Senior Science Advisor, Cybersecurity
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Mr. Donald L. Coulter serves as the Senior Science Advisor for Cybersecurity within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate. In this capacity he is responsible for providing strategic and technical leadership for S&T’s cybersecurity RDT&E initiatives and investments, and expert advice on next-generation and emerging capabilities that advance the Department’s cybersecurity mission and address Congressional, White House, Secretarial, and Under-Secretarial initiatives. Mr. Coulter is also responsible for creating and communicating forward-looking research agendas informing high priority requirements, policy, and strategy at the highest levels within the Department, serving as the technical advisor representing the Department and S&T Directorate in the cybersecurity R&D domain.
He previously served as the Senior Science & Technology (S&T) Advisor for the Army Network Cross-Functional Team (N-CFT) and the Network S&T Portfolio Manager for Army Futures Command Headquarters. In these capacities, he oversaw a research portfolio across the Network / Command, Control, Communications, Computers, CEMA, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) technology domains. He advised senior leaders and collaborated with Army, DoD, Industry and Academia partners to identify and seize opportunities to develop, integrate, and transition technologies to enhance Army technological superiority.
Prior to joining the N-CFT, he served in a variety of roles within the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) C5ISR Center, including Chief of Commercial Technology Integration and Evaluation, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Lead for Trusted Systems & Networks, and Lead for Mission Command Technologies. His previous research spanned secure software engineering, cryptographic systems, distributed / mobile computing, and Human Computer Interaction. He has a BS in Computer Science from Bethune-Cookman University, a MS in Business Administration from Texas A&M University-Texarkana, and a MS in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology. He also holds the (ISC)2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification.