Advisory Board

Advisory Board

At Decision Sciences, we recognize the value in developing strategic relationships across industries and agencies to accelerate the development and deployment of critically-needed technology for safeguarding the security of ports, transportation hubs, population centers and global commerce.

The Company’s commitment to building relationships with leaders and experts with complementary capabilities enables us to meet market demand and will ultimately increase the security of the global community.   Decision Sciences benefits from its relationship with a diverse group of successful scientists, business leaders, former senior government officials and entrepreneurs. Each brings unique and valuable knowledge from government relations to strategic business advice, from expertise in the defense and homeland security sectors to finance and construction.  Our outstanding Advisory Board members are listed below.

Pasquale “Pat” D’Amuro – Advisory Board Chair

Pat D’Amuro is chair of the Advisory Board and also serves on the Board of Directors.

The Honorable Jayson P. Ahern – Advisor

The Honorable Jayson Ahern is a Principal with The Chertoff Group providing strategic consulting services on homeland and border security management and global commerce and supply chain matters.

In 2010, Ahern retired from 33 years of federal service to both the U.S. Customs Service and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). At the time of his retirement, he had served for nearly a year as CBP Acting Commissioner and was responsible for securing, managing and controlling U.S. borders.

Prior to that, Ahern served as CBP’s Deputy Commissioner, the highest career position in the agency. During his interim appointment as Acting Commissioner, Ahern continued to serve as Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the daily operations of CBP’s 58,000 employee workforce and managing an operating budget of over $11 billion. Ahern’s primary focus was keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country, while also carrying out CBP’s other border-related responsibilities.

For five years, from June 2002 until August 2007, Ahern served as the Assistant Commissioner for CBP’s Office of Field Operations, a position he also held with the former U.S. Customs Service. As Assistant Commissioner, Ahern managed all Field Operations in domestic and foreign locations, as well as critical national security and operational programs. In 2003, when the Department of Homeland Security was created, Ahern presided over the historic merger of personnel from three of CBP’s legacy agencies and ensured mission continuity during the largest government reorganization in the last 50 years.

Throughout his four decade tenure with CBP, Ahern progressed through every rank in the field and held numerous senior leadership positions, including Director of Field Operations in San Diego, where he was in charge of all customs activities at the Southern California ports of entry. He also served as the Area Port Director in Los Angeles and Miami, two of the nation’s largest and busiest operations. Ahern also served in senior counter-drug positions overseeing planning and interdiction operations in the U.S. as well as conducting training assignments in many foreign locations.

Ahern has received numerous awards and recognition for his service to the U.S. including Recognition as a Distinguished Executive for his service to the government, Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding service and contributions toward global maritime security and the Secretary of Homeland Security’s Gold Medal.

He received an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University, was a career member of the Senior Executive Service, and a Senior Executive Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Dr. Raphael “Raffi” Amit – Advisors

Dr. Raffi Amit is the Robert B. Goergen Professor of Entrepreneurship and a Professor of Management at the Wharton School. Dr. Amit is the Academic Director of the Goergen Entrepreneurial Management Programs which encompasses all of Wharton’s entrepreneurial programs. He  co-founded and leads the Wharton Global Family Alliance (WGFA), a unique academic-family business partnership established to enhance the marketplace advantage and the social wealth creation contributions of global families through thought leadership, knowledge transfer and the sharing of ideas and best practices among influential global families. Dr. Amit has published extensively his empirical and field research on a broad range of issues that relate to Families and their businesses and is frequently quoted in the press.

Prior to joining the Wharton Faculty, Dr. Amit has been the Peter Wall Distinguished Professor at the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration, University of British Columbia (UBC), where he was the founding director of the W. Maurice Young Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Research Center. Between 1983 and 1990, Dr. Amit served on the faculty of the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, where he received the J.L. Kellogg Research Professorship and the Richard M. Paget Research Chair in Business Policy.

