Admiral Thad Allen (United States Coast Guard, Retired) has been named a Senior Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton. Allen will join the firm's Justice and Homeland Security business and lead development of thought leadership and client engagement regarding the direction of law enforcement and Homeland Security 10 years after 9/11.
Allen brings to Booz Allen unique experience as the head of a major homeland security agency (USCG), as well as an unequalled record at achieving operational effectiveness at the interagency level.
"Thad's 40 years of experience in critical operational missions, including leadership of the nation's largest "whole of government" responses during Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, will allow him to provide a unique perspective on how government agencies must evolve during the next decade," said Ralph W. Shrader, Booz Allen's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "His years of service to our country will be an invaluable asset to our clients as we help them achieve their important missions in a vastly different budget environment."
In addition to his main focus in the homeland security market, Allen will contribute to other firm initiatives in energy, defense and international markets.
PHOTO: Admiral Thad Allen
"As I consider the next phase of my career, I'm pleased to have the opportunity at Booz Allen to take a broader perspective on issues so critical to our nation, promoting a discussion among government and industry about how to make our homeland security and law enforcement efforts even more effective as security and budget challenges become even tougher," Allen said.
As Commandant of the Coast Guard and a Four-Star Admiral, Allen led an organization comprised of 90,000 active-duty military, civilian staffers, reservists and volunteer auxiliaries. He led a major effort to update the Coast Guard's command and logistics organizations and address future maritime challenges. Allen worked very closely with the Department of Homeland Security, advancing much-needed operations and management coordination principles. He is recognized as a leader in homeland security strategy, with particular emphasis on achieving interagency unity of effort in the complex, multi-agency and multi-jurisdictional homeland security and law enforcement mission environment.
Upon his retirement as Commandant of the Coast Guard in May 2010, he continued to serve as the National Incident Commander for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill as a member of the Senior Executive Service within DHS. Since leaving government service, Allen has been a Senior Fellow with RAND Corporation, where he focused on building resiliency in communities, disaster response, maritime safety and security, border security, maritime policy, defense support to civilian authorities, and information sharing. Allen will continue to serve as a Presidential appointee on the National Science Foundation's Blue Ribbon panel on Antarctica. He also serves as a Director at the Partnership for Public Service and the Coast Guard Foundation.
Allen has a bachelor's degree from the Coast Guard Academy, a Master of Public Administration degree from The George Washington University, and a Masters Degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management.