KEYNOTE: David Simpson, U.S. Navy, and (former) FCC

David Simpson,
Rear Admiral (Ret.), United States Navy, and
(former) Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau,
Federal Communication Council

David Simpson has influenced U.S. Nation Defense and Homeland Security policy for over thirty years. He currently is leading Pelorus Consulting Services, Specializing in national defense, public safety, telecommunications, and Cybersecurity. He is a Professor at Virginia Tech, leading Cybersecurity Risk studies for Pamplin College of Business.

He Previously served as Chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau from 2013- 2017. As Bureau Chief, he oversaw public safety, emergency management, communication resiliency, cybersecurity and disaster preparedness activities for over 30,000 commercial companies in the telecommunications sector.

Rear Admiral Simpson served in the U.S. Navy in leadership positions at sea and around the world, for over thirty years. As Flag Officer he served as Director of Navy Networks, Vice Director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and Director of Communications and Information Services in Iraq. He had Space, Combat Systems and Information Technology assignments in multiple countries around the world. He Served as a senior delegate to the ITU World Radio Telecommunications Conference and to the World Conference on International Telecom (WCIT).

Admiral Simpson is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and earned a master’s degree in space systems technology from the Naval Postgraduate School.