Federal Advisory Board

DSA has been established in the Defense and Intelligence markets for many years. The creation of the DSA Federal Advisory Board (FAB), with its members’ vast experience and insights in those arenas, has stimulated still greater success for the company. The FAB assists DSA in reviewing its strategic business plan and provides guidance on how DSA can better deliver technology solutions to the Federal government market. 

Edward A. Rice Jr., General (Ret.)

Edward A. Rice Jr.

Gen. Edward A. Rice Jr. served as Commander, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. He was responsible for the recruiting, training and education of Air Force personnel. His command included the Air Force Recruiting Service, a numbered air force and Air University. AETC trains more than 293,000 students per year and consists of 12 bases, more than 67,900 active-duty, Reserve, Guard, civilians and contractors, and 1,369 trainer, fighter and mobility aircraft.

General Rice earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy, and is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College. He is a Distinguished graduate of the Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, and a Distinguished graduate, with a master's degree in national security and strategic studies from the College of Naval Command and Staff, Naval War College in Newport, R.I. Gen. Rice holds a Master's degree in aeronautical science and technology from Embry-Riddle University. He is a 1994 Harvard University National Security Fellow.

He has commanded a squadron, group, wing, the Air Force Recruiting Service, two numbered air forces and a joint command. His numerous staff positions include serving as a White House Fellow at the Department of Health and Human Services, as a professional staff member for the Commission on Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces, and as the Deputy Executive Secretary for the National Security Council. He has also served as Chief of Staff of the Office of the Representative and Executive Director for the Coalition Provisional Authority, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C.

General Rice has significant experience in combat and contingency operations, to include commanding bomber operations during the first four months of Operation Enduring Freedom as Commander, 28th Air Expeditionary Wing. Additionally, during Operation Unified Assistance, General Rice served as the Deputy Commander for the joint task force, Combined Support Force-536, assigned to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to victims of the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia. The general is a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours in the B-1B, B-52G/H, E-3, B-2, KC-135, C-130H, T-37 and T-38.

David Borland, Former Deputy to the Army's Chief Information Officer (CIO/G6)

David Borland

David Borland served in the U.S. Air Force from 1966 through 1970. He entered government civilian service in 1972. Having served as an intern in the Army Material Command, Mr. Borland has extensive experience in Information Systems Technology and Contracting. His experience includes assignments as a Contracting Specialist, Contracting Officer, Branch Chief, and Division Chief from 1976 through 1984 at CSSAA.

Mr. Borland served as the Deputy Director of Information Systems Selection and Acquisition Agency (ISSAA) from 1984 through 1989. In this capacity, he served as the Principal Assistant, reporting to the Head of Contracting Activity, where he approved all agency acquisition plans, and served as the Source Selection Authority.

Mr. Borland was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in February 1989 and served as the Director of Information Systems Selection and Acquisition Agency until 1994. He was responsible for coordinating all Army information acquisition program activities.

Mr. Borland was the Vice Director of Information Systems for Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (DISC4) from 1994 until his appointment as the Deputy Chief Information Officer/G-6 in 1996. He retired from active government service in January 2004.

Mr. Borland was awarded the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award for Senior Executive Service Members in 1996 and the Distinguished Presidential Rank Award in 2000. He also has been awarded the Army’s Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service and the Superior Civilian Service Award. Mr. Borland was selected as a member of Federal Computer Week’s First Federal 100 in 1989, and honored again by selection in 1991, 1994 and 1999. He was honored by Government Computer News in November 2000 by being selected as the Department of Defense Executive of the Year.

Mr. Borland received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Central Missouri State University. He also holds a Master’s of Science in Finance from George Washington University.  

