David Olive

David Olive focuses his blogging primarily on the “business of homeland security” — the interaction of the private sector with the Department of Homeland Security and other national security agencies.

Olive is a principal of Catalyst Partners, a Washington D.C based government relations and public affairs firm with an emphasis on homeland security and national security issues. He previously served as Chief of Staff for then Representative Asa Hutchinson (R-AR) in the 106th Congress. Hutchinson, the former Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, served as the first Undersecretary for Border and Transportation Security at the Department of Homeland Security.

Olive’s government relations and business development clients have included Acxiom, Boeing, Sabre, Travelocity, SAIC, The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), Acxiom; the Fort Smith (AR) Regional Airport; PhRMA, SAS, Church & Dwight, Intellicheck, Viisage (now L-1 Identity Solutions), Duos Technologies; and Canberra. He has testified before the Aviation Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives on reform of the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Hill newspaper has named Olive one of the top five Homeland Security lobbyists in Washington DC.

In addition to his consulting practice, Olive serves as the moderator of the Washington Homeland Security Roundtable, a non-profit organization comprised of private sector companies who seek to learn about policy, procedures and procurements affecting the federal homeland security marketplace. Participating Roundtable members include Boeing, Lockheed, SAIC, United Technologies, Siemens, Raytheon and some 20 other companies.

TSA Blame Game Runs Wild But Effective Solutions Are Scarce

The announcement that TSA replaced former Assistant Administrator for Security Operations Kelly Hoggan got a lot of national attention. It might lead one to conclude that the recent “blame and shame” efforts of some members of Congress threatening TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger’s tenure in office had worked. If anyone came to that conclusion, however, they would be wrong.

Security Mom Explains Security in a Way We Can All Understand

Juliette Kayyem’s new book, Security Mom, may be the most honest book I’ve read on how homeland security affects families and the communities in which we live. More importantly, it helps us understand, and explain to our family members, neighbors, and friends what it really means to live in a dangerous, high-threat environment without sacrificing our values or cowering in fear.

Touring San Ysidro and Otay Mesa Ports of Entry

Folks at Customs and Border Protection (CBP) put together a tour of the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry for a small number of bloggers and think tank representatives to take a look behind the scenes at the daily operations at these vital and busy locations. This is what we saw.

Sec. Johnson’s ‘Unity of Effort’ Initiative – A Response to Christian Marrone

My recent post on DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson’s “State of Homeland Security” talk prompted a passionate response from Christian Marrone, former Chief of Staff to the Secretary. Here is my response to him.

The Business of Homeland Security – Sec. Johnson’s ‘State of Homeland Security’ Talk

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson’s final “State of Homeland Security” talk included the usual reference to his “Unity of Effort” initiative. While his intentions are good, within DHS, the effort is viewed as nothing more than a “Unity of Rhetoric” initiative. Here are several ways well-meaning ideas have fallen well-short of reality.

Calling San Bernardino Shooting Act of Terrorism is a Big Deal

During the President’s address to the nation on December 6, he said what has not been said since the attacks on 9/11. A terrorist attack occurred on American soil. This simple statement is a big deal. Here’s why.

TSA Names Rod Allison as Acting Deputy Administrator

On the day before Thanksgiving, in the midst of one of the busiest travel days of the year, TSA Administrator Pete Neffenger announced to TSA employees that Roderick Allison had been named the Acting Deputy Administrator.

Early Thoughts on the Paris Terrorists’ Attacks

There are still many questions that remain to be answered about the Paris terrorist attacks, but so long as there is an internal struggle within Islam and countries where Islamists are fighting each other, we have to expect more events like what was seen in Paris.

Biodefense Blue Ribbon Panel Report Sends Strong Messages – Is Anyone Listening?

The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense recently released its report following a year-long study of how America can and should address biological threats. It deserves serious attention by policy makers, health practitioners and political pundits. Why? Because the threat and impact of a biological “event” is not receiving sufficient attention.