The 10 Point
Federal Advisory Board
DSA has been established in the Defense and
Intelligence marketplaces 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
Current Federal Advisory Board Members
David Borland served in the United States 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
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 Degree
in Business Administration from Central Missouri State University.
He also holds a Masters of Science Degree in Finance from George
Mr. 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 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. 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, US
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 Degree and his
Masters Degree in 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.
Mr. 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, to include operationalizing
the world’s most robust Identity Management System, and
was a member of the DoD CIO Executive Council.
Mr. Lentz has over 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 Masters Degree in National
Security Strategy from the National War College.
J. MESTROVICH, Ph.D
Michael J. Mestrovich, PhD, 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), www.fixs.org.
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 present positions he served for nearly thirty
years in the Department of Defense (DoD), as member of the Senior
Executive Service, in executive information management and information
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
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 Masters from Duquesne University and his Doctorate of Philosophy
in Economics from the University of Notre Dame.
CHARLES A. SELF
Charles A. Self is currently 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
Mr. Self received a Bachelor of Science degree
from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science Degree
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.
Mr. 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% 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 over 4500.
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
Mr. Shernit holds Masters and Bachelors 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 Federal Advisory Board Members