Kevin Carroll, Former US Army Program Executive Officer, Enterprise Information Systems (PEO-EIS)

Kevin Carroll

Kevin Carroll is President of The Kevin Carroll Group, LLC, a consulting company. In his previous role as Program Executive Officer (PEO), Enterprise Information Systems, Mr. Carroll was responsible for the program management of the Department of Defense and U.S. Army business and combat service support systems, as well as related Army communication and computer infrastructure. These systems support logistics, medical, finance, personnel, training, and procurement operations. The PEO EIS organization consists of approximately 600 employees, the majority of which are located throughout the East Coast region. Prior to becoming a PEO EIS, he served as PEO STAMIS, and before that was the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Research Development and Acquisition, U.S. Army Materiel Command. Mr. Carroll served as the Acting Director of the Communications and Electronics Command (CECOM) Acquisition Center in Fort Monmouth, NJ. In addition, he functioned as the Associate Director of the CECOM Acquisition Center — Washington. Mr. Carroll entered the Senior Executive Service in June 1996 as Director of the U.S. Army Information Systems Selection and Acquisition Agency (ISSAA).

Mr. Carroll has served primarily as an acquisition manager and as a contracting officer on top-priority DoD and Army information technology acquisitions. Prior to working for the Army, he acquired information systems for the U.S. Coast Guard. He began his career in contracting at the Department of Transportation.

Mr. Carroll earned both his Bachelor of Science and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute and a member of NCMA Board of Advisors. He is active in both cross-governmental bodies as well as information technology industry efforts.

Mr. Carroll has 30 years of government experience, 24 years of which consist of working in the information systems arena. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served from 1972 to 1974.

Nick Justice, Former US Army Program Executive Officer, Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO-C3T)

Nick Justice

Major General Nick Justice retired from the U.S. Army after more than 42 years of service as an American soldier. He began his Army career as an enlisted soldier drafted from his native state of North Carolina. As an enlisted soldier, he held numerous military occupation specialties including electronics warfare operator, telemetry analyst, telecommunications operator, and infantry platoon sergeant. He was later commissioned on graduation from Officer Candidate School in 1977. 

He earned a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Maryland, a master's degree in Management from Pepperdine University and a master's degree in International Relations from Salve Regina College. His military education includes a master’s degree from the U.S. Naval War College and a Master of Science from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He is also a graduate of the Defense Acquisition University’s Senior Acquisition Course of the Armed Forces.

His recent assignments include Commanding General, Research, and Development Command and Aberdeen Proving Ground, where he led the transformation of the installation during Base Realignment. In 2010, the Association of Defense Communities named MG Justice Military Leader of the Year. 

General Justice also served as the Program Executive Officer for Command, Control, and Communications-Tactical. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, he served as Commander of the Information Management Task Force in Kuwait and Iraq.

General Justice has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being named the 2002 Army Acquisition Award for Excellence as PM of the Year Award. In 2004 and 2008, he was awarded Federal Computer Weekly's Federal 100 Award, as well as its Monticello Award in 2004. In 2008, he received the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Award of Excellence in Information Technology. In 2009, General Justice was inducted into the Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame at Fort Benning, GA. 

Robert F. Lentz, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber, Identity and Information Assurance (CI&IA)

Robert F. Lentz

Robert F. Lentz is the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber, Identity, and Information Assurance (CI&IA) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Networks, and Information Integration/Chief Information Officer. He has also served as the Chief Information Assurance Officer (CIAO) for the Department of Defense (DoD) and, in this capacity, transformed the DOD’s IA Cyber Program, including operationalizing the world’s most robust Identity Management System, and was a member of the DoD CIO Executive Council.

Mr. Lentz has more than 26 years of experience with the National Security Agency (NSA) in the areas of financial management and technical program management. He has served as Chief of the Space and Networks IA Office, Chief Financial Officer of the NSA IA Directorate, Executive Assistant to the NSA SIGINT Collections and Operations Group, and Field Chief of the Finksburg National Public Key Infrastructure OPS Center. 

Mr. Lentz has received the NSA Resource Manager of the Year Award, the Defense Meritorious Service Award, 2006 “Top 20” Excellence.gov Award, the 2003 Presidential Rank Award, and the 2004 “Federal 100” award. In 2004, Mr. Lentz also received the highest-level honorary award the Department can bestow on a civilian employee, the prestigious Secretary of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award. In 2008, he was named Information Security government Executive of the year for the Middle Atlantic region, culminating in his award as the North American Executive of the year. In 2009, he was the recipient of the RSA award for Excellence in the Field of Security Practices.

