David Kontny

David Kontny has extensive experience with working dogs and currently serves as the Vice Chairman for the Scientific Working Group for Dog and Orthogonal Guidelines (SWGDOG) and Co-Chair of the National Explosives Detection Canine Advisory Board as well as overseeing explosives detection canine policies and standards during his current detail with the Department of Justice Joint Program Office for Combating Terrorist use of Explosives.  Prior to his current position Mr. Kontny served in various positions with the Department of Homeland Security, most recently as the Chief of Staff, Office of Infrastructure Protection.  Dave was designated as the Acting Deputy Director of the Protective Security Coordination Division (PSCD) within the DHS Office of Infrastructure Protection in September 2009.  Dave joined PSCD in September 2007 and served as the Senior Advisor, National Canine Policy and Standards for the Division’s Office for Bombing Prevention.  He became the Office for Bombing Prevention Deputy Chief in December 2008. In this role, Mr. Kontny provided leadership and coordination within DHS on explosive threats and countermeasures, while working with Federal, State, and local government partners to enhance and integrate national capabilities to combat explosive attacks.   Prior to joining PSCD, Mr. Kontny was assigned as the Director, National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program within the Transportation Security Administration, and as the Department of Defense Explosives Canine Coordinator for both the 1992 Republican National Convention and the 1994 World Cup Soccer Events.

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