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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).

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 co-authored the book Defense Against the Black Arts: How Hackers Do What They Do and How To Protect Against It and has appeared on National Geographic. His is a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP). He is also certified in Network Plus and as Federal Communications Commission (FCC) General Class Ham Radio operator.

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 and over two decades of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) operational experience. He is also a certified International Mine Action Standards (IMAS) EOD Level 3 operator, United Nations Safe and Secure Approaches in Field Environments (SSAFE) instructor, and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Remote Pilot Airman. Prior to joining DAGER, Mr. Versino spent the last seven years with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) as a Chemical Weapons/Munitions Specialist Inspector, where he led 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.  While serving in the U.S. Air Force and as an Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) Specialist with the U.S. Army, he conducted EOD missions and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRNE) emergency responses in multiple theaters of operation.

 

James Smith, PRINCE2®

James Smith, PRINCE2®

Senior Operations Associate

Mr. Smith served in the British Army for 20 years, with his final three as Joint Improvised Threat Defeat Organizations (JIDO) J7 Sergeant Major in the United States. He has two decades 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. During his military career, he deployed to numerous theaters of operation, combatting terrorism at the tactical and operational levels. This experience enabled him to assist JIDO in producing unmanned aerial systems tactics, techniques and procedures that are now employed throughout those theatres. Mr. Smith has instructed EOD&S both domestically and abroad as well as to foreign militaries, has been a guest instructor at the FBI’s Hazardous Devices School in threat assessment, and has taught on behalf of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), United States Secret Service, and law enforcement agencies at state and local levels. Mr. Smith is certified in Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute (UK) and PRINCE2® Project Management, and is Homeland Security Exercise & Evaluation Program (HSEEP) qualified. He is also an FAA certified Remote Pilot Airman.

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 was a breakout session presenter at the 2019 Bomb Squad Commanders Conference.

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.