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Guiding Principles
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Federal Advisory Board
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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 market.

Current Federal Advisory Board Members

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

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

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

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)

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

William Shernit
Former President and Chief Executive of Intelsat General Corporation


Dave Borland

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 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 Degree in Business Administration from Central Missouri State University. He also holds a Masters of Science Degree in Finance from George Washington University.

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Kevin Carroll

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.

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Robert Lentz

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. 

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Michael Mestrovich

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 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 Masters from Duquesne University and his Doctorate of Philosophy in Economics from the University of Notre Dame.

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Charles 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 community.

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.

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William Shernit

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 analysis. 

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.

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Former Federal Advisory Board Members

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

Thomas L. Hewitt
Founder, Federal Sources, Inc.

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

John Gilligan
President of the Gilligan Group, Inc.


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