Senior Counsel, Office of Legal Policy
U.S. Department of Justice
Kevin Jinks is Senior Counsel in the Office of Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice. He retired from the Army in 2019 after serving over 20 years as an Infantry Officer and Judge Advocate, spending his last three years as the senior legal advisor for the Army Special Mission Unit at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. After an initial year at Fort Benning, Georgia, Kevin spent three years as a platoon leader and staff officer at the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment, The Old Guard, Fort Myer, Virginia. He spent the night of September 11, 2001, at the Pentagon attack site and then led his platoon there over the next three weeks conducting body recovery, debris removal, and security. Kevin deployed as a Judge Advocate six times to Iraq and one time to Afghanistan. He has advised at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels, including: 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division; 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne); 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); and the U.S. Cyber Command. He is a graduate of the University of the Notre Dame (1999), the University of Florida Levin College of Law (2006), and Georgetown Law (National Security LL.M., 2015).
In 2018, Congress and President Trump granted the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security new legal authorities to employ counter-UAS measures to perform certain missions and protect certain critical assets against unauthorized drones. Since the legislative authorization, U.S. Attorney General William Barr recently issued guidance for the DOJ’s use of counter-drone authorities and technologies, ensuring that the department continues to carry out its law enforcement and national security missions while respecting individuals’ privacy, civil rights and civil liberties. This session will provide update on the current guidance and next steps for counter-drone technology implementations.