David VanderWeele

David VanderWeele

Physical Security Program Manager

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

David VanderWeele has been with the U.S. Department of the Interior for 22 years as a physical security specialist and emergency manager. He has been with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) under the Department of the Interior for four years as the physical security program manager and deputy chief of the Office of Emergency Management and Physical Security. The U.S. FWS mission is “working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.”

The FWS has 570 National Wildlife Refuges, 38 wetland management districts and 70 national fish hatcheries encompassing about 95 million land acres and 760 million marine acres. The FWS has about 8,000 employees with nearly 700 field offices throughout the United States and its territories. The Physical Security Program is primarily responsible for monitoring the FWS’s compliance with physical security requirements established by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Department of the Interior guidelines. As the physical security program manager, VanderWeele provides guidance and establishes clear policies and procedures that implement physical security programs to ensure the FWS’ facilities, personnel and visitors are adequately protected. He also ensures that physical security assessments on FWS facilities are conducted and coordinates with the facilities management staff to ensure implementation of countermeasures recommended to mitigate physical security vulnerabilities.


From Siloed Security to the Convergence of Integrated Security in the Government Space

Tuesday, May 21st

The time to modernize and bring together previously siloed security systems and create a paradigm shift for how government facilities and agencies approach security is now. The advancement of technologies and OT/IoT devices are increasingly bringing all facets of an operation or business into an interconnected cyber-physical ecosystem that can make traditional physical security and safety systems more vulnerable. Discussions will explore creating an infrastructure that supports a common operating environment to refocus emphasis from single-problem sets to holistic, connected views for better situational awareness and actionable intelligence.