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  • Brian has also facilitated and deployed NPS faculty/students and communications equipment to SE Asia and South/Central America on the US Navy's two hospital ships (USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort). These two humanitarian outreach missions used the flyway kit equipment suite (WiFi, WiMAX, VSAT, VoIP, LMRoIP) that Mr. Steckler and the NPS HFN Center has prototyped and refined the past 5 years. He was also the overall Communications Director for Strong Angel III, a large scale inter-agency/industry/academia exercise conducted in Summer 2005 that entailed an H5N1 avian flu pandemic in the San Diego CA region, and was sponsored by the DHS Office of Science and Technology and Office of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration
  • (OSD-NII) to both deploy and collect/analyze voice and data traffic during Operation Golden Phoenix, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake scenario training event in Summer 2007 in the Los Angeles Basin. Operation Golden Phoenix was the first-ever combined DHS/DOD training exercise that featured investigating the quality of data/voice interoperability and the challenges between city/local/county/state and federal (DOD/DHS) early responders. Brian plays a critical role in the planning and execution of similar real world missions and exercises/training events that are being planned for FY-10 and beyond.
  • His primary full-time experience in the corporate world after military retirement was as the founder and CEO of a California business-class Internet Service Provider (ISP) and software engineering firm. He operated that business for 7 years until selling it in the Summer of 2001. Prior to that Brian had a successful 20-year career in the U.S. Navy, ten years as an enlisted Cryptologic Technician and ten years as a Commissioned Officer.
  • During his Navy career he qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer, Supply Officer, Communications Officer, Operations Officer, Weapons Officer, CMS Custodian, Mine Countermeasures Officer and Officer of the Deck (underway).

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