The Federal Communications Commission tapped Nov. 20 Rear Adm. David Simpson as chief of FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau.
David Turetsky, former chief of PSHSB, will act as the coordinator of FCC’s informal task force on international disasters.
“Simpson’s extensive experience managing and securing complex and disparate information environments worldwide makes him exceptionally well suited to lead PSHSB,” said Tom Wheeler, FCC chairman, in a statement.
Simpson previously served as vice director of the Defense Information Systems Agency. During his time there, he helped provide interoperable global communications for the defense community.
Simpson also served as director for communications and information services for U.S. forces in Baghdad, assisting the Iraqi government in building capacity for the information and communications sector.
“[Simpson] has a proven track record working with a diverse community of government agencies to manage integration of communications systems in challenging environments, and the public safety and network security communities will benefit from that depth of expertise and experience,” Wheeler said.
Simpson graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1982 and later received his master’s degree in systems technology from the Naval Postgraduate School.