Andrew Kuepper

Mr. Kuepper joined the DHS Office of Policy in October 2015 after having worked as a Special Advisor to the Secretary of Homeland Security since March 2014. As the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Unity of Effort Integration, his primary responsibility is to orchestrate the implementation of the Secretary’s Unity of Effort initiative, which significantly changes DHS’s planning, programming, budget, and execution system and joint operational planning , requirements and joint operations. The effort, begun in April 2014, includes establishment of DHS Senior Leader Forums, Joint Requirements Council, and Joint Task Forces, and harmonizes DHS strategy, plans, and analysis processes across all DHS Components and headquarters.

Mr. Kuepper’s previous Federal service has been in the Department of Defense (DoD), most recently as the Director, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Response Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense (OASD(HD)) from June 2011 to February 2014. In that capacity, he was responsible for development and implementation of strategy and force development guidance for domestic CBRN military operations, including oversight of the applicable elements of the DoD analytic agenda, capability development process, force planning efforts, and program/budget review. His CBRN team performed these functions in coordination with other elements of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, USSTRATCOM, and USNORTHCOM, the Departments of State, Energy, Justice, Health and Human Services, and Homeland Security, and the National Security Staff.

Mr. Kuepper’s other DoD positions include Director, Strategy and Implementation; Deputy Director, Defense Domains; and Chief, Air and Maritime Defense Branches in OASD(HD); and Chief, Homeland Air, Land, and Maritime Branch, J‐3 Joint Operations Directorate, Joint Staff. In these capacities, Mr. Kuepper specialized in DoD domestic defense and security policy and operational matters, developing numerous DoD and U.S. Government directives, strategies, and plans, including the Presidential Directives and National Strategies for Maritime and Aviation Security, the Maritime Operational Threat Response Plan, and the DoD Standing Rules of Engagement/Rules for the Use of Force. Mr. Kuepper was a Naval Flight Officer, flying as a Mission Commander and Tactical Coordinator in the P‐3 Orion aircraft during assignments in Hawaii, Florida, and California and deploying to Japan, Alaska, the Philippines, Thailand, and Panama. Mr. Kuepper performed overseas operational duty in support of deployed P‐3 squadrons at Sigonella, Sicily. Mr. Kuepper retired from the Navy in 2008.

Mr. Kuepper has degrees from the University of Southern California (BS Aerospace Engineering), Naval Postgraduate School (MS Operations Analysis), and National War College (MS Strategic Studies).