Mr. Lentz is a graduate of the National Senior Cryptologic Course, Federal Executive Institute, Harvard Business School in Strategy Planning, and the Resource Management Course at the Naval Postgraduate School. He earned a bachelor’s degree with a double major in History and Social Science from Saint Mary's College of Maryland and a master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College. 

Michael J. Mestrovich, President & CEO, Unlimited New Dimensions, and President and Chairman of the Board of the Federation for Identity and Cross Credentialing Systems (FiXs)

Michael J. Mestrovich

Michael J. Mestrovich, Ph.D., is President and CEO of Unlimited New Dimensions, LLC (www.undllc.com), and President and Chairman of the Board of the Federation for Identity and Cross Credentialing Systems (FiXs) (www.fixs.org).

His company provides consulting services to commercial and government entities that are developing their enterprise and operational strategies for the ever-changing environments of the 21st century. These services are focused on the areas of secure information sharing, Web-based applications and e-Business processes, enterprise level services, interface and enterprise architectures, information assurance, cyber security, critical infrastructure protection, network-centric solutions, identity management and credentialing, homeland security, and executive education in areas of information management and change management. These services have been provided to a variety of organizations, both public and private.  

Dr. Mestrovich is also President of the Federation for Identity and Cross-Credentialing Systems (FiXs). The organization is a coalition of commercial companies, government contractors, and not-for-profit organizations whose mission is to establish and maintain a worldwide, interoperable identity and cross-credentialing network built on security, privacy, trust, standard operating rules, policies, and technical standards. The FiXs network verifies and authenticates the identity of personnel seeking to enter U.S. military and government-controlled areas, as well as commercial sites, and logical applications requiring cyber security. 

Prior to his current positions, he served for nearly 30 years in the Department of Defense (DoD), as member of the Senior Executive Service, in executive information management and information technology positions.

As the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Management Systems, Office of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, he was responsible for the acquisition of health information programs/systems throughout the DoD, including such programs as the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS), the Defense Medical Systems Support Center (DMSSC) programs, and the Composite Health Care System (CHCS).

As the Information Management Executive for the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology, he was responsible for advising the Under Secretary on matters of strategic acquisition direction for electronic commerce initiatives and the Information Management program within the DoD and its interfaces with industry. As the Deputy Director for Enterprise Integration in the Defense Information Systems Agency, he was responsible for the strategic direction, planning, and implementation of the Enterprise Integration acquisition initiatives for DoD information systems. These acquisition systems included those in the areas of personnel, finance, logistics, medical, and command and control. As Director, Center for Integration and Interoperability, Corporate Information Management (CIM), Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Command, Control, and Communications, he was responsible for implementing systems migration and modernization initiatives throughout DoD to include “best commercial practices” concepts, and the Government Wide Defense Enterprise Integration Services (DEIS) acquisitions.

He is active in many industry forums, such as AFCEA, the Digital Government Institute, and the Federation for Identity and Cross Credentialing Systems (FiXs). He is Chairman Emeritus of the AFCEA Technical Committee. 

His undergraduate degree is from the University of Notre Dame, his master’s degree from Duquesne University, and his Doctorate of Philosophy in Economics from the University of Notre Dame.  

William Shernit, Former President and Chief Executive of Intelsat General Corporation

William Shernit

William Shernit served as President and Chief Executive of Intelsat General Corporation, the largest provider of commercial satellite communications to the Department of Defense and the military services, contractors, international military partners, and intelligence agencies that are key to U.S national security.

Prior to joining Intelsat General, Mr. Shernit served as President of BAE Systems Information Technology. During his 17-year tenure, he and his team delivered continuous year-over-year, profitable growth that on average exceeded 30 percent per year derived from organic initiatives and the completion of three acquisitions. Over the same period, the number of BAE-IT employees grew from fewer than 200 to more than 4,500. 

Earlier in his career, Mr. Shernit spent 13 years with the Central Intelligence Agency, serving in the Office of Development and Engineering, the Office of Research and Development, heading the Office of SIGINT Operations’ Technical Collection Group, and serving as the Executive Officer of the Directorate of Science and Technology. He left the CIA to join Perkin-Elmer Corporation’s Government Systems Sector as Vice President for business development. In this capacity, he was responsible for defining top-level, new business strategies, plans, and acquisitions. Mr. Shernit served on Perkin-Elmer’s Government Systems Policy Formulation Board and was a member of the Board of Directors of Perkin-Elmer’s subsidiary, MRJ.