Dr. Amit holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Economics, and received his Ph.D. in Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Dr. Amit serves on the editorial board of Wharton Publishing. He completed a three year term as an Associate Editor of Management Science; a seven year term on the Editorial Board of the European Management Journal; a nine year term on the Editorial Board of Organizational Science; a 12 year term on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Business Venturing; and a 15 year term on the editorial board of the Strategic Management Journal. His research and teaching interests center on performance implications of family owned, controlled, or managed firms, entrepreneurship in independent and corporate settings, business models and business strategy and on venture capital and private equity investments. Among the journals that have published his extensive academic research are the Academy of Management JournalCalifornia Management Review, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Business Venturing, the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, the Journal of Management, Management ScienceOperations Research, the Strategic Management Journal, the European Journal of Management, and a range of trade publications.

Dr. Amit has extensive industry and consulting experience. He consults to substantial families throughout the world on strategy, governance and wealth management issues. He has held a range of management and Board of Directors positions in entrepreneurial settings and participated in the formation and growth of numerous companies.

He served as Chair of the Board of Directors of Creo Products Inc., (NASDAQ symbol CREO until May 2005 when it was acquired by Kodak.), between January 1996 and February 2001, and served on the Audit and Compensation Committees. Creo is a global high technology firm, with unique imaging technology, that is the world’s leading supplier of computer to plate imaging equipment for the printing industry. Dr. Amit has been an active early stage Venture Capital investor and has also consulted to private and public sector organizations in North America and Europe on a broad range of strategic issues, and on entrepreneurial management and new venture formation issues. Professor Amit has helped form the Korean Global IT Fund, a $100 million VC fund with offices in Palo Alto and Seoul and has served as the first Chairman of the KGIF Advisory Board. He now serves on the Board of Directors of Alvarion Ltd. (NASDAQ: ALVR), a leading wireless communication equipment company. Dr. Amit is a member of the Compensation, Nominating and Governance Committee of Alvarion Ltd. He also serves on the Audit Committee, where he is the designated financial expert and provides advice to management on a range of strategic issues.

Dr. Amit has extensive experience in executive education having taught a range of courses in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Dr. Stephen Flynn – Advisor

Dr. Stephen Flynn is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on container and port security. In 1991, he began investigating the exploitation of containerized cargo for smuggling contraband while serving as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast Guard and a scholar at the Brookings Institution.

Dr. Flynn has presented congressional testimony before the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives on container, port, and maritime security on 14 occasions. From 2003-2004 he served as the Principal Advisor, for the Bi-partisan Congressional Port Security Caucus, U.S. House of Representatives & U.S. Senate. He provided expert advice and comments and recommendations in support of the drafting of the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002, the Safe Port Act of 2006, and the 9/11 Recommendations Act of 2007. Dr. Flynn also developed and secured the original funding and legislative support for the post-9/11 Operation Safe Commerce initiative. From 2003-2010 he served as a member of the National Research Council’s Marine Board.

Dr. Flynn has traveled extensively abroad where he has investigated port and container security and provided expert advice to government and industry leaders in the ports of Hong Kong, Singapore, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Bremerhaven, Felixstowe, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Panama, Vancouver, Montreal and Halifax. He has visited all the major ports in the United States and has been sought out for his expert advice by the Port of Los Angeles, Port Authority of New York/New Jersey, Port of Seattle, Port of Tacoma, Port of Long Beach, Port of Miami, and Port of Baltimore.

Dr. Flynn served as the principal investigator and co-author of the first comprehensive analytical and technical assessment on “Measuring the Operational Impact of Container Inspections at International Ports” with London Business School Professor Nitin Bakshi and Professor Noah Gans, the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

In addition to specializing in container/supply chain, port, and maritime security, Dr. Flynn is recognized as one the nation’s top authorities on homeland security. In the fall of 2008 he served as the lead homeland security policy adviser for the Presidential Transition Team for President Barack Obama and currently serves as part of a blue-ribbon panel on homeland security co-chaired by former 9/11 co-chairs, Governor Tom Kean and Congressman Lee Hamilton. Prior to September 11, 2001, he served as an expert advisor on homeland security to U.S. Commission on National Security (Hart-Rudman Commission), and following the 9/11 attacks he was the executive director of a blue-ribbon Council on Foreign Relations homeland security task force co-led by former Senators Gary Hart and Warren Rudman. He has written numerous articles and two of the most widely-cited books on homeland security The Edge of Disaster: Rebuilding a Resilient Nation (Random House, 2000) and America the Vulnerable (HarperCollins 2004)] and frequently advised the Bush Administration on maritime and homeland security issues. Within the Obama Administration he served as a lead-advisor to the Congressionally-mandated Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) working group on transportation security, critical infrastructure protection, weapons of mass destruction and cyber security. The strategic guidance prepared by this group for the federal government on these issues was released in January 2010.

