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Located in Northern Virginia, DAGER Technology works with federal, state, local, and military clients in the field of Homeland Security and Combating Terrorism.

 

Aimee David

Aimee David

Owner & President

Mrs. David is a founder and owner of DAGER Technology. She holds a law degree from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Affairs from The George Washington University. Aimee was previously the Vice President of Counter-terrorism at DFI Government Services, and coauthored The al-Qaeda Threat: An Analytical Guide to al-Qaeda’s Tactics & Targets.

Jeffrey M. David

Jeffrey M. David

Vice President

Mr. David is a founder and Vice President of DAGER. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Arts in Engineering Management. Prior to his founding of DAGER, Mr. David spent more than 20 years working as the Deputy Director of the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office where he oversaw execution of the Interagency Technical Support Working Group and other related programs. For the past six years, Mr. David has led the Bomb Squad Test Bed, and in that time has authored more than 20 Bomb Squad Test Bed reports, two articles in The Detonator, and an FBI Special Technicians Bulletin. Mr. David also brings to the table extensive interagency contacts, deep electronic countermeasure experience, and expertise in legislative affairs and media outreach. He has made appearances on several major news outlets including ABC, BBC, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, and Bloomberg. Mr. David is also an Office of Personnel Management certified Senior Executive and a current member of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI).

John Clemmensen

John Clemmensen

Principal

Mr. Clemmensen holds a Bachelor and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech with an emphasis on robotics. He is a technical expert on radiation search and communications equipment, is a certified Remote Pilot Airman, and offers strategic support for all operational assessments at DAGER. Mr. Clemmensen led planning and writing of all Bomb Squad Test Bed assessments of EOD and SWAT Response Robots. He participated in the conduct of other Test Bed assessments including the Body Bomb Tool Kit, Portable X-ray Systems, and the VBIED Response Re-baseline. Mr. Clemmensen has authored an article in The Detonator, multiple Test Bed reports, and coauthored two IEEE articles on sensor research. He is a recipient of the Royal Defuzilier award for service to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal community, and is currently a member of IABTI Region IV.

Tony Hammerquist, PMP

Tony Hammerquist, PMP

Principal

Mr. Hammerquist served in the U.S. Army for 20 years and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for 11 years prior to joining DAGER Technology. He brings 25 years’ experience as a bomb disposal technician with 14 years concentrating on weapons of mass destruction and electronic countermeasures. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security Management, is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Homeland Security Exercise & Evaluation Program (HSEEP) qualified, and worked as an FBI adjunct instructor at the Hazardous Devices School on electronic countermeasures theory and operations. He also served as an adjunct instructor for the California Specialized Training Institute on First Responder HAZMAT awareness, operations, nuclear/biological/chemical response, and Incident Command System. Mr. Hammerquist has led planning and conduct of the Bomb Squad Test Bed X-Ray Pulse Controller assessment and has written numerous test bed reports and other special project reports.  He is currently serving as Director for the National Capitol Chapter of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI).

Ben Smith

Ben Smith

Principal

Mr. Smith is a security architect and researcher with over a decade of experience in the software security environment. Before joining DAGER Technology, he developed and wrote software for the first counter-drone system based on protocol manipulation, created multiple open-source projects for wireless networks, and created a suite of tools for creating distributed virtual file systems in free ram memory of HP printers. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge on training courses, software testing, and system architecture. He is the co-author of the book Defense Against the Black Arts: How Hackers Do What They Do and How To Protect Against It , appeared on National Geographic, and currently holds certifications in Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP), Network Plus, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) General Class Ham Radio.

William Borbidge

William Borbidge

Senior Associate

Mr. Borbidge served as a police officer with the Philadelphia Police Department for three decades. His experience includes patrolling the streets of North Philadelphia, serving as a member of the bomb squad, and diving for the department’s marine unit. He is the author of the book, Bombs: Defusing the Threat, a current member of the IABTI and a former Chapter Director, and was instrumental in establishing Pennsylvania’s Hoax Law. Mr. Borbidge was the lead planner for several of DAGER’s Test Bed assessments including the Comparative Disruptor and Immediate Action Tools for VBIED Assessments.

Tom Lynch

Tom Lynch

Senior Associate

Prior to joining DAGER, Mr. Lynch served on the Philadelphia Police Department for over two decades, with the majority of his time assigned to the bomb squad. Mr. Lynch has been involved with numerous federal, state, and local explosives-related assignments. He provided support to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP) as a program analyst for the National Counter-IED Capabilities Analysis Database. He also served as the lead workshop developer for the Multi-Jurisdiction IED Security Planning Program. Mr. Lynch currently serves as the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) Explosive/IED Section Chairman. He acts as a liaison representative to the National Bomb Squad Commanders Advisory Board (NBSCAB), International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI), Combating Terrorism Technology Support Office (CTTSO), and DHS-OBP.