Mr. Shernit began his career with TRW’s Electronic Warfare Laboratory. Responsibilities extended from detailed electronic circuit and subsystem design to system simulation and intelligence analysis. 

Mr. Shernit holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering from Cornell University, where he was a Sloan scholar and member of the Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu honor societies. He has completed executive seminars at the Wharton School of Business and Duke University’s executive program. He currently is a member of the board of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance and has served on the board of ITAA’s Enterprise Solutions Division.

Former Members

John Gilligan, Founder, The Gilligan Group, Inc.

Mr. John Gilligan, founder of the Gilligan Group, Inc., is President and Chief Operating Officer at Schafer Corporation. He previously was Senior Vice President and Director, Defense Sector, at SRA International, Inc. Mr. Gilligan has served as a Chief Information Officer for the United States Air Force and the U.S. Department of Energy. He was Program Executive Officer for Battle Management and Command and Control for the Air Force. He is a member of the Cyber Security Commission (formed to advise the 44th President) and the Army Science Board. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Center for Internet Security, Hunter Defense Technologies, Inc. and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association.

Mr. Gilligan has been a recipient of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, Distinguished Executive President Rank Award, Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award, and Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders. He earned an M.B.A. from Virginia Tech University and an M.S.E. in Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.

Edward A. Hart, Founder and President, Hart Enterprises, LLC, and former Deputy Director of the National Security Agency (NSA)

Edward A. Hart is founder and President of Hart Enterprises, LLC, a highly successful consulting practice serving primarily high technology startups, with additional clients in government and in Fortune’s top 100, and has included SAIC and VeriSign.  He provides both management and technical services, assists clients analyze and refine organizational structures and policies, and assists in developing market penetration strategies.

Throughout his 32-year career with the National Security Agency (NSA), Mr. Hart served in a wide variety of increasingly complex and responsible positions, beginning in research and development and culminating as Deputy Director heading one of two NSA mission operations.  He developed timely and economical solutions for assured security for all classified information systems of the United States government from the President through Diplomatic Missions and Embassies, the National Command Authority, military services, down to the soldier in the field; also, NATO and coalition force structures, and all intelligence community systems. This included routine secure communications support to special operations, and weapons testing.

Mr. Hart was subsequently the managing director of the Center for Information Protection and senior vice president at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) from 1995 until 1997, where he grew a small operation of ten people with $1 million in revenue into a 100+ person staff with revenue in excess of $20 million.  This business unit was later sold for over $50 million.

Prior to joining DSA’s Federal Advisory Board, Mr. Hart served on and/or chaired Advisory Boards for several small companies, including Phoenix Technologies, RSA Security, Digital Signals Corporation, GHG Corporation, SafeOperations, SPYRUS, DPC Technology, Sigaba, and Trusted Computer Solutions.

Mr. Hart is the recipient of many high level awards and recognitions.  He was conferred the Presidential Meritorious Senior Executive, the second highest senior executive recognition in US Government, on behalf of the President of the United States. He also received the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the highest recognition within the US Intelligence Community, conferred by the Director of Central Intelligence.  In addition, Mr. Hart was presented the Exceptional Civilian Service Award by the Director of the National Security Agency, the highest recognition of that agency.

Mr. Hart received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Physics from Furman University, a Master of Arts in Computer Systems and Management Information Systems from the American University, and studied post-graduate mathematics at both American University and the University of Maryland.

Thomas L. Hewitt, Founder, Federal Sources, Inc.

Tom L. Hewitt is the founder and CEO of Global Governments, Inc. Global Governments' primary offering is information security. The company also focuses on strategic planning and marketing in the international government information technology (IT) marketplace.

In December 1984, Mr. Hewitt founded Federal Sources, Inc. (FSI) as a market research and consulting firm specializing in IT within federal and state government. The firm provides clients with market research, trend analysis, tracking of major government programs, opportunity identification, and training to assist clients with market expansion. In 1998, Mr. Hewitt sold FSI to Primedia Information, Inc.

