Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Neo cons on the block at Rivada. Ganley's directors a who's who of war mongers

The revamped Rivada board is a who's who of war mongers
check out their biographies below. http://www.rivada.com/7130879/aboutus-keypersonnel.htm#top

Declan Ganley
, is a European entrepreneur and Chairman and CEO of Rivada Networks designing and deploying broadband public safety communications networks for government customers. Declan has founded wireless broadband and cable TV businesses in Western, Central and Eastern Europe, including Broadnet (sold to Comcast), building and operating broadband wireless networks in ten EU countries and Cabeltel, with an extensive cable multimedia network in Eastern Europe. From 1991 he built what became the largest private forestry company in the Former Soviet Union, which he sold in 1997.

Declan is Chairman of the Forum on Public Safety in Europe & North America, where senior leaders confer to provide policy and implementation recommendations to governments, legislators, public safety and defence entities in Europe and North America. He is an advisor on "technology and terrorism" to the Club De Madrid group of international heads of government and has served as a member of Futures Group of the Irish Government's Information Society Commission. During Ireland's Presidency of the EU in May 2004, Declan chaired the Forum to Debate the European Constitution which brought together academics from 16 European universities with legislators and policy-makers.

He was awarded the JCI Entrepreneur of the year title in 2001 & 2005. Declan is a recipient of the Louisiana Distinguished Service Medal for what was cited as his life saving actions; delivering communications capability for the US military post Hurricane Katrina. He serves on the boards of the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the University of Limerick Foundation and is a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs.

He is the founder and president of the Libertas Institute, a pan-European think tank committed to provoking debate on the future of the European Union and campaigning for democratic and economic reform.

He is married to Delia and they have 4 young children, they have homes in Washington DC and Galway, Ireland.

Michael P. Jackson served as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security from 2005 until 2007. In this role, Mr. Jackson served as Department of Homeland Securitys' chief operating officer, with responsibility for managing the day-to-day operations.

Mr. Jackson served as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) from May 2001 to August 2003. As Deputy Secretary, Mr. Jackson was the Department’s chief operating officer, with responsibility for day-to-day operations of an organization that, following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, grew to a $68 billion annual budget supporting over 179,000 employees. His tenure was particularly focused on DOT’s response to the terrorist attacks, including standing up the new Transportation Security Administration and management of recovery efforts for the nation’s aviation industry.

He served as a member of the Board of Directors of Amtrak and was chairman of its Audit Committee.

In 2004, Mr. Jackson was appointed to serve on the President's Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy, which provided management recommendations to the President on NASA and its future mission management. Mr. Jackson also held positions working for two earlier Presidents. In the Administration of President George H. W. Bush, he served at the White House as Special Assistant to the President for Cabinet Liaison and later as Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Transportation. He held several positions reporting to the Secretary of Education in the Administration of President Ronald Reagan.

Dennis McCarthy’s Marine Corps service began with combat duty in Vietnam, and included numerous command assignments, including command of the Third Marine Division – the only time a Reserve General Officer has commanded an active division. His military career culminated with command of the Marine Forces Reserve from June 2001 until June 2005 during its most extensive mobilization in history.

After leaving active military service, General McCarthy became Executive Director of the Reserve Officers Association of the United States, a congressionally chartered organization dedicated to the development and support of sound national security policy, with specific focus on the Reserve Components.

He also serves on several corporate boards, and is “Of counsel” to a Columbus, Ohio law firm. His military decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V" and the Combat Action Ribbon.

General Richard B. Myers became the fifteenth Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Oct. 1, 2001. In this capacity, he served as the principal military advisor to the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council. Prior to becoming Chairman, he served as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for 19 months. As the Vice Chairman from March 2000 to September 2001, General Myers served as the Chairman of the Joint Requirements Oversight Council, Vice Chairman of the Defense Acquisition Board, and as a member of the National Security Council Deputies Committee and the Nuclear Weapons Council. In addition, he acted for the Chairman in all aspects of the Planning, Programming and Budgeting System including participation in the Defense Resources Board.

From August 1998 to February 2000, General Myers was Commander in Chief, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Space Command; Commander, Air Force Space Command; and Department of Defense manager, space transportation system contingency support at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. Prior to assuming that position, he was Commander, Pacific Air Forces, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, from July 1997 to July 1998.

