Mutualink Advisory Board Members
Mutualink is guided by some of the most recognized national leaders and renown homeland security and emergency management experts in the world.
Our advisory board provides invaluable business advice and strategic insight which enables Mutualink to maintain a leadership role in the interoperable communications sector. Interoperability is more than just technology. It is a discipline that required an in-depth understanding of all phases of emergency preparedness, response and recovery in an all hazards, all disciplines scalable environment. Bringing the right solution with a full understanding of concept of operations to achieve force and response asset multiplication is critical to enhancing the Nation's state of active emergency preparedness and response capabilities.Barry McCaffrey
Barry McCaffrey served in the United States Army for 32 years and retired as a four-star General. At retirement he was the most highly decorated serving General, having been awarded three Purple Heart medals for wounds received in his four combat tours - as well as twice awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second highest award for valor. He also twice was awarded the Silver Star for valor.
For five years after leaving the military, Barry McCaffrey served as the nation's Cabinet Officer in charge of U.S. Drug Policy. He was confirmed for this position by unanimous vote by the U.S. Senate. For this period of public service, General McCaffrey received many honors including: the Department of Health and Human Service Lifetime Achievement Award for Extraordinary Achievements in the Field of Substance Abuse Prevention (2004), the United States Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award, the Norman E. Zinberg Award of the Harvard Medical School, the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation's National Service Award, and the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America Lifetime Achievement Award.
After leaving government service, Barry McCaffrey served for five years (2001-2005) as the Bradley Distinguished Professor of International Security Studies at West Point. He continues as an Adjunct Professor of International Affairs.
Barry McCaffrey graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass. in 1960; from West Point with a BS in 1964; earned an MA degree in American Government from American University; and attended the Harvard University National Security Program as well as the Business School Executive Education Program.
General Wesley K. Clark (ret.) is one of the nation's most distinguished retired military officers. During his thirty-three years of service in the United States Army, he held numerous staff and command positions and rose to the rank of 4-star general and NATO Supreme Allied Commander. A candidate for the presidency in 2003, General Clark is now chairman and CEO of Wesley K. Clark & Associates, a strategic advisory and consulting firm, serves on the boards of several private corporations and non-profit organizations and comments regularly on politics, diplomacy and public affairs.
From 1997 through May of 2000, General Clark was NATO Supreme Allied Commander and Commander in Chief of the United States European Command. In this position, General Clark commanded Operation Allied Force, NATO's first major combat action, which saved 1.5 million Albanians from ethnic cleansing in Kosovo.
From 1996 to 1997 General Clark served as Commander in Chief of the United States Southern Command, Panama, where he was responsible for the direction of U.S. military activities in Latin America and the Caribbean.
From 1994 to 1996, he served as Director for Strategic Plans and Policy for the Joint Chiefs of Staff with responsibilities for worldwide U.S. military strategic planning.
General Clark is a 1966 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point where he graduated first in his class. He holds a Master's Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
General Clark is a recipient of numerous U.S. and foreign military awards, including the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He has received honorary Knighthoods from the British and Dutch governments and was made a commander of the French Legion of Honor. In August 2000, General Clark was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.
General Clark is also an investment banker. He joined Stephens Inc. as a consultant in July of 2000 and was named Managing Director – Merchant Banking of Stephens Group, Inc. from March 2001 through February 2003.
An acclaimed public speaker and commentator, General Clark is the author of the best-selling Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Future of Combat (Public Affairs, New York, NY, 2001) and Winning Modern Wars: Iraq, Terrorism and the American Empire (Public Affairs, New York, NY, 2003).
The Honorable Tom Ridge
Following the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, Tom Ridge became the first Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and, on January 24, 2003, became the first Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The creation of the country’s 15th Cabinet Department marked the largest reorganization of government since the Truman administration and another call to service for the former soldier, congressman and governor of Pennsylvania.
Join us at the Police Institute at Rutgers School of Criminal Justice for a lecture by Gov. Ridge on March 5, 2013
During his DHS tenure, Secretary Ridge worked with more than 180,000-plus employees from a combined 22 agencies to create an agency that facilitated the flow of people and goods, instituted layered security at air, land and seaports, developed a unified national response and recovery plan, protected critical infrastructure, integrated new technology and improved information sharing worldwide. Tom Ridge served as Secretary of this historic and critical endeavor until February 1, 2005.
Before the events of September 11th, Tom Ridge was twice elected Governor of Pennsylvania. He served as the state’s 43rd governor from 1995 to 2001. Governor Ridge's aggressive technology strategy helped fuel the state's advances in economic development, education, health care and the environment.
Born August 26, 1945, in Pittsburgh's Steel Valley, Ridge was raised in a working-class family in veterans' public housing in Erie. He earned a scholarship to Harvard, graduating with honors in 1967.
After his first year at Penn State University’s Dickinson School of Law, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served as an infantry staff sergeant in Vietnam, earning the Bronze Star for Valor, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.
After returning to Pennsylvania and to Dickinson, he earned his law degree and, later, became one of the first Vietnam combat veterans elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served six terms.