A 1982 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Dr. Flynn served in the Coast Guard on active duty for 20 years, including two tours as commanding officer at sea, received several professional awards including the Legion of Merit and retired at the rank of Commander. As a Coast Guard officer, he served in the White House Military Office during the George H.W. Bush administration and as a director for Global Issues on the National Security Council staff during the Clinton administration.

Gary D. Gilbert – Advisor

Gary D. Gilbert served as Senior Vice President of Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) until his retirement in June, 2014. Gilbert joined HPH in 2002 with responsibility for North American activities. He also served as chairman for the HPH Security and Safety Committees. HPH isthe world’s leading container port owner, operator and developer, managing 53 terminals/ports globally in 27 countries. HPH global throughput in 2012 was over 78 million containers.

Prior to working with Hutchison Port Holdings, Gilbert was President & CEO of FedEx Logistics (1999-2001) which provided integrated product flow management and supply chain solutions for the aerospace, automotive, healthcare, technology and retail sectors.

The majority of Gilbert’s career was serving in various operating capacities with the leading U.S. ocean carrier, Sea-Land Service (1976-1999). His roles included President of Sea-Land Logistics, VP/GM Latin America, VP/GM Asia, Chairman of Asia Terminals Ltd and Director of North American Operations.

Gilbert received a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and a Master of Science (M.S.) in transportation from the University of New York. He also served in the U.S. Navy as Lt. USNR.

Joseph L. Patanella – Advisor

Joseph Patanella is an innovative and driven leader focused on achieving exceptional results in new and emerging markets.  As CEO of Trusted Knight Corporation, a leading provider of security solutions focused on defeating newly developed crimeware trojans responsible for the vast majority of financial fraud being perpetrated online, the company has brought two commercial products to market and sold a three-year enterprise license to a top 10 U.S. bank within 6 months.

He founded and serves on the Board of Directors of TrustWave Corporation, a leader in information security worldwide, where he established TrustWave as the dominant market leader in worldwide information security in the electronic payments industry (~75% market share).  Leveraging expertise and relationships developed during his 18 year career with the National Security Agency, Patanella opened new and lucrative sales channels with government agencies and top tier banks.

Patanella served as the National Security Agency’s representative to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Technical Advisory Group, which included world-renowned former government and industry leaders.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Maryland and attended John Hopkins University for post-graduate study.

Patanella is a recognized industry expert on information security and compliance and has been involved in several successful entrepreneurial projects and start-up companies throughout the years in a wide variety of areas.

Lee R. Raymond – Advisor

Lee Raymond was Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of ExxonMobil from 1999 until his retirement in December 2005.  Prior to his tenure at ExxonMobil, Raymond was Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Exxon Corporation from 1993 until its merger with Mobil Oil Corporation in 1999, having begun his career in 1963 with Exxon. Raymond graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1960 and received a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1963. He is a director of the Business Council for International Understanding, a director of JP Morgan Chase & Co., a Trustee of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, a Trustee of the Mayo Clinic, a member of the Innovations in Medicine Leadership Council of UT Southwestern Medical Center, a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a member and past Chairman of the National Petroleum Council. Raymond also serves on an advisory panel to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

Luke Ritter – Advisor

Luke Ritter leads the Global Trade Security practice at Ridge Global, which provides strategic management consulting services to clients focused on critical infrastructure protection.

His expertise is in the areas of global trade and transportation operations, security and resiliency, and business process improvement. He is the co-author of: Securing Global Transportation Networks, which has received widespread critical acclaim from industry publications such as Logistics TodayThe Maritime ExecutiveTraffic World and Supply Chain Management Review, and was selected as the American Society for Industrial Security, ‘Book of the Month’, in December of 2006.

