National Security Council

The mission of the WashingtonExec National Security Council is to unite industry leaders that focus their support on the government’s national security and homeland security enterprise by facilitation of open, transparent, and trusted dialogue, ideas, and perspectives between industry executives and their counterparts in government. In providing a platform for unique collaboration, the National Security Council will enhance the partnership of key industry capabilities with Homeland Security and other relevant national security agencies.


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Dr. Cedric Sims, Booz Allen Hamilton
Dr. Cedric Sims, Senior Vice President – Justice, Homeland Security, and Transportation, Booz Allen Hamilton

Dr. Cedric Sims is a senior leader within Booz Allen’s Justice, Homeland Security, and Transportation business. Cedric develops strategies to foster integration across the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and delivers expertise, primarily cyber and analytics, to support complex missions. He has more than 25 years of experience in acquisitions and risk management, cybersecurity, capital planning, portfolio and program governance, and systems engineering applied to homeland security missions.

Prior to joining Booz Allen, Cedric served as president of Evermay Consulting Group, where he advised companies with strategic acquisition guidance, capture, and proposal services in delivering government services and technology solutions.

From 2010 until 2012, Cedric established and led the DHS Office of Program Accountability and Risk Management. As a lead executive in the Management Directorate, his efforts promoted better accountability of the $18 billion portfolio of DHS acquisition investments and matured the acquisition risk management process. Cedric’s portfolio included policy, governance, support services, program management certification and training, and risk management strategies related to program execution. He also chaired the Centers of Excellence Council and provided strategic leadership to component acquisition executives. Cedric also served as executive director of the Enterprise Business Management Office within the DHS Office of the Chief Information Officer. He oversaw enterprise strategies for governance of $6.4 billion of IT investments across DHS.

Before joining DHS Headquarters, Cedric served in leadership roles within the U.S. Secret Service. He defined, developed, and implemented a concept of future operations and facilitated the development of the Secret Service’s first, portfolio-based, 5-year budget that aligned with agency, departmental, and presidential objectives. While with the Secret Service, he also served as branch chief of network management, DHS senior infrastructure officer, and interagency communication coordination at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, G8 Summit in Sea Island, and various United Nations General Assemblies.

Cedric holds a B.S. in computer science, a B.S. in journalism, and a doctorate in engineering, all from Texas A&M University.

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John P. Woods Vice President & DHS Client Executive CACI International, Inc.
John P. Woods, Vice President & DHS Client Executive, CACI International, Inc.

Mr. John P. Woods currently serves as the Vice President and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Client Executive for CACI International, Inc. As the DHS Client Executive Mr. Woods coordinates CACI’s presence across the areas the Homeland Security marketplace with strategic focus on the capabilities of the eleven business groups within CACI. Building on an existing portfolio of work, Mr. Woods provides a leadership role in formulating and executing the overall strategy and plan for mission related solutions.

Mr. Woods came to CACI after a 29-year law enforcement career and several years in other corporate DHS mission focused endeavors. Much of that time focused on Immigration enforcement, border security, and tactical national security initiatives and programs. Mr. Woods’ law enforcement career concluded as part of the senior executive service as the Assistant Director for U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) where he oversaw Homeland Security Investigations’ investigative, regulatory, and technological programs targeting transnational national security threats. Mr. Woods’ role provided strategic leadership in national security, immigration control, border security, and related policy development.

In 1986 Mr. Woods began his law enforcement career for the City of New York. Subsequent to that, Mr. Woods accepted appointment as a Special Agent with the U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS), the legacy agency to ICE. Mr. Woods ascended through the ranks of INS and ICE to serve in multiple positions; Supervisory Special Agent (New York City, NY & Alexandria, VA), Section Chief (Miami, FL), Assistant Special Agent in Charge (Miami, FL), Unit Chief (Washington, DC), Deputy Assistant Director (Washington, DC), Interim Special Agent in Charge (Newark, NJ), and Assistant Director (Vienna, VA).    

During the course of his career Mr. Woods was the recipient of three INS Commissioner’s awards. In 1996 for “Quality and Improvement”, 1998 for “Challenge Award – Interior Enforcement”, and 2000 “Meritorious Award”. Additionally, Mr. Woods was a recipient of an FBI Director’s award in 1994 for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing investigation and the subsequent Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman conspiracy prosecution. Throughout his career Mr. Woods was involved with multiple large scale investigations that garnered national attention.

A native of New York, Mr. Woods holds a degree from Long Island University, C.W. Post College. He has made multiple appearances before U.S. Congressional committees in testimony, in addition to published articles and speeches related to his law enforcement mission.



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