From July 1996 to July 1997 he served as Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Pentagon; and from November 1993 to June 1996 General Myers was Commander of U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force at Yokota Air Base, Japan.

Rear Admiral Robert F. Duncan serves as Senior Vice President, Business Development and Government Services, of Rivada Networks, having recently completed a distinguished career in the United States Coast Guard spanning over thirty four years. In his last assignment, Admiral Duncan served as Commander of the Eighth Coast Guard District, headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana. As District Commander, he was responsible for U.S. Coast Guard operations covering 26 states, the Gulf of Mexico and the extensive U.S. inland river system.

RADM Duncan has served on Coast Guard cutters and Navy combatants from the Bering Sea to the Persian Gulf. As a Flag Officer, he led the Commandant’s Task Force for Homeland Security, served as the Chief Counsel and Judge Advocate General of the Coast Guard, was appointed by Secretary Ridge to serve as the Federal Coordinator for the historic Iraqi voting in the southern region of the United States and led the Coast Guard’s rescue and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

For his leadership of those historic disasters, he was commended by President Bush, and the United States Senate and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Louisiana Legion of Merit, commended for his heroism by a Proclamation from the City of New Orleans and presented that city’s highest recognition; the Sieur de Bienville Founder’s Award. Additionally, Secretary Colin Powell presented Rear Admiral Duncan with the American Spirit Gold Medallion.

Admiral Duncan also serves as a Director on the Joint Executive Boards of the National Institute for Urban Search and Rescue ( NIUSR) and the National Consortium for Readiness in Emergencies ( N-CORE). An author, frequent panelist and speaker, Admiral Duncan continues to contribute to the national, and international, dialogue on Homeland Security, emergency operations, and crisis leadership.

Lord Guthrie was Chief of the Defence Staff in the United Kingdom between 1997 and 2001 and Chief of the General Staff of the British Army between 1994 and 1997. He is a member of the House of Lords. He was created a life peer after retiring as Chief of the Defence Staff.

He serves as a director of several other boards, including N M Rothschild & Sons. He is the president of several charities, including Action Medical Research, Army Benevolent Fund, Federation of London Youth Clubs and the Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Association

George Foresman was confirmed by the United States Senate in December 2005 as America’s first Under Secretary of Preparedness at the Department of Homeland Security. On March 31, 2007 he became the first Under Secretary for National Protection and Programs at DHS. In these roles, Foresman has led a comprehensive effort to harmonize the Nation’s preparedness towards integrated capabilities for prevention, protection, and response. He has also has worked closely with a wide array of state and local elected officials and leading business CEO’s to focus on risk management and reduction in securing our nation’s homeland.

Prior to his appointment to the Department of Homeland Security, Foresman had extensive experience in homeland security and emergency response and preparedness. He served as Assistant to the Governor for Commonwealth Preparedness and as Homeland Security Advisor, a cabinet level position in the Administration of Governor Mark Warner. He acted as chief liaison with the White House, the military, Congress, other local governments and the private sector in this capacity. Foresman also chaired the Secure Commonwealth Panel and led the Governor’s initiative responsible for strengthening Virginia’s security and preparedness for emergencies and disasters of all kinds, including terrorism.

Admiral James M. Loy completed a 45-year career in public service in 2005, retiring as the first Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, a position that he held from 2003 to 2005. In this capacity, he was involved in all aspects of consolidating 22 separate agencies into one unified cabinet department as well as managing the day-to-day activities of the agency.

Prior to the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security, Admiral Loy served in the Department of Transportation from 2002 to 2003 as Deputy Under Secretary for Security and Chief Operating Officer of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and later as Under Secretary for Security. In these roles, he served as the first administrator of the newly created TSA, which is responsible for protecting the U.S. transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce.

Admiral Loy retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in 2002, having served as its Commandant from May 1998. As head of the 90,000 person organization, he restored readiness through workforce development and modernized the Coast Guard’s fleet of ships and aircraft.

Prior to his service as Commandant, Admiral Loy served as the Coast Guard Chief of Staff from 1996 to 1998, during which time he redesigned the headquarters management structure and overhauled the Coast Guard planning and budgeting process to focus more sharply on performance and results. From 1994 to 1996, he was Commander of the Coast Guard’s Atlantic Area, supervising U.S. forces during the mass Haitian and Cuban migrations of 1994, and leading Coast Guard forces participating in Operation Restore Democracy.

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