Mayer Brown partner Raj De has been appointed to the US Department of Homeland Security’s newly established Homeland Intelligence Experts Group (Experts Group), which aims to “support DHS’ vital work to protect our country,” according to the department.
The Experts Group is comprised of 17 private sector experts who will provide their advice and unique perspectives on the federal government’s intelligence enterprise and national security efforts to DHS’s Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) and the Office of the Counterterrorism Coordinator. The group will offer input on “I&A’s most complex problems and challenges, including terrorism, fentanyl, transborder issues, and emerging technology,” according to the department.
“The security of the American people depends on our capacity to collect, generate, and disseminate actionable intelligence to our federal, state, local, territorial, tribal, campus, and private sector partners,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas. “I express my deep gratitude to these distinguished individuals for dedicating their exceptional expertise, experience, and vision to our critical mission.”
After nearly two decades in private practice and public service across all three branches of the United States government, Raj is one of the most trusted voices in Washington. He leads Mayer Brown’s National Security and Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practices, and is a member of the firm’s Congressional Investigations & Crisis Management team.
Raj’s extensive government experience includes serving in the White House as staff secretary and deputy assistant to the President of the United States; serving as principal deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Policy at the Department of Justice; and serving as general counsel at the United States National Security Agency. His significant congressional experience includes serving as counsel to the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the “9/11 Commission”), and as counsel to a special bipartisan staff of the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, where he was a primary drafter and negotiator of the intelligence reform legislation that implemented the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations for the appointment of a director of national intelligence and the establishment of a National Counterterrorism Center.
Read DHS’s official announcement here.