Executive Tours

Executive Tours give senior leaders in the Council the opportunity to witness firsthand the unique operational challenges of homeland security in the Washington region and across the country.

Through a combination of high-level briefings, facility tours, technology demonstrations, and robust roundtable discussions with critical homeland security officials from local, state, and federal agencies, our Executive Tours  facilitate a collaborative approach and an important understanding for industry of the perspectives and needs of the on-ground officials.

Summary of Past Tours: 

Burlington, Vermont and Champlain, New York | October 2018

Council members traveled to Burlington, Vermont and Champlain, New York to visit critical operational facilities run by ICE and CBP. The three day program included briefings, discussions, and facility tours at the ICE ERO Law Enforcement Support Center; the Homeland Security Investigations’ Tip Line Operations and Bulk Cash Smuggling Center; and the ICE National Criminal Analysis & Targeting Center. Members also toured CBP’s Office of Field Operations at the Port of Entry in Champlain and participated in a Reverse Industry Day set of panels for the USCIS contracting personnel based in Burlington. 

FBI's Criminal Justice Information Service Division | June 2018

On June 25th and 26th, the Council brought 27 members to visit the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS) in Clarksburg, West Virginia. The FBI’s CJIS is a high-tech hub that provides a range of state of-the-art tools, technologies, and services to law enforcement, national security, and intelligence community partners around the world. The CJIS Division is the largest division of the FBI and serves as the focal point and central repository for criminal justice information services.  

Laredo, TX | November 2017

The Council traveled to Laredo, TX to visit the busiest land border crossing in the U.S. The two day trip included briefings by ICE officials at the Rio Grande Detention Center, an evening with CBP Border Patrol which included an air boat tour and witnessing their night operations with the horse patrol along the border, and meetings with the CBP Office of Field Operations to view processing and inspection operations for vehicles, pedestrians, and agriculture coming in from Mexico.

Atlantic City, NJ and JFK airport: Transportation Security Laboratory and CBP Operations | June 2017

The Council held an Executive Tour at the Transportation Security Laboratory (TSL) just outside of Atlantic City, NJ and at the CBP Office of Field Operations at JFK Airport. The two day program included briefing and demonstrations on the TSL core competencies and current initiatives, and attendees learned more about CBP’s Entry/Exit operations.

Redstone Arsenal/Huntsville, AL: FBI TEDAC & AFT NCETR | May 2017

On the Council's Executive Tour  to Redstone Arsenal/Huntsville, AL, members visited the FBI Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC) and ATF National Center for Explosives Training and Research (NCETR).  The program included a full day of briefings, tours, demonstrations, and roundtable discussions with  ATF, FBI, and DoD leaders.  

Quantico, VA: FBI Academy | November 2016

Nearly 40 Council members spent a full day at the FBI’s Quantico facility touring the campus and engaging with leadership from the FBI Training Division and Critical Incident Response Group.

Ottawa and Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Immigration & Preclearance | October 2016

Council members traveled to Canada to meet with officials in Ottawa to gain a better understanding of the collaboration among agencies relating to immigration and refugee processing, cybersecurity, and border security; and to learn more about the Toronto International Airport security procedures and its U.S. CBP Preclearance operations.

Charleston, SC & Glynco, GA:  FLETC Operations and Port Security

June 2016

A group of 21 Council members traveled to Charleston, SC and Glynco, GA for an Executive Tour featuring visits with CBP and Coast Guard at the Port of Charleston and an in-depth look at the Federal Law Enforcement Center (FLETC) operations in Charleston and Glynco.

Seattle, WA: Homeland Security Challenges in the Pacific Northwest 

October 2015

The Council brought 21 members to Seattle, WA for an Executive Tour focused on the homeland security operations in the Pacific Northwest. The three day tour included briefings from and visits to the Coast Guard Base, CBP’s Office of Field Operations and Border Patrol, DHS Pacific Northwest Inter-Agency Task Force, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USCIS, and the TSA.

El Paso, TX: DoD and DHS Southwest Border Operations

March 2015 

Twenty-two Council members attended our Executive Tour to El Paso, TX on March 23rd-24th. The purpose of the trip was to provide an opportunity for member companies to see and better understand the working environment and complexities associated along the Southwest border. The visit included briefings from and visits to DoD's Joint Task Force North (JTFN), CBP's Office of Field Operations (OFO) and Border Patrol, the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC), the FBI, and ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Los Angeles, CA: Transportation, Border, Maritime, and Law Enforcement Coordination

November 2014

Twenty-three Council members representing 18 companies attended our fifth out-of-town Executive Tour to Los Angeles from Nov. 3-5th. Members participated in tours, briefings, and discussions with the Coast Guard and CBP at the Ports of LA and Long Beach; CBP, TSA, and local officials at the LAX Airport; and various local, state, and federal local law enforcement agencies at the LA Joint Regional Intelligence Center.

