Admiral David Simpson Appointed as FCC Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Chief
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Posted by: Chris Nussman
NENA welcomes FCC
Chairman Tom Wheeler’s appointment of Admiral David Simpson as Chief of the
Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. As our nation continues to
move into an IP network-based world and as cybersecurity becomes increasingly
critical to both 9-1-1 and public safety communications, Admiral Simpson’s
prior professional experience will be a key asset for both the Bureau and the
Commission. Bureau Chief Simpson has the good fortune to work with a
remarkable Bureau staff. NENA looks forward to working with Admiral
Simpson on 9-1-1 matters.
NENA also thanks David Turetsky for the
excellent job done while serving as Bureau Chief. David is a strong
advocate of the public’s interest in ensuring that 9-1-1, the first link in the
public safety chain of response, is available in to all Americans in their
critical moment of need.
Read the full FCC announcement below....
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced his intention to name Rear Admiral David
Simpson as Chief of the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
(PSHSB). Admiral Simpson brings more than twenty years of Information and
Communications Technology experience supporting the Department of Defense,
working closely with other agencies to provide secure communication services
and improve cyberdefense readiness.
Wheeler said, "The FCC plays an essential role in ensuring that public safety
agencies have the access to communications needed to fulfill their mission of
safeguarding the American public. At a time when our networks are
continuously being attacked, it is also important to have someone with Admiral
Simpson’s cybersecurity skills. Admiral Simpson’s extensive experience
managing and securing complex and disparate information environments worldwide
makes him exceptionally well suited to lead PSHSB. He has a proven track
record working with a diverse community of government agencies to manage
integration of communications systems in challenging environments, and the
public safety and network security communities will benefit from that depth of
expertise and experience.”
Simpson was most recently the vice director of the Defense Information Systems
Agency (DISA). In that capacity, he helped lead an organization responsible for
planning, developing, and providing interoperable global communications for the
Defense community. He also served as a senior delegate to the 2012 ITU
World Radio Telecommunications Conference, and the World Conference on
International Telecom (WCIT).
From 2009 through 2010, as Director for Communications and Information Services
for U.S. Forces Iraq in Baghdad, he synchronized strategic and
operational-level communications for U.S. Forces and assisted the Government of
Iraq in building capacity for the information and communications technology
sector. Simpson’s extensive career includes assignments with responsibility for
Networks, IT and Crisis Communications for afloat and other deployed forces in
Europe, Africa, Asia and South America.
is a native of Burbank California and a 1982 graduate of the United States
Naval Academy, and received a master's degree in Systems Technology from the
Naval Postgraduate School.
Wheeler today also announced that David Turetsky will take on a new role, and
will serve as Coordinator of the FCC’s informal task force on the FCC response
to international disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan, drawing from his experience
dealing with U.S. disaster response.
Wheeler praised Mr. Turetsky’s tenure as head of PSHSB: "Under David Turetsky,
PSHSB took a leadership role in working to promote the availability and
reliability of current and next generation communications to make people safer
in emergencies, and crafted the FCC’s response to several significant natural disasters,
such as the Derecho in 2012 and Superstorm Sandy. I think David for his
contribution to the Bureau and I am looking forward to working with him in his