Prior to joining Ridge Global, Ritter was the founder and CEO of Trident Global Partners, a management consulting firm specializing in transportation security. Ritter has spoken at more than 25 industry and trade events in the last five years, including keynote addresses at The American Association of Port Authorities Annual Security Conference, and the Logistics Management Magazine Global Supply Chain Conference. He has been published and quoted in Journal of CommerceSecurity Management, Directors Monthly, Traffic World and Cargo Security International.

Ritter pioneered the concept of Total Security Management (TSM), an enterprise risk management methodology that connects the fundamental principles of quality management with security management. TSM has been described as: “the place for corporations to draw the line in the sand where security and resilience is concerned.”

Ritter is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and holds an M.B.A from Old Dominion University, with a concentration in maritime and logistics management. He is board certified by the American Society of Transportation and Logistics (AST&L) and completed his tenure as the Vice Chairman of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) Transportation Security Council. He serves on the Advisory Boards of iJET, Inc., and Decision Sciences and is a contributing scholar at the Heritage Foundation.

Dr. William Schneider, Jr. – Advisor

Dr William Schneider, Jr. is President of International Planning Services, Inc., a Washington-based international trade and finance advisory firm and an Adjunct Fellow of the Hudson Institute. He was formerly Under Secretary of State for Security Assistance, Science and Technology (1982-1986). He served as Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget (1981-2) prior to being nominated as Under Secretary by the President. In addition, Dr. Schneider serves as an advisor to the U.S. government in several capacities. He currently serves as Member of the Department of State’s Defense Trade Advisory Group and was Chairman from 1992-2010. He previously served as Chairman of the President’s General Advisory Committee on Arms Control and Disarmament from 1987 to 1993, and the Defense Science Board from 2001-2009. He currently serves as a Senior Fellow of the DSB.

He is an economist and defense analyst and was formerly a Staff Associate of the Subcommittees on Defense and Foreign Operations of the Committee on Appropriations in the U.S. House of Representatives and a consultant to the Hudson Institute (New York). Prior to joining the House of Representatives staff in 1977, Dr. Schneider was a U.S. Senate staff member (1971-77) and a professional staff member of the Hudson Institute (1967-71).

Dr. Schneider received his Ph.D. degree from New York University in 1968. He is a member of the American Economic Association, the Econometric Society, the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Dr. Michael Sulmeyer – Advisor

Dr. Michael Sulmeyer is the Belfer Center’s Cyber Security Project Director at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is also a Contributing Editor for Lawfare. Before Harvard, he served as the Director for Plans and Operations for Cyber Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. There, he worked closely with the Joint Staff and Cyber Command on a variety of efforts to counter malicious cyber activity against U.S. and DoD interests. For this work, he received the Secretary Medal for Exceptional Public Service.

Previously, he worked on arms control and the maintenance of strategic stability between the United States, Russia, and China. As a Marshall Scholar, Sulmeyer received his doctorate in Politics from Oxford University, and his dissertation, “Money for Nothing: Understanding the Termination of U.S. Major Defense Acquisition Programs,” won the Sir Walter Bagehot Prize for best dissertation in government and public administration. He received his B.A. and J.D. from Stanford University and his M.A. in War Studies from King’s College London. In the mid-1990s, he was the System Operator (SysOp) of The Summit BBS in Santa Barbara, California.

Frances F. Townsend – Advisor

Frances Townsend is the Senior Vice President of Worldwide Government, Legal and Business Affairs at MacAndrews and Forbes Holdings, Inc.  Townsend was a corporate partner at the law firm of Baker Botts, LLP.  Previously, she served as Assistant to President George W. Bush for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and chaired the Homeland Security Council from May 2004 until January 2008. She previously served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism from May 2003 to May 2004.  Townsend is an on air contributor for CNN as a counterterrorism, national and homeland security expert.  Prior to serving the President, she was the first Assistant Commandant for Intelligence for the U. S. Coast Guard. Before that, Townsend spent 13 years at the U.S. Department of Justice under the administrations of President George H. W. Bush, President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush. Townsend is a Director and chairs the compensation committees of two private company Boards and serves as Director of a public company.  She serves on numerous government advisory and nonprofit boards. Townsend chairs the Board of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission.

