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Leadership Profile: Dana Brown, President of Nat'l Security Associates WorldWide

Leadership Profile: Dana Brown, President of Nat'l Security Associates WorldWide

By David Silverberg, Editor; HS Today December 2009
Dana Brown fits the classic image of the G-Man: tall, meticulously dressed, very soft spoken, impeccably polite and very discreet – indeed, so discreet it's hard to elicit the stories of a lifetime in law enforcement, the Secret Service, the Federal Air Marshals Service, and now, the presidency of NSAWW.

dana brownNSAWW is a security consulting firm founded in 2007 by Courtney Banks, a former White House national security aide and vice president of homeland security for Raytheon Co. With 20 seasoned security professionals on its roster, its specialty is advising clients on security market opportunities, but it can also assist with business development, due diligence research, project development and the search for security solutions.

The company currently has 24 clients, according to Brown, and in April it signed Computer Sciences Corp., Falls Church, Va., as its first client on the list of Fortune magazine's top 100 companies.

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Growing Security, Penn Gazette

Growing Security, Penn Gazette

The University of Pennsylvania's Penn Gazette: Alumni Profiles; September/October 2009 edition
Class of '96 | Courtney Banks C'96 vividly remembers the moment that her career path revealed itself. 

"There was a mini-series on TV called The Winds of War, [based on the book] by Herman Wouk," Banks recalls, "and that was kind of it for me. I just knew that when I grew up I wanted to work with national security and the military. There were a lot of aspects of it that really, really appealed to me."

The fact that she was female when she decided to enter that traditionally male-dominated field makes her something of an anomaly even today. What makes her truly singular is that her eureka moment came when she was in the third grade.

"I think at the time [1983] that was very rare," acknowledges Banks. "Now, post-9/11, there are so many role models—you have Condi Rice, and Madeleine Albright, and Fran Townshend, and women who are four-star generals, so it's less rare."

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NSAWW Hires President

August 2009: Nat'l Security Associates WorldWide announced today the hire of Dana A. Brown as the company's new President. Mr. Brown most recently served five years with the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS), first as the Chief of Staff; then, from March 2006 until his retirement at the end of 2008, as the Director of the FAMS and the Assistant Administrator for Law Enforcement at the Transportation Security Administration. In 2008, he was awarded the DHS Silver Medal Award and the TSA John W. Magaw Values Award.

Previously, Brown was a special agent with the USSS for 25 years and retired as the Assistant Director and CFO for the Office of Administration.

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Securing Government Money for Security, Business Week

Securing Government Money for Security, Business Week

By Jill Hamburg Coplan; August 7, 2009; Business Week Online
Courtney Banks uses her Defense Dept. experience, and a staff of retired government security experts, to help clients attract federal stimulus cash.

Federal stimulus money may be burning holes in bureaucrats' pockets, but businesses hoping to nab some of it may need to know their way around the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, say, or the Public Buildings Service. That's where Courtney Banks and her Alexandria (Va.) consulting firm, Nat'l Security Associates WorldWide, come in. In exchange for a yearlong retainer, Banks promises to brainstorm business development strategies, find new markets for her clients, and make introductions to decision-makers who award contracts. Some clients are selling the "three Gs"—guns, gates, and guards. Others retrofit transit hubs or nuclear facilities, or provide surveillance, cybersecurity, or satellite mapping. When the deal is sealed, NSAWW steps aside. Says Banks: "I kill it, but I don't eat it." 

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Mario Possamai Conducts Webinar for ASIS International

Mario Possamai Conducts Webinar for ASIS International

On May 27, 2009, NSAWW Board Member Mario Possamai, CFE, CAMS, conducted a Professional Development Course Webinar for ASIS International entitled "How to Effectively Respond to a Possible Pandemic During an Economic Downturn." It was sponsored by the ASIS Council on Global Terrorism, Political Instability and International Crime. The goal of the webinar was to lay out a prudent approach — based on best practices — to cost-effectively respond to a possible pandemic, while avoiding over-reactions. Topics discussed included pandemic planning, emergency response, the Swine Flu / H1N1 outbreak and the 2003 SARS catastrophe. For more information on this event, please click here.

NSAWW Welcomes a New Member to its Board of Advisors

May 2009: Hon. Jay M. Cohen, Rear Admiral, US Navy (Ret.) joins NSAWW after a highly successful and much lauded career with the United States Government. He most recently served as Undersecretary for Science and Technology in the Department of Homeland Security, where from 2006 to 2008 he transformed the division by implementing a high risk/ high gain innovation portfolio and emphasizing output focused, customer oriented efforts. The success brought about by his leadership at DHS S&T has been captured in Hill testimony, press articles, international partnerships and a recent National Geographic TV special "Hi-Tech War on Terror."

