Jeff Gaynor blogs on critical infrastructure and national resilience.
Mr. Gaynor’s national security career spans over 45 years. Mr. Gaynor created and served as the Director of the Emergency Response Senior Advisory Committee and Critical Infrastructure Task Force (CITF) of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC)—the Homeland Security Secretary’s senior advisory body.
Mr. Gaynor has been a leading national advocate for implementation of objectively measurable and sustainable Critical Infrastructure Resilience – and by extension – resilience-based national policies and programs. He has authored articles on resilience, is featured in domestic and international publications and conferences, consults with and has testified before Congress as an expert on Information Sharing, Critical Infrastructure and National Resilience issues.
Mr. Gaynor’s 15 years of policy and program creation and operational experience in the Intelligence, Critical Infrastructure, Mission Assurance, Operational Resilience and National Preparedness arenas includes Defense Intelligence Senior Executive assignments on the Secretary of Defense Staff as Special Assistant for Homeland Security; Acting Principal Director for Security and Information Operations and Director of Year 2000 (Y2K) Operations.
In those capacities Mr. Gaynor:
-Served as a post-9/11 Defense Department Representative to the White House Office of Homeland Security and the Intelligence Community;
-Ensured Joint Staff and operating forces infrastructure performance requirements were integrated into Defense Department operational planning and its Critical Infrastructure Program;
-Coordinated the Defense Department’s Critical Infrastructure, Information Assurance, Counterintelligence, Information Operations, and Security programs; and
-Created and led the operations of the Year 2000 Decision Support Activity (DSA).
Prior to his Senior Executive Service appointment, Jeff served as Special Assistant for Information Systems Security and later as Special Assistant for Information Assurance to the Assistant Secretary for Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence. In those capacities, Mr. Gaynor reviewed the scope and adequacy of existing Defense Information Systems Security programs and, as its Principal Action Officer, spearheaded a Secretary of Defense Staff initiative that created Information Assurance policies and established the Defense-wide Information Assurance Program.
Mr. Gaynor is a retired United States Army Colonel. His service encompassed over 30 years of enlisted and commissioned communications, security, armor, infantry, and military intelligence experience. He is the recipient of the Silver Star, the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Legion of Merit.
Mr. Gaynor is the founder of American Resilience Consulting, LLC, a provider of 21st century infrastructure, business, community and national preparedness solutions. He is also an alumnus of George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy institute and is a member of the Executive Advisors Committee of the Council on Competitiveness.