In July 2020, Mr. David Richardson was appointed to serve as the Assistant Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office (CWMD).
Mr. Richardson is a mission-oriented leader who relies on staff driven processes and collaboration to achieve mission success. Prior to this position at DHS CWMD, Mr. Richardson worked in industry leadership at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations overseeing strategic planning and requirements development processes. Before joining the ICE team, Mr. Richardson collaborated with industry and government personnel to identify shortfalls in the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) capability and coordinated with DHS’s Joint Requirements Council to develop a way forward for improved security systems. Additionally, Mr. Richardson is a five-year veteran of the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction and the Domestic Nuclear Detection Offices, where he was awarded for excellence for leading industry efforts to collaborate with the federal workforce to improve acquisitions and requirements generation processes.
For more than 20 years, Mr. Richardson served as a ground combat officer in the United States Marine Corps and served as the USMC Liaison to Naval Sea Systems Command. While stationed on the Korean Peninsula, A/S Richardson was responsible for coordinating theatre-wide exercises for the Joint and Combined commands of the United States and United Nations. Mr. Richardson also taught history at the George Washington University, tactics and strategy for the U.S. Army, and martial arts for the Marine Corps. A/S Richardson is a combat veteran, serving tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Africa. In 2006, Mr. Richardson was awarded for valor while conducting combat operations alongside Iraqi forces in Ramadi, Iraq.
Mr. Richardson hails from Waterford, Michigan. He received a B.S. in biology (Magna Cum Laude) from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. A published novelist (War Story, Permuted Press, 2019), Mr. Richardson lives in Arlington, VA, with his two sons, Clive and Robert.