Bryan Pendleton

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Bryan Pendleton

Chief Data Officer

Department of Homeland Security

Office of Intelligence and Analysis

Dr. Bryan Pendleton is Chief Data Officer for the Office of Intelligence and Analysis (OIA) in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and leads the Division for Data, Analytics, and Information Sharing.  He leads a large, complex data and analytics operation to create and deliver data-driven insights and value to core mission users.

According to Pendleton’s post on LinkedIn, the CDO role is critical to OIA because the organization — established in the wake of the 9/11 terror attack — exists to connect intelligence and law enforcement “dots” from all sources, including federal, state, and local agencies. These dots are pieces of data from human and signal intelligence, from open and closed sources.  And the CDO’s mission revolves around these dots.

Their objectives are to:

  • Identify the most relevant and reliable “dot” sources fit for purpose
  • Negotiate and secure access to these “dots”, in close collaboration with our legal, privacy, and civil rights partners
  • Govern, condition, and make these “dots” available while ensuring their protection, security, and appropriate use
  • Collaborate with our mission partners to team #datascientists with intelligence experts, employing #AI and #advancedanalytics to make sense of voluminous “dots”
  • Partner across the CIO organization to develop tools and enterprise solutions that can scale to ever-evolving analytic needs

Pendleton was previously served in numerous roles at DHS and the OIA including Director of the Homeland Identities, Targeting, and Exploitation Center (HITEC); Chief of the DHS Joint Analysis Group; and Deputy Chief Transformation Officer in the DHS OIA.  He taught at the National Graduate School of Quality Management. He also was an Intelligence Officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency, served as Senior Non-Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Army, and was Operations Manager for the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

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