David B. Waller – Advisor

David B. Waller served as Deputy Director General and head of management of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from 1993 through 2011. The IAEA – with its 162 member countries – has a staff of more than 2,300 in Vienna as well as inspectors and experts working around the world. It is charged with verifying nations’ nuclear non-proliferation commitments (including the special cases involving Iraq, Iran, Libya and North Korea), advancing the fight against nuclear terrorism, enhancing the safety of nuclear power reactors worldwide, and promoting peaceful uses of nuclear technology.

Previously, Waller served at the White House as a legal counsel to U.S. President Ronald Reagan (1981 – 86), and in 1986 was nominated by the President, and confirmed by the Senate, as Assistant Secretary of Energy for International Affairs, a position he held until 1989. In that role, he served as the Secretary of Energy’s chief advisor and spokesperson on international energy policy and emergency preparedness programs. He represented the United States at various multinational agencies and was responsible for the formulation and implementation of bilateral energy relations and programs with foreign governments.

Waller began his professional career in the Attorney General’s Honor Program at the U.S. Department of Justice, and thereafter was in private law practice at Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovell).

Waller was the representative of the IAEA’s management at the ceremony in Oslo awarding it the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize. In 2003 he received, on behalf of the Agency, the Albert Schweitzer Gold Medal for Science and Peace. And, in 2011 the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) awarded him its Gold Medal in recognition of his contribution to the reduction of the threat of nuclear weapons. Earlier, while at the Department of Energy, he received The Secretary’s Award — the highest honor given by the Secretary of Energy — for outstanding leadership, and the Superior Achievement Award, in special recognition of his achievements in the international arena.

Waller graduated, cum laude, from Denison University. Thereafter, following duty in the U.S. Army Reserves, he graduated first in his class from the University of Tulsa, College of Law. He delivered the commencement address at Denison in 2005 at which time he was awarded a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

Eric Womble – Advisor

Eric Womble is CEO of Womble Enterprises, Inc., a consulting company he started in 2012, following his retirement as Corporate Vice President for Program Integration and Assessment from Huntington Ingalls Industries.  Womble Enterprises will help defense and startup companies navigate the Washington, D.C. business environment. Womble’s career spans the public, private and military arenas.

Prior to HII, which builds 70 percent of the ships for the U.S. Navy and cutters for the U.S. Coast Guard, Womble led the Advanced Capabilities Group and reinvigorated the front end of the Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding’s strategic, technology and business development enterprise. As Sector Vice President he led the research and development, strategic planning, advanced concepts and new business development efforts for the Shipbuilding sector which has $6 billion in annual sales. Womble joined Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC) in late 2002 as Corporate Vice President, Programs in Washington, D.C. He was responsible for business and strategic development with the Executive Branch of the U.S. government and international customers.

Womble joined NGC with over twenty‑three years of experience serving in the Executive and Legislative Branches of the United States federal government. He became the Military Legislative Assistant for Senator Trent Lott, Mississippi, in December 1995, and concurrently assumed the duties of National Security Advisor for the Senate Majority Leader in April 1997. In these positions, he was instrumental in setting and passing legislation and appropriations that positively impacted the Department of Defense, its service members and their families. He also was responsible for coordinating all military, legislative and budget activities with the Pentagon, other Congressional offices, industry, academic institutions, the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Defense and Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittees.

Womble was designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1980 and was assigned to a number of assignments in Washington, DC and around the world.  Womble served as Executive Assistant to the Chief of Naval Research from April 1992 to December 1995. In this position, he was the principal assistant to the director of the Navy’s science and technology executive agency, encompassing a headquarters staff of 450 personnel and the Naval Research Laboratory with 4,500 employees, which included over 900 PhDs and 71 senior executive service managers, with an annual budget exceeding $1.4 billion. After this assignment, he was selected to participate in the Department of Defense’s Congressional Fellows program.

Womble received his undergraduate degree from the United States Naval Academy and a Masters in Business Administration from Marymount College of Virginia.