Booz Allen pipes aboard Coast Guard admiral as senior VP

Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen has joined Booz Allen Hamilton as a senior vice president in the firm’s justice and homeland security business, the company announced today.

Allen will lead development of thought leadership and client engagement regarding the direction of law enforcement and homeland security, according to the Nov. 28 company announcement.

In addition to his main focus in the homeland security market, Allen will contribute to other firm initiatives in energy, defense and international markets.

As commandant of the Coast Guard and a four-star admiral, Allen led an organization of 90,000 active-duty military, civilian staffers, reservists and volunteer auxiliaries. In addition, he led a major effort to update the Coast Guard’s command and logistics organizations and address future maritime challenges.

Upon his retirement from the Coast Guard in May 2010, he served as the national incident commander for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill as a member of the senior executive service within the Homeland Security Department.

Since leaving government, Allen has been a senior fellow with Rand Corp., where he focused on building resiliency in communities, disaster response, maritime safety and security, border security, maritime policy, defense support to civilian authorities, and information sharing.

He will continue to serve as a presidential appointee on the National Science Foundation’s Blue Ribbon panel on Antarctica. He also serves as a director at the Partnership for Public Service and the Coast Guard Foundation.

Allen has a bachelor’s degree from the Coast Guard Academy, a master’s degree in public administration from George Washington University, and a master’s degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management.

Booz Allen Hamilton, of McLean, Va., ranks No. 9 on Washington Technology’s 2011 Top 100 list of the largest federal government contractors.

About the Author

David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

Reader Comments

Wed, Nov 30, 2011 Disgusted Citizen

This is exactly what's wrong with our current system. The "retirement age" is too young and so, most DoD brass hire on to very large government contractor payrolls as very high paid "consultants" or lobbyists and using their former connections in the military get very favorable treatment for their new employer(s). I am NOT saying this former Coast Guard officer will do this -- but money talks in Washington and the system has become quite corrupt. Former President Eisenhower warned Congress and the American voters of this very same issue back in the 1950's and 1960's. There are several very informative books out on this very same issue that "The Observer" alluded to in his comments.

Tue, Nov 29, 2011 The Observer

The key to transparency is to monitor who will win any future Coast Guard contracts. Will it be BAH or one of their partners?

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