Ronald T. Hewitt serves as the Assistant Director for Emergency Communications for the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). In this role, Mr. Hewitt plays a critical role for ensuring continuous, interoperable communications that support the Federal Government’s mission essential functions and all the Nation’s emergency responders to keep America safe, secure and resilient.
Previously, Mr. Hewitt served as Director of the Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) before the agency became CISA on November 16, 2018.
Prior to becoming the OEC Director, Mr. Hewitt served for six months as the Director and Deputy Manager of the National Communications System (NCS), a consortium of 24 Federal Departments and Agencies responsible for National Security/Emergency Preparedness (NS/EP) communications. The NCS was dissolved on July 6, 2012 in accordance with Executive Order (EO) 13618, signed by President Obama. Various assets of the NCS were merged with OEC to lead NS/EP and emergency communications set forth in Title 18 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended, 6 U.S.C. § 571 et.seq., and to provide the technical staff to complete DHS responsibilities defined by EO 13618.
Before his arrival to the NCS, Rear Admiral Hewitt served as the U.S. Coast Guard’s Assistant Commandant for Human Resources. The Human Resources Directorate is made up of HR professionals, military and civilian, with one distinct mission: to meet the people needs of the Coast Guard while meeting the needs of Coast Guard people.
His prior flag assignments include Commander, Coast Guard Maintenance and Logistics Command Atlantic, which provided support to all Coast Guard units between the Rockies and the Persian Gulf; and Assistant Commandant for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information Technology (CG-6), which is the Coast Guard’s Chief Information Officer (CIO). During this time, Rear Admiral Hewitt was detailed to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as their acting CIO where he led the department’s infrastructure technology transformation project.
Rear Admiral Hewitt’s other career assignments include Project Manager for “Rescue 21,” and the Marine Information for Safety and Law Enforcement (MISLE); Commanding Officer, Electronics Support Unit Boston; Executive Officer, Communications Area Master Station Pacific, Project Engineer at the Omega Navigation Systems Center, Electronics Engineering Center in Wildwood, New Jersey and Operations Officer on the USCGC BITTERSWEET.
Mr. Hewitt, a native of Oregon, is a 1978 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree; as well as a 1982 graduate of Purdue University with a Master of Science Degree; both degrees in Electrical Engineering. In 2000, he received a Master's Certificate in Information Technology Project Management from The George Washington University and is a certified Project Management Professional.