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Philip J. Mattson

DHS Standards Executive, Science and Technology Directorate

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Philip (Phil) J. Mattson has served within the Office of Standards of the U.S. Department of Homeland (DHS) Security Science and Technology Directorate since 2008.

Mattson came to DHS from the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST’s) Office of Law Enforcement Standards, where he served as the program manager for critical incident technologies. While serving at NIST, Mr. Mattson managed a multi-million-dollar program with funding from DHS, the National Institute of Justice and NIST to develop a suite of standards to support the law enforcement and emergency response communities.

Mattson served 20 years in the United States Army as an engineer officer from 1977 until retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1998. He served in troop unit and staff assignments as a combat engineer and as a nuclear physicist with the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute, Defense Nuclear Agency and Field Command, Defense Special Weapons Agency.

Mattson graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in nuclear engineering technology and graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School with a Master of Science in physics, with a concentration in nuclear weapons design and effects. He currently serves as the vice chair of the ASTM E54 Committee on Homeland Security Applications, federal co-chair of the InterAgency Board for Equipment Standardization and Interoperability Standards Coordination Subgroup, co-chair of the Committee on Homeland and National Security Subcommittee on CBRNE Standards, and the U.S. public sector representative to the ISO Special Advisory Group on Security.


Comparison of Standards and Certifications for Reduction of Terrorism Risk to Critical Infrastructure

Wednesday, May 25th

The U.S. government uses a wide array of standards and best practices which vary widely from agency to agency and from installation to installation and originating from different agencies such as the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other agencies. This session will focus on the standards and best practices security measures recommended or that are overseen by DHS and approved directly or indirectly at individual locations by the Office of SAFETY Act Implementation.