John E. Hensley
U.S. Homeland Security
Advisory Committee Member

John Hensley has an extensive background in government, law enforcement, seaport/airport security and trade issues. Mr. Hensley has over 30 years of federal/state law enforcement and regulatory experience, including numerous positions within the U.S. Customs Service with a focus on international trade, commerce regulation and enforcement. While the Assistant Commissioner for enforcement and operations in U.S. Customs he was responsible for all personnel, policies, operations and budget in the agencies’ worldwide organization. He was the first ever Chairman of the California State Gambling Control Commission regulating the complex 8+ Billion Dollar gambling industry in California. Following his government service, Mr. Hensley joined SAIC, a Fortune 500 company as a Corporate Vice President for Homeland Security. In that role, Mr. Hensley designed the major processes and procedures related to all phases of the company’s HS business. Mr. Hensley was also the primary contact for the Strategic Operations Group and the Secure Transportation/Technology Business Unit within SAIC for DHS, TSA, ICE, and CBP focusing on 100% inspection of cargo and related systems. In that role Mr. Hensley established an expertise in both radiation detection and non-intrusive inspection technology/methodology. Mr. Hensley was also the lead with the World Customs Org and 125 member customs Services. He has also taken the lead in The DHS/DOE Secure Freight Initiative Program, interacting with DHS, DOE and the Congress. In 2006, he was highly involved in working with members of Congress to get the Safe Ports Act enacted into law, followed in 2007 by working with Congress to get approval of the 100% inspection of air and sea cargo provision of HR-1 also signed into law. Mr. Hensley previously directed SAIC's national maritime and airport strategy at the Corporate level where he also focused on Op Safe Commerce, the Container Security Initiative and MTSA/ISPS. He also took the lead on security projects for the Ports of LA, LB, Houston and LAX among others. He was also a key part of the Secure Freight Initiative (SFI) and the Container Security Initiative (CSI/ICIS) tests in Hong Kong, the EU and Central America. He has additionally been a key member of the corporation's work on the international supply chain. In 2011, Mr. Hensley took the position of Senior Advisor to the CEO of AeroMexico Airlines for Security and Compliance. AeroMexico is the official flag carrier for Mexico and flies to over 160 destinations worldwide. In that role he has led the airline risk/threat assessments at major airports serviced by AeroMexico and conducted sensitive security investigations related to the companies’ operations. Mr. Hensley has led major changes in the airline’s compliance and security policies and also is the lead person in dealing with all regulatory and law enforcement agencies in those countries where AeroMexico flies. Mr. Hensley also advises other corporate clients and is on the board of advisors for two such clients. In addition to his undergraduate work, he has completed the Executive Program at Harvard's Kennedy School. Among numerous awards, Mr. Hensley has received the government's Presidential Rank Award for outstanding executive management and the Eagle Award, the highest military award for civilians. Mr. Hensley is a member of the U.S. Homeland Security Advisory Committee and is also has been a member of the ISO working groups developing world standards for international trade/ maritime security.