Tony Versino

Tony Versino

Senior Associate

Mr. Versino has a bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology with an emphasis on nanotechnology.  He is a Certified International Mine Action Standards (IMAS) EOD Level 3 Operator, a United Nations Safe and Secure Approaches in Field Environments (SSAFE) Instructor and is a certified Remote Pilot Airman.  Prior to joining DAGER, Tony spent the last seven years working for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) as a Chemical Weapons/Munitions Specialist Inspector, where he had experience leading field operations involving the analysis, sampling, and exploitation of terrorist improvised chemical weapons.  He has instructed and facilitated frequent courses on live chemical agent training, chemical detection technologies, and Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) techniques for chemical weapons and munitions.  Mr. Versino has over two decades of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and weapons of mass destruction operational experience with 15-years concentrating on CBRN weapons.  He has conducted EOD missions and CBRNE emergency responses in multiple theaters of operation while serving in the U.S. Air Force as an EOD technician and as a UXO Specialist with the U.S. Army 20th CBRNE Support Command.

 

James Hobson-Smith, PRINCE2®

James Hobson-Smith, PRINCE2®

Senior Operations Associate

Mr. Hobson-Smith completed 20 years of service with the British Army, his final three years serving as Joint Improvised Threat Defeat Organizations (JIDO) J7 Sergeant Major in the United States. He has 20 years of experience in Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Search (EOD&S) operations and is qualified in the three facets that comprise the UK’s EOD&S capability: Royal Engineer Bomb Disposal Officer, Joint Service Improvised Explosive Device Operator, and High-Risk Search Advisor. Mr. Hobson-Smith is certified in Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute (UK), is a certified Remote Pilot Airman, Homeland Security Exercise & Evaluation Program (HSEEP) qualified, and is also a PRINCE2® certified practitioner in Project Management. James has instructed EOD&S both domestically and abroad as well as to foreign militaries. He has acted as a guest instructor at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Hazardous Devices School during the implementation of threat assessment training. He also delivered instruction on behalf of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), United States Secret Service and U.S. Law Enforcement at both state and local level. During his military career, he deployed to numerous theaters of operation and gained invaluable experience combatting terrorism at the tactical and operational level. It was this experience which enabled him to assist JIDO in producing unmanned aerial systems tactics, techniques and procedures which are now employed throughout those theatres.

Aaron "Pete" Peterson

Aaron "Pete" Peterson

Senior Associate

Mr. Peterson comes to DAGER Technology with over 20 years of experience in physical security, operations, and WMD/CBRNE and eight years of experience in critical infrastructure protection/resiliency. He served in military EOD for over two decades and was part of the U.S. Department of Defense WMD Joint Task Force. During his prior experience, he was the lead liaison to multiple organizations including the U.S. Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Department of Energy, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, FBI Joint Program Office for Countering IEDs, FBI Counter IED Unit, Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization, and U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Mr. Peterson received his Associates in Applied Science – Law Enforcement from Central Texas College and has completed over 50 courses and training pertaining to EOD, operations, and physical security.

Chris Cotone

Chris Cotone

Senior Associate

Mr. Cotone brings over 30 years of experience in law enforcement to DAGER Technology, serving as a first responder, police lieutenant and senior bomb technician (HDS Class B-3-95).  As a bomb technician, Chris was also assigned as an Explosive Detection K9 Handler, completing hundreds of K9 sweeps during bomb threats and for VIP protective details at various venues. Mr. Cotone has completed over 4000 hours of training in EOD, WMD, HAZMAT, and Clandestine Drug and Explosive Lab subject matter. He is a Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) Certified Instructor, certified HazMat Technician and served with the Maryland Army National Guard.  He has an extensive background in operational testing and evaluation of Improvised Explosive Device Defeat (IEDD) equipment and procedures, deployment of new technologies, and emergency response training exercises. Mr. Cotone has served as an Adjunct Instructor for the ATF, USMC, DEA, and Louisiana State University in explosive / WMD training programs for first responders. Mr. Cotone received numerous awards and commendations for outstanding work during his tenure with the police department including the 2016 Virginia Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Commonwealth of Virginia Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Mr. Cotone serves as an active member of the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Dept.

Catherine Pajic

Catherine Pajic

Senior Associate

Prior to joining DAGER, Ms. Pajic was a freelance writer and consultant in Washington, D.C. She spent nearly three decades implementing and managing projects related to security and international relations. Ms. Pajic earned a master’s degree in Russian Area Studies from Georgetown University and did her undergraduate work in Mass Communication at Boston University.

Sierra Cory

Sierra Cory

Senior Associate, Principal Technical Writer

Ms. Cory holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, with an emphasis in editing. She provides technical writing and editing support and acts as the facility security officer (FSO) for DAGER. Ms. Cory has personally edited more than 60 Bomb Squad Test Bed reports and has over ten years of experience writing and editing technical documents.

Allegra Westfall

Allegra Westfall

Graphic Designer, Illustrator

Ms. Westfall holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Utah, and has been working as a professional graphic designer and digital illustrator for the last decade. She provides technical illustrations and graphic design for DAGER. Most recently, her illustrations have been included in multiple FBI Special Technicians Bulletins and Test Bed reports. She has also designed several wall boards documenting the program’s success that now hang in government offices.

Krysta Zakrzewski, CMP

Krysta Zakrzewski, CMP

Event Planner/Manager

Ms. Zakrzewski holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Virginia Tech, and has been working as a Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) for the last decade.  Prior to working for DAGER, she was the Director of Meetings and Conventions for the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).  She provides event and meeting logistical support, as well as operational support and marketing for DAGER.