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Border Security in the New Decade: How technology, international partnerships, and the political landscape are impacting the flows of people along our southwest border

At Border Security Expo, you can get big-picture insights and critical details on the latest challenges and issues impacting border security in the U.S. and abroad. Led by industry experts and leaders in the field, you’ll walk away with invaluable insights and solutions that you can start implementing immediately. Check out this year’s unparalleled conference agenda and register before February 14 to save with early-bird rates.

Note: All speakers and panelists are confirmed unless otherwise noted. Keynotes, plenary panels, and luncheons are open to conference attendees only.

Jump to: Wednesday, March 11  |  Thursday, March 12  |  Friday, March 13


Wednesday, March 11

7:30 am – 5:00 pm Registration Open
8:30 am – 9:15 am

Opening Keynote: Robert Perez, Deputy Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Opening Remarks by

9:15 am – 10:15 am

Plenary Panel: State of the Border: An Expansion of Historical Efforts – A Transitional Approach – Transformational Change

A one-on-one conversation with the Chief of the Border Patrol on the state of the border and his vision going forth relating to border policy, operational requirements, operational goals and objectives, threats, and international relationships. An integral part of the discussion will cover the border infrastructure system, the technology aspect of the infrastructure system, AI, and data integration.

  • David Aguilar, Former CBP Deputy Commissioner and National Chief, U.S. Border Patrol
  • Rodney Scott, Chief, U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
10:15 am – 11:15 am

Plenary Panel: Insider Threats and the New DCSA

The Panel will highlight the roles and responsibilities of the new Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA). The DCSA assumed responsibility for national security background investigations and adjudications from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and will discuss its impact on industry. The panel will also widen the traditional aperture beyond the intelligence community and discuss insider threats facing federal law enforcement.

  • Michael Braun, President, SAVA Workforce Solutions
  • Edward J. “Ned” Fish Sr., Deputy Director, Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency, Defense Vetting Directorate
  • Michele James, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Office of Professional Responsibility, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Sean Vereault, Deputy Chief Inspector, Office of Security Programs, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
11:15 am – 5:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Networking Luncheon & Keynote: John Coleman, President of Defense & Homeland Security Sector, Peraton

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Plenary Panel: Congressional Influence on Border Security

Moderated by the first staff director of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, this panel will explore Congressional influence on border security policy, technology and funding. Panelists will help open the aperture on how funding decisions are made—decisions that ultimately enable DHS and CBP to purchase technologies to keep our borders safe. Panelists will also offer insights into how Congress can—and does—shape the CBP mission.

  • Michelle Mrdeza, Government Affairs Senior Consultant and Director, Cornerstone
  • Michael Higdon, Principal/Founder, A1.9 Strategies
  • Allison Northrop, Oversight Director, House Committee on Homeland Security
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Plenary Keynote: Manuel Padilla, Jr., Director, Joint Task Force–West

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Plenary Panel: Domain Awareness and the Evolving Role of Border Patrol and Air & Marine Operations in Opening up the Sky

This panel will focus on how Border Patrol and Air & Marine Operations are transforming domain awareness; how the operator will benefit; and, why the use of sUAS will continue to expand in the border environment. Discussion will also be directed at how the private sector can partner with the operator and assist in shaping this important effort.

  • Thomas Winkowski, President, Global Border Solutions, LLC; Former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Former Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Floyd A. Adagio, Enterprise Solution Architect, Solutions and Technology Group, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
  • Alma R. Cole, Chief Information Security Officer, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security
  • Mark Erwin, Senior Director, Homeland Security Programs, Sentrillion
  • Keith Haynes, Assistant Chief, U.S. Border Patrol
  • Troy Johnson, Domain Awareness Standards and Analysis (DASA) Director, Air and Marine Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Opening Night Reception in the Exhibit Hall

Join us for happy hour in the exhibit hall to celebrate the end of the first day of the Expo! Enjoy complimentary drinks as you network with your peers and colleagues and explore essential solutions at this can’t-miss reception.

Sponsored by: Peraton

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Border Patrol Foundation’s 5th Annual Night at the Alamo

Make plans now to join the Border Patrol Foundation for their 5th Annual “Night at the Alamo,” held in conjunction with the Border Security Expo. This event will pay tribute to Border Patrol Agents who have gone above and beyond the call of duty, while also recognizing those who have continued to show great support to our men and women in green. Held at the Alamo, this annual event begins at 6:00 pm following the first day of Border Security Expo. Separate registration required. Ticket includes dinner and open bar, raffles, auctions, awards, dedications, and a Night to Remember!

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Thursday, March 12

7:30 am – 3:00 pm Registration Open
8:30 am – 9:30 am

Plenary Keynote Panel:
  • Elizabeth A. Cappello, Acting Chief Information Officer, Department of Homeland Security (Approval in Process)

  • Thomas Winkowski, Chairman, Border Security Expo Advisory Board; President, Global Border Solutions, LLC; Former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Former Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Luke McCormack, Former Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
9:30 am – 10:45 am

Plenary Panel: Procurement Panel

What is new in the area of procurement? What does industry need to do to be more competitive? What are the common mistakes?

  • Bobby Brown, Senior Director, Customs and Border Protection, Elbit Systems of America
  • Diane Sahakian, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Acquisition, U.S. Customs & Border Protection
  • Stacy Swann, National Account Manager, GSA Federal Acquisition
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open
10:45 am – 11:30 am

Plenary Panel: Biometrics

Biometrics has changed the way processing is done for border security. From the use of fingerprints to verify apprehensions against IDENT and CJIS to the latest use of facial recognition to process travelers through the ports, biometrics have improved identification and expedited the flow. The panel will explore current uses of biometrics, challenges, and what is in store for the future. How are biometrics changing the workflow? What collaboration is occurring with industry and the private sector (air, rail, cruise lines, etc.)?

  • Charles Armstrong, Former Assistant Commissioner, Office of Information and Technology, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • John Larregui, Managing Partner of Federal Mobility Solutions, Verizon
  • Jim McLaughlin, Executive Director for Targeting and Analysis Systems, CBP
  • Matthew Schneider, Director, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Entry/Exit Transformation Office
  • Scott Shockey, Product Owner, Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM)
  • Michael Wagner, Senior Director, International Biometrics, GDIT
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Honoring the Memory Ceremony
Border Security Expo honors and recognizes law enforcement personnel, who have lost their lives in the line of duty. This ceremony, inaugurated at Border Security Expo 2012, continues to honor our fallen heroes each year at a special ceremony in the exhibit hall. Open to all attendees and exhibitors.

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12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Networking Luncheon in the Exhibit Hall


Friday, March 13

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

5th Annual Sharpshooter Classic & Demo Day

Sharpshooter Classic & Demo DayDon’t forget to stick around on Friday for the 5th Annual Sharpshooter Classic & Demo Day, benefitting the Border Patrol Foundation. This is your chance to get up-close and hands-on with the latest fire range products and technologies from leading manufacturers and show off your skills with fun and challenging stages, consisting of pistol, rifle, and shotgun rounds. Admission to Demo Day is free for all Border Security Expo attendees and exhibitors. You must have a Border Security Expo 2020 badge for entry to the event.

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Agenda as of 1/28/20; subject to change