Prior to being sworn in as Undersecretary, Rear Admiral (Ret.) Cohen served 38 years with the Navy. His early Navy assignments involved service on conventional and nuclear submarines, including two stints at command, on the USS HYMAN G. RICKOVER (SSN 709) from 1985 to 1988 and the USS L.Y. SPEAR (AS 36) from 1991 to 1993. Following command, he reported to the Secretary of the Navy as Deputy Chief of Navy Legislative Affairs. He was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral in October 1997 and reported to the Joint Staff as Deputy Director for Operations, where he was responsible to the President and DoD leaders for strategic weapons release authority. In June 1999, he assumed duties as Director Navy Y2K Project Office responsible for transitioning all Navy computer systems into the new century. In June 2000, Rear Admiral (Ret.) Cohen was promoted in rank and became the 20th Chief of Naval Research, where he served an unprecedented five and a half years before retiring in 2006.

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NSAWW Signs 20th Client

NSAWW Signs 20th Client

April 2009: NSAWW successfully signed their 20th client today which also happens to be their first Fortune 100 client, Computer Science Corporation (CSC). NSAWW will provide support to CSC by assisting them in their competitive intelligence pursuits. 

"This is an exciting accomplishment for us, "said Courtney Banks, CEO of NSAWW. "Being a thriving small business, selected by one of the biggest technology enabled solutions providers, who could have turned to any number of consulting firms for assistance in navigating the government contracting landscape, is a distinct honor. We look forward to producing tremendous results for them, as we do for all of our clients." 

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Nat'l Security Associates Rides Government Contracting Wave, Washington Business Journal

Nat'l Security Associates Rides Government Contracting Wave, Washington Business Journal

Washington Business Journal: Business Smarts Section; By Jennifer Nycz-Connor

CBWashingtonBusinessJournalIn a way, Courtney Banks owes her career to Robert Mitchum and Ali MacGraw. 

In third grade, she was captivated by "The Winds of War," the pre-World War II military miniseries featuring the two stars. By the time the final credits crawled across the television screen, Banks was dreaming of a career in national security. 

"I was just captivated by the military, by the idea of people that did something to help their nation," says Banks, now 35. 

Roughly 25 years later, Banks is CEO of NSAWW LLC, the company she founded in 2007 to help companies identify and win defense and homeland security business. 

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Peter S. Probst Visits India Following Mumbai Attacks, ASIS Newsletter

Peter S. Probst Visits India Following Mumbai Attacks, ASIS Newsletter

ASIS Global Terrororism, Political Instability and International Crime Council Newsletter, March 2009

Council member Peter S. Probst was invited to India to speak at a conference sponsored by the Indian government and organized by the Centre for Defense and Security Studies. Attendees were high level Indian military and security officials. The primary focus was terrorism, Mumbai and the state of relations between the military and civilian sectors of government.

Discussion was exceedingly candid, and he appeared to be one of the only two non-Indians present. Participating Indian officials included the Deputy National Security Advisor; the former Defence Secretary; Deputy Chief of the Integrated Defence Staff; Former Chief of the Army Staff; Assistant Chief of the Integrated Defense Staff; Director of the Centre for Joint Warfare; Inspector General of the Police, etc.

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Securing the Homeland, Main Line Today

Securing the Homeland, Main Line Today

A Narberth Native Becomes a Defensive Linchpin Against Terrorism

Written by Jim Waltzer; Published in the March print edition of Main Line Today and appeared online on February 19, 2009; Photo by Shane McCauley

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In Narberth, where the train stops, the shops beckon and the ball fields stretch to the horizon, townsfolk treasure the charm and safety of their environs. That hasn't changed since Courtney Banks was growing up here in the 1970s and '80s. 

Unfortunately, the world beyond has. 

A leading voice in homeland security and an entrepreneur with a penchant for people, the 34-year-old Banks seeks to shield the Narberths and the rest of our land from the threat of global terrorism. She's been trained to do so and knows firsthand what failure looks like—her office at the Pentagon was destroyed on 9/11. Now that she's in business for herself, she's no less worried about a large-scale attack. 

"We're most vulnerable during formal election cycles and transition periods," says Banks, whose NSAWW helps companies develop their business in the national security space. "Aviation is still highly at risk. When we have success in containing [terrorism], no one ever knows." 

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