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Robert RhoadsAssociate Director, Emergency Communications Division Nationwide GovernanceCybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Dusty Rhoads is an Associate Director within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Mr. Rhoads leads Nationwide Governance, that provides support to SAFECOM, the National Council of Statewide Interoperable Coordinators (NCSWIC), the Federal Partnership for Interoperable Communications (FPIC), and the Emergency Communications Preparedness Center (ECPC) and international / border support including the Southwest Border Communications Working Group (SWBCWG), and the Canadian / United States Communications Interoperable Working Group (CANUS CIWG). These groups improve emergency communications capabilities across the Nation by working collaboratively to develop and provide policy and guidance to all disciplines across all levels of government. Nationwide Governance is also the lead in developing and supporting emergency communication capabilities along the borders with Canada and Mexico. Mr. Rhoads has served on various committees and working groups representing DHS, including the FCC Task Force on Optimization of PSAP Architecture (TFOPA), the NPSTC Assessment of Future Spectrum and Technology, the FCC Technical Advisory Board for First Responder Interoperability, and the NPSTC Broadband High Level Launch Requirements, and supported the development of policy with the office of Vice President Biden to implement a Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (FirstNet). Prior to joining DHS, Dusty served nearly 30 years with the Fairfax County, Virginia Fire and Rescue Department before retiring as a Battalion Fire Chief in 2008. He also served as a senior-systems engineer in the private sector developing requirements, integrating, testing, and demonstrating public safety voice and data communication systems and applications.