Lead: Charles J. Guddemi

Federal Law Enforcement Officer

Charles J. Guddemi is currently a federal law enforcement officer with 23 years of experience.  He has worked in several different cities, including: San Francisco, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. He has held positions as a patrol officer, patrol supervisor, station commander, regional law enforcement specialist, commander of special operations, special events, and technical services.


Kenneth W. Comer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, George Mason University

Kenneth W. Comer, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University as well as a decision sciences expert with Booz Allen Hamilton. His current research centers on quantitative analysis and modeling of social systems and self-organizing social networks. In August 2012, he retired as a senior executive from the Department of Defense (DOD), where he had a number of assignments, culminating as deputy director of the Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO). His work was featured in an article in the 31 March 2011 article of Nature, entitled “Web of War.” He also served five years as a U.S. Navy nuclear submarine officer, and 22 years as an analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency. He holds a Ph.D. in systems engineering and operations research (from George Mason) and master’s degrees from The George Washington University and Georgetown University and a B.S. from Cornell.


Joseph Trindal

President and Founder, Direct Action Resilience LLC

Joseph Trindal is president and founder of Direct Action Resilience LLC, where he leads the company’s portfolio of public and private sector preparedness and response consulting, training, and exercise services. He also serves as president of the InfraGard National Capital Region Members Alliance. He retired in 2008 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where he had served as director for the National Capital Region, Federal Protective Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In that post, he was responsible for the physical security, law enforcement operations, emergency preparedness, and criminal investigations of almost 800 federal facilities throughout the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia, and suburban Maryland. He previously served, for 20 years, with the U.S. Marshals Service, attaining the position of chief deputy U.S. marshal and incident commander of an emergency response team. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, he holds degrees in both police science and criminal justice.