Mr. Mark Adams

Dept of Homeland Security

Contact Details

Dept of Homeland Security


Mark Stanley Adams

9913 Windridge Drive

Fredericksburg, Virginia 22407

(540) 710-5640



Operations Research Director, where demonstrated problem solving, technical, and leadership skills combine into a formidable change agent, analyzing capability shortfalls, causes, and effects, to create bold implementation plans and achievable mission results.



A certified Enterprise Architect and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, with extensive experience in:

  • Federal Acquisition (Level III, Test and Evaluation Manager; Level II, Lifecycle Logistics)
  • Systems Analysis
  • Statistics
  • Modeling and Simulation, War Gaming
  • Enterprise Architecture (Certified by EA Center of Excellence.)
  • Operational Testing
  • Optimization
  • Database Administration
  • MS Office, MiniTab, vBasic, SQL


Developed a Counter-Improvised Explosives Device effectiveness methodology employed by the Yuma Test Center whose results justified a $22M development effort from the Department of Defense to enhance the National Counterterrorism Counterinsurgency Integrated Test and Evaluation Center.


Presented an alternate allocation methodology to Afghan Theater decision makers with sufficient data and compelling analysis, that the announced engineering asset cuts for the Regional Command (Southwest) were rescinded, and, instead, the Region received a plus-up of two counter-improvised explosive device units to increase the safety and frequency of convoys through Helmand and Nimroz Provinces.


Compiled and restructured accredited third-party data subsequent to the operational test failure of the medium speed electronic baggage system, and synthesized new reliability and availability metrics, with conclusions accepted by the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation and the Undersecretary for Management of DHS to authorize the Transportation Security Administration the acquisition and fielding of these systems resulting in better anomaly detection and faster throughput of checked baggage security in airports throughout the United States.


Negotiated with the US Army Signal School, the First Information Operations Command, the US Army Electronics Proving Ground, and US Army Test and Evaluation Command entities for an acceptable practice for Information Assurance testing of Information Technology systems, developed a funding stream for appropriate in-house Blue- and Green- Teaming, and coordination for warranted Red Teaming, culminating in a no-deficiency assessment from the Department of Defense Inspector General auditing Information Systems security requirements testing.


In under three months, expanded the user interface to the Contingency Force Analysis Wargame to allow multiple simultaneous red-, blue-, and white- team players; designed, developed, implemented, and tested automated theater logistics in the wargame to free up player time; and, constructed precision-guided munition simulation modules, all at the request of the US Army Chief of Staff to serve as the evaluation tool for the successful Army Light Corps Capability Assessment.



Deputy, Systems Engineering, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC. Enabling the Components to instill business architecture and systems engineering rigor into Department operations to optimize security capabilities and unity of effort. (2015 – present)


Test Area Manager, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC. Ensured the technical accuracy and sufficiency of operational tests supporting major acquisition decisions for air transportation baggage systems, recommending test and evaluation technique improvements, and designing improved methodologies for reliability studies. (2014)


Branch Chief, Analysis Division, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC. Supervised a team of analysts and engineers, and executed studies and reviews on a wide spectrum of quick turnaround reports aimed at process improvements throughout the Department. (2013 – 2014)


Operational Test Officer, Transportation Security Administration, Washington, DC. Chaired the Trace Explosives Detection Test and Evaluation Integrated Process Team, and planned, executed, and reported on innovative operational tests that successfully demonstrated the effectiveness and suitability of portable trace explosives detection systems in airports. (2011 - 2013)


Senior Operations Research Analyst, Leonie Industries, Helmand Province, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Executed Counter Improvised Explosive Device analysis, presenting recommendations and effectiveness measures to the Regional Command (Southwest) Commander, Staff, and Operational Units during Operation Enduring Freedom. (2009 – 2011)


Science Advisor, US Marine Corps Operational Test and Evaluation Activity, Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA. Guided all the technical aspects of test and evaluation planning, execution, and reporting for operational tests and live fire events involving Marine major acquisition systems and Joint systems assigned to the Corps, and negotiated Marine Corps positions on Joint and Naval acquisition committees and test boards. (2006 – 2009)


Senior Operations Research Analyst, US Army Test and Evaluation Command, Alexandria, VA. Advised and assisted subordinate testing commands to ensure compliance and analytical sufficiency, and launched Value Stream Analyses on Command processes. (2004 – 2006)


Deputy, Campaign Analysis, Office of Chief Naval Operations, Pentagon, DC. Directed a million-dollar collection of contracts as Contracting Officer Representative, also evaluating their merit for inclusion into the Navy World Class Modeling Program, and instituted the Navy Common Data Base development. (2003 – 2004)


Deputy Director, Command, Control, Communications, and Computers Test Directorate, US Army Operational Test Command, Fort Hood, TX. Enforced the high technical quality of test planning, execution, and reporting of over twenty tactical and information systems overseeing a directorate reorganization, the personnel, overtime, travel, training, quality assurance, instrumentation, and test documentation in a team of 60 military and civilians, plus a fluctuating term and temporary workforce. (1999 – 2003)


Senior Operations Research Analyst, US Army Operational Test Command, Fort Hood, TX. Supervised a team of analysts and provided data collection, reduction, analysis, and reporting capabilities for all Army C4 and Joint communications systems operational tests executed by the Communications Systems Division. (1992 - 1999)


Technical Staff Member, Computer Science Corporation, Fort Chaffee, AR. Maintained the Interim Instrumentation Suite for the Joint Readiness Training Center, providing rapid response trouble shooting, maintaining configuration management of the analysis hardware and software, and developing solutions and implementations for required engineering change proposals. (1991)


Technical Staff Member, Rockwell, International, Plano, TX. Researched promising technologies for prototype military ground command and control systems, contributed to contract proposals, and collaborated on patent 5,319,560, “Analysis System for Database Fusion, Graphic Display, and Disaggregation.” (1989 – 1990)


Operations Research Analyst, US Army Concepts Analysis Agency, Bethesda, MD and Quarry Heights, Republic of Panama. Conceptualized Army Staff analysis requirements into war game pre- and post- processors, graphics, and simulation modules, including software design, implementation, and testing. Implemented the Modern Aids to Planning Program during a two-year assignment to the US Southern Command Headquarters. (1983 – 1989)


Operations Research Analyst, Mobility Equipment Research and Development Command, Fort Belvoir, VA. Expanded existing, and developed new Army small-unit countermine war games and databases, and managed contracts that integrated results into capability assessments for the US Army Engineer School. (1981 – 1983)


Operations Research Analyst, US Air Force Federal Computer Performance Evaluation and Simulation Center, Franconia, VA. Provided configuration management, training, problem report solutions, and software maintenance on four different mainframe operating systems for the Extendible Computer Simulation System, and analyzed and demonstrated performance improvement recommendations on Federal computer systems. (1979 – 1981)



University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Master of Science, Operations Research/Systems Analysis


Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Bachelor of Arts, Physical Chemistry