Hon. Jay M. Cohen, Rear Admiral, United States Navy (Ret.), Member

Admiral Jay M. Cohen is a former Chief of Naval Research (United States Navy) and has served as the Department of the Navy Chief Technology Officer.

Admiral Cohen is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He holds a joint Ocean Engineering degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Master of Science in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture from MIT. Earlier in his career, he commanded USS HYMAN G. RICKOVER (SSN 709) and served on the U.S. Atlantic Fleet as a senior member of the Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board, responsible for certifying the safe operation of nuclear powered ships and crews. He then commanded the submarine tender USS L.Y. SPEAR (AS 36) including a deployment to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation DESERT STORM. After Spear, he reported to the Secretary of the Navy as Deputy Chief of Navy Legislative Affairs. During this assignment, he was responsible for supervising all Navy Congressional liaison.

Admiral Cohen was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral in 1997 and reported to the Joint Staff as Deputy Director for Operations responsible to the President and Department of Defense leaders for strategic weapons release authority. In 1999, he assumed duties as Director Navy Y2K Project Office responsible for transitioning all Navy computer systems. In June 2000, he became the 20th Chief of Naval Research. He served during war as the Department of the Navy Chief Technology Officer (a direct report to the Secretary of the Navy, Chief of Naval Operations and Commandant of the Marine Corps). Responsible for the $2B+/year Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology (S&T) Program (involving basic research to applied technology portfolios and contracting), he coordinated investments with other U.S. and international S&T providers to rapidly meet war fighter combat needs. After an unprecedented five and a half year assignment as Chief of Naval Research, he retired from the Navy in 2006.

Unanimously confirmed by the US Senate, he was sworn in as Under Secretary for Science & Technology at the Department of Homeland Security (responsible for DHS Research, Development, Test and Evaluation) in 2006 (the day of the British Airways liquid explosive plot in England). At the time of his assuming this position, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 U.S. Senate Appropriations Report described DHS S&T as “a rudderless ship without a clear way to get back on course”. Through Cohen’s leadership and the people and programs he put in place, the FY 2008 Senate Appropriations Report stated the committee “is pleased with the rapid progress S&T appears to be making…” and in FY 2009 the Congress added $63M to the nearly $1B DHS S&T budget and directed that Cohen be given acquisition authority over his responsible programs. The transformation of DHS S&T (from the lowest morale federal government component in 2006 to amongst the highest in 2008) is a success story that is captured in congressional testimony and a recent National Geographic TV special “Hi-Tech War on Terror” that documents the high risk/high gain innovation portfolio which Admiral Cohen put in place to make the nation safer. Since leaving government, Admiral Cohen is now a principal in The Chertoff Group, serves on corporate boards and as CEO of JayMCohen LLC is an independent consultant for science and technology in support of U.S. and international defence, homeland security and energy issues and solutions.

Carol A. Haave, Member

Carol A. Haave is the former Assistant Secretary for International Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security and the former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Counterintelligence and Security.

She has more than 25 years of working directly with cabinet-level officials providing defence, security, intelligence, counterintelligence and technology advice, and is noted for adapting commercial technology and innovative programs to benefit the military and security officials involved in conflict situations. Responsible for Homeland Security’s relationships with all foreign countries, Ms. Haave was directly involved in successful efforts to identify, disrupt and respond to terrorist and other security threats to the United States and its forces. In addition, she personally led a small team of operational and technology experts who created a “smart” biometrics identification card system for Iraq — collaborating with the governments of Iraq, UAE and Oman — that provides ID cards to Iraqi government personnel (police, military, etc.) and others seeking US base access that continues to have worldwide application today. She was the “operations manager” for a $125 million/one year program that built a commercial communications, command and control, and information management system deployed to 33 sites throughout Europe to include Bosnia, along with the first deployment of the Predator UAV that ensured military leaders were privy to the same operational information and intelligence simultaneously. She created and deployed Strategic Counterintelligence Cells to Iraq and Afghanistan that successfully identified non-traditional threats and IED/bomb-makers. She also led a team of risk and security experts in the development of a risk assessment methodology for the U.S. Department of Defense’s critical infrastructure protection to ensure the best application of resources, and another that resulted in the unprecedented increase in priority within the Department to counter cyber threats.

As a senior Homeland Security official, Ms. Haave has significant experience with U.S. Borders, Customs and all Homeland Security departments. As a senior official at Defense and Homeland Security, she developed and maintains significant international contacts. Carol has over a decade of DARPA experience, including technology transition and information management. She has served as a Management Analyst at NASA and an Inspector at Summa Corporation. 

Lieutenant General Robin Brims (Ret.) CB CBE DSO, Member

General Brims became Commander of the UK Field Army in 2005. He deployed to Baghdad in 2005 to be the Deputy to the Coalition Commander General George Casey.

Earlier in his career, General Brims was Chief of Staff at Headquarters Northern Ireland and Director Army Plans and Resources in UK Ministry of Defence.  In 2000 he was appointed Commander of the Multi-national Division (South West) in Bosnia and in 2001 became General Officer Commanding 1st (UK) Armoured Division which took part in the invasion of Iraq.  For his service in Iraq he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order.  On leaving Iraq became Deputy Chief of Joint Operations at UK’s Permanent Joint Headquarters, before becoming Commander of the UK Field Army in 2005 and deploying to Baghdad for most of 2005 to be the Deputy to the Coalition Commander, General George Casey. On retirement in autumn 2007 he became Rector (Vice-Chancellor) of the University of Kurdistan-Hawler in Northern Iraq. His task was to reorganize the University to make it fit international standards. He handed over to an academic in late 2009 and returned to live in UK.  He was appointed Chairman North of England Reserve Forces and Cadets Association in April 2010, and Chairman Council of RFCAs in December 2011. In 2012 he was appointed by the UK Secretary of State for Defence to be Chairman of the External Scrutiny Team which is tasked with reporting on the UK MOD’s plan to expand the Reserves. He submits an annual Report to Parliament. He is a Director of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo; and mentors at the UK Defence Academy and on some Joint Force exercises.

Robert Hill, AC, Member

Mr. Hill is a former Australian Minister for Defence.

He was a member of the Australian Senate from 1981 to 2006, representing South Australia. He was educated at the University of Adelaide and the London School of Economics, where he gained a Master’s degree in Law. Mr. Hill was Leader of the Government in the Australian Senate from March 1996 until his resignation in January 2006. He was Australian Minister for the Environment 1996-98, Minister for the Environment and Heritage 1998-2001 and Minister for Defence from November 2001 to January 2006. In July 2005 the Coalition parties took control of the Australian Senate and Mr. Hill became the first Government Leader in the Senate since 1981 to command a majority in the chamber. In January 2006 he announced his resignation from the Parliament. Mr. Hill was Australian Ambassador to the United Nations for Australia from 2006 - 2009. In July 2009, he was appointed by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd as Chairman of the Australian Carbon Trust. In June 2012, he was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia.

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