is an independent international, national and homeland security professional.
is a leading provider of Advisory and Assistance Services to government and commercial businesses.
Prior to joining the private sector, Don was appointed as Bush administration Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Security Integration.
Don retired from the U.S. Navy as a Rear Admiral, completing a thirty-one year naval career, where he spent fourteen years in at-sea billets.
After leaving government service, he served as Special Assistant for National Security with The Tauri Group.
A 1974 graduate of the United States Naval Academy
post-graduate education includes a Master of Science Degree (Education) from the Old Dominion University Darden School of Education, a federal executive fellowship and certificate from the Harvard University Center for International Affairs
, a fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for International Studies
, and post graduate certificates.
He also serves as senior defense advisor to the Homeland Security and Defense Business Council, a group of Fortune 500 companies with significant homeland security business interests.
Additionally, he is a member of numerous advisory boards and councils, and serves as a trustee of the United States Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.
has been awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, and various personal, unit, and campaign awards.