Mr. Robert “Dusty” Rhoads is an Associate Director within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Mr. Rhoads leads Nationwide Governance within the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s Emergency Communications Division (ECD). Mr. Rhoads has served on various committees and working groups representing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Task Force on Optimization of Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) Architecture, the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) Assessment of Future Spectrum and Technology, the FCC Technical Advisory Board for First Responder Interoperability, and the NPSTC Broadband High Level Launch Requirements, and supported the development of policy with the office of Vice President to implement the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network, now known as the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).
Prior to DHS, Mr. Rhoads served nearly 30 years with the Fairfax County, Virginia Fire and Rescue Department before retiring as a Battalion Fire Chief in 2008. Along the way, he also supported several projects with Northrup Grumman and DiDonato Consulting Service serving as a Senior Systems Engineer.