In August 2019, Mr. Cook was detailed to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office (CWMD) to serve as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary. The mission of DHS CWMD is to counter attempts by terrorists or other threat actors to carry out an attack against the United States or its interests using a weapon of mass destruction.
Mr. Cook joined the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) in November 2001. He currently serves as Deputy Assistant Director of Flight Operations providing oversight of FAMS' Liaison Section (International Liaison and Law Enforcement/Transportation Industry Engagement), Studies/Research/Analysis Unit, Administrative/Tasking Unit, and the Assessment and Evaluation Unit. Mr. Cook has served at the Orlando and Dallas Field Offices; with both Field and Flight Operations Divisions and on the Director's Staff at FAMS Headquarters in Reston, Virginia; and in multiple assignments with interagency partners. He has significant operational, administrative, and leadership experience and has played a major role managing and influencing organizational efforts throughout his tenure.
While with FAMS, Mr. Cook's time serving with interagency partners has been quite substantive and unique. After being requested by the Undersecretary of DHS Intelligence and Analysis (J&A), Mr. Cook served in a Senior Executive Service detail assignment concurrently fulfilling multiple roles- most notably Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary and DHS Counterterrorism Mission Manager. He was responsible for leading I&A 's transformation to a Mission Center construct fusing Intelligence and Operations on behalf of the broader DHS enterprise. Additionally, Mr. Cook served in a joint duty assignment detailed to the National Counterterrorism Center's Directorate of Strategic Operational Planning (DSOP). While at DSOP, he served as a Counterterrorism Branch Chief with oversight of U.S. counterterrorism policy and planning efforts affecting the Americas/Europe, integrating all instruments of national power. Accordingly, he regularly interacted with interagency partners, the National Security Staff, and senior foreign leaders from around the world. Similarly, Mr. Cook was detailed to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). While in the Senior Executive assignment, he served as the Executive Director of the Office of Intelligence with oversight of all of CBP' s Intelligence Enterprise.
Prior to joining the Federal Air Marshal Service, Mr. Cook served with the United States Border Patrol. He accepted his appointment as an Agent in 1998 and was stationed in Laredo, Texas.
Mr. Cook attended Louisiana Tech University (Ruston, Louisiana), and Park College (Parkville, Missouri), earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with Distinction Honors, from the latter. Mr. Cook is a graduate of American University's Key Executive Leadership Program. He is a proud alumnus of the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Federal Executive Institute and the DHS Senior Executive Service (SES) Candidate Development Program, successfully receiving OPM Qualification Review Board SES certification in 2016.