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COVID-19: Challenges, Lessons Learned, and The Path Forward

A Discussion with Aaron Roth, Managing Director, The Chertoff Group

MicroStrategy's EVP and GM, Public Sector, Rick "Ozzie" Nelson interviews Aaron Roth, Managing Director, The Chertoff Group, for his insights on COVID-19 challenges and solutions to moving forward.


Prior to joining the Chertoff Group, Mr. Roth was the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Deputy Executive Assistant Administrator for Operations Support where he led TSA’s global strategies, security policy, industry engagement, intelligence and analysis, vetting programs, and requirements and capabilities analysis. Prior to that, he served as Chief of Staff for the Chief of Operations where he supported and directed the Offices of Security Operations, Law Enforcement/ Federal Air Marshal Service, Global Strategies, Intelligence and Analysis, Security Operations, Security Policy and Industry Engagement, and Requirements and Capabilities Analysis.

Prior to joining TSA, Mr. Roth was an Active Duty U.S. Coast Guard Captain. In his last assignment before retiring, he was the Coast Guard Commandant’s personal strategic advisor where he specialized in emerging strategies and policy issues, including the Arctic, Western Hemisphere affairs, cyber security, and climate change.

Mr. Roth previously served as the Operations officer of the Maritime Security Response Team, the Coast Guard’s high-risk law enforcement and counter-terrorism unit. While at the MSRT, he also served as the Service’s liaison to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Hostage Rescue Team. He has also been the commanding officer of a patrol boat in Key West, FL, and held staff assignments in the Chief of Staff’s office during the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security and the Commandant’s Strategic Analysis Directorate.

Mr. Roth was a military fellow at the Center for Strategic & International Studies where he focused on national security and counter-terrorism, the Arctic and Asia and the Pacific Rim. He is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with high honors and was the distinguished graduate from George Mason University’s Public Policy and Public Administration Masters program.