David Westin recently joined the PICA team as its Chief Operating Officer after spending the last 24 years as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. David’s career in the military enabled him to deploy to multiple areas of the globe, including five tours of duty to Iraq and the Gulf of Aden. In 2010, David helped pioneer the real-time interaction of social media and classified threat intelligence during earthquake recovery operations in Haiti. During his career, he gained a true understanding for the myriad security challenges around the globe as the senior intelligence officer for a forward deployed expeditionary unit, working with embassy security staffs in numerous countries to update their emergency plans. Most recently, David was at the vanguard of government cyberspace operations, facilitating the production of cyber threat intelligence in support of U.S. Cyber Command.
David is looking forward to the transition from military to private sector, and sees great opportunity as many of the skills he learned over the last 24 years apply directly to this field. From researching, to analyzing information, to making critical decisions that protect individuals in dangerous parts of the world, the requirement for a dedicated, proactive, assertive individual still exists. David notes the similarity between the intelligence and security fields. As he notes, the intelligence world is like a big jigsaw puzzle. The secret to success is not only understanding what the individual pieces are, but how to apply them to bring value to the bigger puzzle. This security field is very similar in that regard—each client is unique, and many have multi-tiered challenges that require us to use multiple pieces of the puzzle to give them the solution they need. He has spent the last 24 years finding the right pieces that kept service members safe. He is looking forward to applying the same principles to his new profession.
David has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from The Ohio State University, an MBA from Indiana University, and a masters of military studies degree from Australian National University.