Acting Executive Assistant Administrator, Operations Support
Transportation Security Administration
Austin Gould is the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) assistant administrator for requirements and capabilities analysis. He is responsible for strengthening TSA’s operational capabilities and achieving optimal mission performance through analysis and innovation. Gould has served in this role since June 2018 and is a member of the Senior Executive Service. He also serves as the TSA component requirements executive, identifying the operational requirements for transportation security equipment at airports nationwide. Gould also directs TSA’s capability management functions, ensuring robust support of equipment across the enterprise, supervises the TSA risk analytics and procedures groups and served as chair of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Joint Requirements Council from 2019 to 2021.
Gould is concurrently serving as the acting executive assistant administrator for operations support, supporting intelligence and analysis of threats related to transportation security and oversees all TSA enrollment, vetting, credentialing and prescreening programs. He is also responsible for the development and coordination of multimodal security policy and programs, and oversees interagency research and development efforts, improving operational capabilities in order to meet the TSA missions.
Gould holds a Bachelor of Science in government from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a Master of Business Administration from New York University. He is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School in acquisition management and holds a DHS Level III Acquisition Program Management Certificate.
Navigating the Use of Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Counter-UAS to Protect Federal Assets and High-Profile Events
Uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS) and counter-UAS (C-UAS) provide situational awareness and mitigation capabilities through rapidly deployable, mobile and portable employment modes. C-UAS technologies are used for collecting, analyzing and sharing actionable intelligence; detecting and disrupting threats; protecting designated leadership, events and soft targets; and countering weapons of mass destruction and emerging threats.
The use of UAS and C-UAS lacks federal regulatory clarity and congressional oversight remains highly fragmented. Panelists will explore the necessary considerations when using UAS/C-UAS to protect government assets, the dynamics which impact government agencies and technology providers, the latest on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security procurement processes and funding options for this technology and “who” is authorized to use it.