Monte Hawkins currently serves as the first Director of the National Vetting Center (NVC). President Trump tasked the establishment of the NVC on February 6th, 2018 when he signed National Security Presidential Memorandum Nine (NSPM-9). The NVC will strengthen, simplify, and streamline the complex, ad hoc, and inefficient way that intelligence is used to inform operational decisions and allow each vetting partner to contribute its unique information, ensuring that adjudications of border security- and immigration-related benefits and protections are informed by all appropriate information available to the U.S. Government in accordance with law and while maintaining robust privacy, civil rights, and civil liberty protections. Prior to this position, Monte served as the Senior Director for the Border and Transportation Security Directorate in the National Security Council (NSC) for both the Obama and Trump administrations where he coordinated policy development in areas such as aviation and maritime security, immigration, screening and watchlisting, biometrics, and information sharing. He previously served in other roles at the NSC including as the Director for Law Enforcement Policy in the Bush administration in 2008, the Director for Identity Management and Biometrics Policy in the Obama administration from 2009-2011, and then as the Senior Advisor for Migrant Screening and Vetting for the Obama administration in 2016. Monte has also served in various positions at the National Counterterrorism Center, CIA’s Counterterrorism Mission Center, FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, and the U.S. Secret Service. Monte is currently a member of the adjunct faculty at Georgetown University. He received his B.A. in Sociology from the University of Tulsa and his M.A. in Criminology/Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland-College Park.
Casie Antalis currently serves as the first Chief of Staff of the National Vetting Center (NVC). The NVC was established pursuant to National Security Presidential Memorandum Nine (NSPM-9) which was signed on February 6, 2018. The NVC provides a coordinated process to facilitate how intelligence and sensitive USG information is used for national security and border security missions. The NVC began initial operations in December 2018. Prior to this position, Casie served as the Director for Security Screening and Vetting on the Border and Transportation Security Directorate in the National Security Council (NSC). She directed and coordinated U.S. Government policy development in security and immigration vetting, watchlisting, biometrics, and information sharing. Casie previously held in positions at the National Counterterrorism Center in the Directorate of Intelligence and the Directorate of Strategic Operational Planning, and was the Deputy Group chief for Screening and Vetting prior to her assignment at the NSC. Casie has over 15 years of experience in immigration and national security vetting and has served at the National Ground Intelligence Center, the National Joint Terrorism Task Force and Department of State Diplomatic Security Service.
C.W. “Gator” Harvey is currently director of the Civil Solutions (CS) business unit for Northrop Grumman Technology Services. CS is a $500 million business with broad technical capabilities centered on key customer requirements delivery in software development, information technology, data analytics and cyber. As director, Mr. Harvey is responsible for all aspects of CS's business, including strategy, growth, customer relationships and program execution. Since joining Northrop Grumman in 2002, Mr. Harvey has held roles of increasing responsibility, including program manager, department manager, operating & business unit director. He has supported a wide range of government customers, including the Department of Defense (DOD), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), NationalSecurityAgency(NSA),DefenseIntelligenceAgency(DIA),U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the U.S. Department of Treasury (USDT). Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Mr. Harvey retired from the U.S. Marine Corps after 24 years of operational and combat tours, supporting the DoD, CIA, DIA, USSOCOM and JSOC. His areas of expertise included infantry and special operations as well as human intelligence. Mr. Harvey is involved in numerous non-profit and advocacy organizations both at work and in his community. He serves as an executive sponsor for the company’s Building the Best Culture; Men Advocating Real Change. He is an executive advisor to theADELANTEandAfrican American Taskforce Group - Employee Resource Groups. Mr. Harvey is a lifetime member of the UDT-SEAL Association and The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA); both non-profit veterans support organizations. Additionally he is a legacy member of the Office of Strategic Services Society, and member of the Marine Corps Mustang Association and the Marine Corps Counterintelligence Association.
Eric R. Peters is an Assistant Director at the National Targeting Center with oversight of the Terrorist Travel Prevention Cell (TTPC), the Electronic System for Travel Authorization and Biometrics programs. In this capacity, Mr. Peters implemented new procedures for vetting Visa Waiver Program (VWP) applicants impacted by new travel and dual nationality restrictions established under the VWP Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015. Mr. Peters’ team, TTPC-ESTA, was created to leverage the additional information being collected under the VWP to prevent terrorist travel, and as an ancillary duty, to adjudicate ESTA applications and VWP ineligibility waiver requests. Mr. Peters has developed a process for vetting and research of Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) applications, which includes piloting the use of social media for vetting as well as innovative vetting processes to leverage additional data sets. As a leader at NTC, Mr. Peters has vast experience in targeting and vetting and he provides guidance and leadership in dealing with terrorism, transnational organized crime and all manner of threats to border security. Prior to his role with TTPC, Mr. Peters was the Director for the Fraudulent Document Analysis Unit (FDAU) in Falls Church, Virginia, for which he was selected in November 2014. In this role, Mr. Peters oversaw fraudulent document experts who support the removal of fraudulent travel documents from circulation and the prevention of fraudulent document use through centralized reporting and collection, international coordination, document examination equipment and specialized training of frontline officers and support personnel. Mr. Peters has expertise in travel document security and fraudulent document detection. From 2007 to 2014, Mr. Peters worked for the Alien Smuggling Interdiction Unit (ASI), first as a Program Manager, and later as the Unit Chief, following his promotion in August 2011. With Mr. Peters support and leadership, ASI was instrumental in the detection, deterrence and disruption of multiple alien smuggling organizations, which resulted in numerous arrests and prosecutions for criminal networks operating inside and outside the U.S. In February 2012, the Advanced Targeting Team and National Targeting Security Unit were added to Mr. Peters’ supervision, as well as the Caribbean Advanced Passenger Information System (CARICOM APIS) program based in Barbados and the National Targeting Center’s Air and Marine Operations Center in Riverside, California. Mr. Peters experience includes detecting and disrupting networks that operate and support terrorist organizations and transnational criminal organizations. Mr. Peters worked as a CBP officer at the Honolulu International Airport from 2000 to 2007 and the San Francisco International Airport from 1998 to 2000 in both primary and secondary inspections. While in Honolulu, Mr. Peters was promoted to Supervisor and managed the Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team at the Airport cargo facility. Mr. Peters began his career at the Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS) sub-office in Sacramento, California in May 1995 prior to becoming an Immigration Inspector at the San Francisco International Airport. Mr. Peters has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University-Sacramento. Eric Peters is considered a Subject Matter Expert on U.S. immigration laws based on over 23 years of experience. In addition, he has represented the U.S. government in numerous capacities as an expert in both CBP and immigration. Mr. Peters has completed numerous Requests for Information for VWP reviews and participated in Visa Waiver Program reviews in Slovakia, Spain, Greece, Austria, and Japan.
Since 2014, Lori has led the Department’s efforts to adopt hybrid cloud solutions and currently serves as the Technical Director for the National Vetting Center. Her primary responsibilities require the orchestration of analysis, design, development and operations teams to implement complex multi-cloud solutions while leveraging existing Intelligence Community services. Her efforts pioneering emerging technologies and services and have resulted in the implementation of many first-of-its- kind solutions for the Department. Lori’s combination of technical and analytic acumen in conjunction with her strategic vision for the mission has resulted in the development of multiple complex solutions for a wide array of stakeholders. Prior to 2014, Lori was an intelligence analyst for DHS I&A. During her time as an analyst, she specialized in al-Q`aida and other Pakistan-based militant groups and regularly authored intelligence assessments for the President’s Daily Brief. Lori received both her B.A in French and M.A. in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University.