Prior to FSI, Mr. Hewitt was Senior Vice President of Kentron, which was acquired by PRC. Before that, he held senior level positions at CSC, including President of the INFONET Government Systems Division and Vice President of Program Development of the Systems Group. Prior to that, Mr. Hewitt was with Boeing Computer Services for six years, where he started and subsequently managed its Federal government marketing operations.

Mr. Hewitt served on Virginia's First Commission on Information Technology appointed by former Virginia Governor James S. Gilmore. He is a member of the following Boards of Directors: GTSI [GTSI], Halifax [HX], Analex [NLX], Sigaba and INPUT. He also serves on the Advisory Boards of Fortress Technologies, ProSight, DSA, and Information Technology Association of America (ITAA).

Mr. Hewitt received his Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from North Carolina State University and his Masters of Business Administration from Long Island University.

Bruce Morrison, Former Chief Information Officer of the US Department of State

Bruce Morrison was Chief Information Officer of the United States Department of State from December, 2002, until February, 2005.  He was an ex-officio member of the Chief Information Officers’ and Intelligence Community Chief Information Officers’ Councils.  He was Deputy Chief Information Officer for Operations at State from 2001 until 2002. 

During his 28-year career as a commissioned foreign service officer, he has held a succession of information management positions at the State Department.

Mr. Morrison was the Dean of the School for Information Technology at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute from 1997 to 2001.  His career has taken him to three continents.  Specifically, he was a Computer Systems Manager in the U.S. Embassy, Tokyo, Computer Systems Administrator for the entire East Asian and Pacific Bureau, Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information Systems, Director of the Information Management Planning Office, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Information Management Planning and Development, Associate Comptroller for International Financial Services, and Director of the Financial Services Center (FSC) in Paris which serves Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.  His first two assignments were as a General Service Officer in embassies Belgrade and Prague.

Mr. Morrison is a career senior foreign service officer.  He joined the Foreign Service in 1976 from New York.  He was graduated from Hunter College and went on to earn his Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University.  His awards include the State Department Distinguished Honor Award from Secretary Colin Powell, the Presidential Meritorious Service Award from President George W. Bush, the Luther I. Replogle Award for Management Improvement, five senior officer performance pay bonuses, and two Superior Honor Awards. 

Charles A. Self, Former Deputy Commissioner of the Federal Technology Service (FTS)

Charles A. Self previously was President of The Self Group, L.L.C., a consulting practice focused on helping companies grow their information technology business in the Federal space. He formed this company upon his retirement from the Federal government in 2003. 

Mr. Self’s retirement marked the end of a 34-year profession as a public civil servant. He began his career as an Air Force Lieutenant and quickly rose to the rank of Captain. He moved into civilian public service with the Air Force, and later with the Department of Veterans Affairs, before joining the General Services Administration in 1985. 

From January 1986 until March 2000, Mr. Self served in several positions of increasing responsibility including Assistant Commissioner for Information Technology Solutions (ITS) of the Federal Technology Service; Deputy Assistant Commissioner for ITS; and Director of the Federal Systems Integration and Management Center (FEDSIM). From March 1980 to June 1983, Mr. Self served as principal Technical Advisor to the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Data Management and Telecommunications of the Department of Veterans Affairs.  

Mr. Self was Deputy Commissioner of the Federal Technology Service (FTS) from March 2000 until his retirement in July 2003. FTS is the General Services Administration’s organization that acquires information technology and telecommunications products and services for federal agencies and departments, approximately $8 billion in 2003. 

Mr. Self has received numerous awards for his work in establishing and operating “intra-governmental businesses” and promoting and fostering the concept of entrepreneurial government. Mr. Self received GSA’s Meritorious Service Award, the agency’s second-highest award, for his work with FEDSIM. Mr. Self has received many honors for the differences he made in the way agencies and companies develop, acquire, and manage information technology in the federal IT community.  

Mr. Self received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science in Mathematics from St. Mary’s University. He completed a year of doctoral work in computer science at Ohio State University. He served as an officer in the United States Air Force from 1968 to 1972, leaving as a Captain.