Northern Border: Border and Maritime Security

October 2013

Twenty-three Council members participated in our Northern Border Executive Tour in Detroit, MI and Windsor, Canada on October 28th and 29th. This two day program focused on border and maritime security, and provided our members with a greater understanding of how the U.S. and Canada are working together to deter threats while facilitating lawful travel and trade. Attendees participated in a combination of tours, high-level briefings, and roundtable discussions with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Office of Field Operations, Air and Marine, and Border Patrol), U.S. Coast Guard, Canadian Border Services Agency, Windsor Port Authority, and Canadian Royal Mounted Police.

South Florida: Maritime and Aviation Security

October 2012

More than 20 senior executives from 15 member companies took part in a three day Executive Tour to Key West and Miami, Florida. The trip included a combination of on-site tours, briefings and discussions with the Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S); U.S. Coast Guard Sector Key West; SOUTHCOM; U.S. Coast Guard Sector Miami; U.S. Customs & Border Protection; the Port of Miami; South Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area; and the Miami International Airport. This extensive group of meetings and briefings in both locations provided Council members with a unique opportunity to see how the various agencies and components are striving to work together in the coordination of drug interdiction, human trafficking, and threat of terrorism over an area that is surrounded entirely by water.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Headquarters

September 2012

As a follow-up from a Thought Leadership Executive Briefing, a group of Council members participated in a tour and roundtable discussion at the Washington, DC headquarters of the ATF. Council members met with James McDermond, AD, Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information; John Torres, DAD, Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information; Victoria Gold, DAD for Science & Technology and Deputy CIO; and Kevin O'Keefe, Chief of the Criminal Intelligence Division. Topics of discussion included the current status of technology systems, information sharing challenges, mobility, BYOD policies, and ways of improving industry-government dialogue on technical problems and solutions.

NYC/NJ REGION: Protection, Preparedness & Resilience

June 2012

Over two dozen senior executives, representing 22 member companies, took part in a two day visit of briefings, tours, and roundtable discussions in New Jersey and New York. The visit focused on meeting with the leading local, regional, state, and federal officials to learn more about emergency response coordination and risk management in the highest risk urban area of the country. The tour exposed Council members to what is going on at all levels of government in the homeland security emergency management space. The program included tours of the new Port Authority Trans Hudson Emergency Operations Center, the New York City Emergency Operations Center, and a special visit to the 9/11 Memorial. It also included extensive briefings and discussions with officials from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, the New York City Office of Emergency Management, the New York National Guard, as well as both the New York and New Jersey State Offices of Homeland Security.

Pentagon Force Protection Agency

May 2012

A group of Council members toured the Pentagon Force Protection Agency's Integrated Emergency Operations Center, followed by a roundtable discussion with Steven Calvery, Director of the PFPA, Dr. Dan Walsh, Chief of the Science and Technology Office, and other officials.

Southwest Border: Border Security

December 2011

Twenty-eight Council members participated in an Executive Tour of the Southwest Border in Arizona and California. The purpose of the tour was for industry executives to gain a better understanding of the dynamics, communication, coordination and strategic approach to the manpower, technology, and infrastructure needed to secure the Southwest Border of the United States. Over the course of four days, Council members visited the Joint Field Command and Joint Intelligence Operations Center in Tucson, Arizona; the Ports of Entry in Nogales, Arizona and San Diego, California; the San Diego Law Enforcement Coordination Center; the San Diego Border Patrol Headquarters in Chula Vista, California; and the Air and Marine Operations Center in Riverside, California. In addition to these tours, members also participated in a number of roundtable discussions on the challenges that local, state, and federal officials face in securing the border and facilitating lawful travel and trade. Members met with officials from the Department of Defense's Joint Task Force North, the Arizona Governor's Office, the Arizona - Mexico Commission, Senator McCain's Tucson Office, local and state law enforcement officials, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Coast Guard, FBI, and Customs and Border Protection, specifically representatives from the Office of Border Patrol, Office of Field Operations, and Office of Air and Marine.

National Counter-Terrorism Center

March 2011

Members toured the National Counter-Terrorism Center followed by a lunch and discussion with Retired Air Force General Michael Hayden, former CIA Director and NSA Director.

Washington Regional Threat & Analysis Center

August 2010

Council members visited with officials from the Washington Regional Threat and Analysis Center (WRTAC) and toured the Unified Command Center, Emergency Operations Center, and Fusion Center. The group was also briefed by the Deputy Director of the Homeland Security Bureau of the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department.

U.S. Secret Service

October 2009

The Council toured the U.S. Secret Service Headquarters. The tour included the Intelligence Division, Protection Detail, Duty Desk, Museum, Financial Crime Division, and Counterfeiting Investigations Division.