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Charles Armstrong

Former Assistant Commissioner, Office of Information and Technology, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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Charles Armstrong

Mr. Charles R. Armstrong is the Former Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Information and Technology, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security. Functional responsibilities include software development, infrastructure services and support, tactical communications, the laboratory system and research and development functions, and IT modernization initiatives supporting CBP’s core business processes. Additionally, as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Steward for network services, Mr. Armstrong is accountable for supporting the agency’s requirements for secure, reliable communications. Mr. Armstrong served as the DHS CIO where he was a champion of the Department’s IT initiatives for improving the agency’s secure information sharing capabilities through the consolidation of infrastructure and strengthened security.

Mr. Armstrong brings with him more than 26 years of leadership and technology experience in the operations and management of IT. After starting his career with the Navy Department, he worked for the legacy U.S. Customs Service and CBP in various capacities. He also served as the CIO for the DHS Border and Transportation Security prior to assuming the position of DHS CIO in October 2005.

Mr. Armstrong graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and obtained a Master’s Certificate in Management from National Louis University. He is a Harvard Senior Executive Fellow and was recognized by Federal Computer Week’sFederal 100 as one of the top executives from government, industry, and academia who had the greatest impact on the government information systems community in 2001.

Charles Armstrong Sessions

  • Thursday, March 12 @ 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...

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