Secretary Ridge is currently president and CEO of Ridge Global, an international security and risk management advisory firm, headquartered in Washington, DC.
An engaging and dynamic speaker, Secretary Ridge regularly addresses audiences on a range of issues, including international business, security and leadership. Additionally, he serves on the boards of the Institute for Defense Analyses, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, and other private and public entities. He is currently chairman of the National Organization on Disability and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s National Security Task Force, and along with Gen. Tommy Franks (Ret.), serves as national co-chairman of the Flight 93 National Memorial Fundraising Campaign.
Ronald E. Brooks
Ronald E. Brooks is a Captain with the San Mateo County California Sheriff’s Office assigned as Director of the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center (NCRIC). This program combines the activities and responsibilities of the Northern California High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) and Northern California Regional Terrorism Threat Assessment Center (RTTAC) to form an all crimes criminal intelligence fusion center.
The NCRIC, a DHS designated fusion center, is a multi-agency task force with more than 60 intelligence officers and analysts, critical infrastructure assessors, support staff, and private sector outreach officers from federal, state and local law enforcement, the fire service, emergency, consequence management agencies and corporate security. The NCRIC fusion center uses outreach to public safety and critical government and private resources, analytic thinking and powerful technology to support terrorism, gang, drug, organized crime and firearms cases and to develop and disseminate both classified and un-classified strategic threat assessments related to terrorism and crime.
Brooks served previously as an Assistant Chief with the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement (BNE). Brooks also served as the Senior Special Agent in Charge (SSAC), at BNE’s San Jose Regional Office. Ron Brooks is a thirty-seven year veteran law enforcement officer, with more than 30 years spent in narcotic enforcement and criminal intelligence assignments.
Brooks serves as the Chair of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council (CICC) and Global Intelligence Working Group (GIWG), designated Federal Advisory Commissions (FACA) established to advise the United States Attorney General on matters involving criminal intelligence and information sharing. The CICC has developed or consulted on most current criminal intelligence and information policies currently being used in the U.S. including the National Criminal Intelligence Sharing Plan, Fusion Center Guidelines, Fusion Center Baseline Capabilities and Critical Infrastructure and Key Resource Addendum to the Fusion Center Baseline Capabilities. As the Chair of the CICC he is also a member of the Global Justice Initiative Executive Steering Committee. Brooks also serves as the Chair of the State and Local Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Advisory Board for the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). He has been active in the International Association of Chief’s of Police (IACP) Intelligence Led Policing Summits and many other forums regarding information sharing and law enforcement intelligence. Brooks is the recipient of numerous law enforcement awards, including, the National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Medal (The highest Intelligence Community award for a non-IC member), the National Fusion Center Association’s State and major Fusion Center Representative of the Year Award – 2012, The Bureau of Justice assistance Leadership Award, California Narcotic Officers’ Associations “President’s Award”, the California Attorney General’s “Award for Excellence”, The California Military Department’s Medal of Merit, and the Redwood City Police Department’s Medal of Valor.
Frank E. Rodgers
Frank E. Rodgers retired as the Deputy Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police in 2007 at the rank of Lt. Colonel after twenty-five years of service. While serving in the second highest ranking position in the largest police department in the State of New Jersey, he led the Investigations Branch which consisted of in excess of 900 detectives, analysts and scientists assigned to 57 different units with an annual budget of in excess of seventy-five (75) million dollars. A strong advocate of police professionalism, strategic planning and accountability, he initiated and directed a complete restructuring of the organization’s investigative assets predicated on the principles of “Intelligence Led Policing”. During his tenure as the Deputy Superintendent of Investigations, he directed the development of the “Practical Guide to Intelligence Led Policing” which was published by the Center for Policing and Terrorism at the Manhattan Institute and was adopted in February 2009 by the U .S Department of Justice as a national model for conducting law enforcement operations.
Following his career with the State Police, he was appointed as the first Police Director of the newly formed New Jersey State Park Police in the Department of Environmental Protection. During his tenure in that position, he developed the force of 110 officers who are responsible for protecting the eighteen (18) million annual visitors to the state’s fifty-one (51) parks into a CALEA (Commission on the Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies) nationally recognized and New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Accredited agency.
In 2008, Lt. Colonel (Ret.), Rodgers formed his own private consulting company, The Rodgers Group, LLC. At present, the company is under contract to develop policy and training for in excess of one hundred twenty five New Jersey law enforcement agencies. In May 2009, he was selected to serve as the President of the Advisory Council of the New Jersey Public Safety Accreditation Coalition. He is a Certified Assessor for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and is recognized by the Superior Court of the State of New Jersey and the United States District Court as an expert in law enforcement procedures, policy, training and supervision. In 2011, he founded and now leads the Center for Public Safety & Security at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
Lt. Colonel Rodgers (Ret.) holds a Master of Arts Degree in Education from Seton Hall University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He is the co-author of a comprehensive published history of the New Jersey State Police and is also the recipient of the organization’s highest award, the 1990 Trooper of the Year for his criminal investigative work.