SOURCE: Homeland Security and Defense Business Council

Homeland Security and  Defense Business Council

December 13, 2013 17:45 ET

Homeland Security & Defense Business Council Honors DHS Acting Deputy Secretary Rafael Borras at Annual Dinner

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - December 13, 2013) - The Homeland Security & Defense Business Council (Council) presented its Lifetime Distinguished Service Award to Rafael Borras, Acting Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, at its Annual Dinner last night.

"Each year, the Council bestows this award to a leader in homeland security that has made a strong and lasting impact on the security of our nation, through years of public service. Just as importantly, we look to identify an individual who recognizes the critical role the private sector plays in helping to achieve that mission," said Marc Pearl, President & CEO of the Council. "We chose to honor Rafael Borras for his tireless efforts in reaching out to industry and working with the Council in particular, to develop and build sustainable processes within the DHS Management Directorate that encourage a stronger dialogue among government and industry in order to achieve even greater effectiveness and efficiencies in the homeland security mission space."

As an organization comprised of senior executives and SMEs from the leading companies that deliver homeland security solutions to the marketplace, the Council leads initiatives and programs that, among other issues, focus on improving the acquisition process and the way government and industry can better conduct business together.

Upon receiving the award, Acting Deputy Secretary Borras delivered the evening's keynote address, sharing his vision on why he encouraged more transparent and meaningful partnerships with industry during his years as the Under Secretary of the Management Directorate. He also discussed his assessment on what our country may need from the private sector in the homeland security arena over the next several challenging years.

Patrick R. Schambach, Chairman of the Council's Board of Directors, also delivered remarks that outlined the importance of the Council and the work its members are engaged in. Mr. Schambach spoke about the Council's commitment to continuing to find opportunities where its members can engage with their counterparts in government in order to provide the best possible and useful technology, product, and service solutions to the homeland security enterprise.

Over 100 guests from the public and private sectors attended the event, which brings together representatives that work together in the pursuit of a safer and more secure nation. Council members Grant Thornton LLP and Intel Federal LLC sponsored the dinner, and Deloitte and SRA International, Inc. sponsored the receptions. 

The Homeland Security & Defense Business Council is the leading not-for-profit, non-partisan organization of the most well respected, world-class small, mid-tier, and large companies that provide homeland security/homeland defense technology, product, and service solutions to our nation and around the world. It works to ensure that the perspective, innovation, expertise and capabilities of the private sector are recognized, respected and integrated with the public sector. For more information, please visit

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