security goals, priorities and general strategy. Private industry and government players must remain on the cutting edge of AI technology and digitally transform their information technology systems and operations.
During GovConWire’s AI: Innovation In Homeland Security Forum, illustrious federal and industry leaders will discuss the role of AI in homeland security as well as AI workforce integration and risk mitigation.
John Cohen, acting undersecretary and chief intelligence officer of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis, will serve as keynote speaker. Cohen will discuss the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) AI goals, priorities and strategy, intelligence and analysis mission priorities and how industry can help.
Join GovConWire Events on October 7th to learn about the opportunities and future of AI technology in homeland security systems.
John D. Cohen currently serves as the DHS Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Previously Mr. Cohen has served as a Senior Expert on Global Threats for the Argonne National Laboratory; an on-air expert for ABC News on homeland security, terrorism, counterintelligence, and law enforcement issues; and an Adjunct Professor in the Georgetown University Security Studies Program and Center for Security Studies. Mr. Cohen has more than three decades of experience in law enforcement, counterintelligence, and homeland security. Mr. Cohen has studied mass casualty attacks and is currently studying the impact of Internet-based communications technologies on crime and homeland/national security. During the Obama Administration, Mr. Cohen served as the DHS Acting Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) and Counterterrorism Coordinator. During his time at DHS, Mr. Cohen was a direct adviser to the Secretary and oversaw the development and implementation of several high visibility Department-wide crime prevention, counterterrorism, counterintelligence and border and transportation security initiatives. Mr. Cohen also led the Department’s efforts to establish multi-disciplinary programs focused on countering violent extremism, preventing and responding to mass casualty/active shooter attacks, improving information sharing, and expanding DHS’ interactions and collaboration with state and local law enforcement organizations, private sector companies and faith-based organizations. Previously Mr. Cohen served as the Senior Advisor to the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, where he authored and coordinated the implementation of key components of the 2007 White House National Strategy for Information Sharing. Mr. Cohen has an extensive background in homeland security and law enforcement operations and policy development. He was Senior Homeland Security Policy Advisor to several state and local officials including then-Governor Mitt Romney of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Janet Napolitano, Governor of the State of Arizona. In 2004, he was selected by the National Journal as one of the “100 Key People in Homeland Security.” He was also named “Law Enforcement Person of the Year,” by Law Enforcement News for his work in developing and establishing a national non-emergency number, 3-1-1. He has worked within the private sector and has held a variety of government positions including Special Agent, Office of Naval Intelligence; Police Detective and Patrol Officer, City of Gardena, California; Senior Investigator, House Judiciary Committee, U.S. House of Representatives; and Senior Policy Advisor to the Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Executive Office of the President of the United States. He is the recipient of a number of awards and commendations including the Drug Enforcement Administration “Administrator’s Award,” The South Bay “Medal of Valor,” and DHS’ “Distinguished Service Medal.”
Melissa Smislova currently serves as the Deputy Under Secretary for Intelligence Enterprise Readiness (DUSIER). She has been an intelligence professional within the Intelligence Community since 1985 and with DHS since 2004. From January to July 2021, Ms. Smislova served as the Acting Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis and DHS Chief Intelligence Officer. At I&A, she has held the positions of Director of Human Capital Division, Associate Deputy Under Secretary for Enterprise Mission Support, Associate Deputy Under Secretary for Analysis, and Senior Advisor for the Homeland for the Director of National Intelligence. She was Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Analysis during DHS’s first presidential transition from January to October 2009. She helped create DHS’s Homeland Infrastructure Threat and Risk Analysis Center (HITRAC) and was the Director of HITRAC from 2007 until 2009. She is the Executive Champion for I&A’s affinity group PRISM (Pride, Resources, Inclusivity, Support, Mentorship). Prior to her assignment at DHS, Ms. Smislova worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency. For twelve of her nineteen years at DIA, she studied North Korea’s military. She received the DHS Award for Excellence in 2008. She received two National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citations and the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement for her work on North Korea. As a member of a small team, she received the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB) 1998 Killian Award for work on North Korea. Ms. Smislova was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in February 2007. She resides in Silver Spring, Maryland with her husband and has two adult daughters.