Ms. Margaros currently supports the Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP), a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Protective Security Coordination Division. OBP provides leadership and coordination within DHS on explosive threats and countermeasures, while working with Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial (FSLTT) government partners to enhance and integrate national capabilities to combat explosive attacks. As the Unit Chief for the National Counter-improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) Capabilities Analysis Database (NCCAD), Ms. Margaros oversees the assessment tool that provides capabilities analyses of bomb squads, explosives detection canine teams, dive teams, and special weapons and tactics teams throughout the United States. In this role, she coordinates with FSLTT partners providing readiness information for pre-planning, steady-state, and threat-initiated C-IED decision support. This effort determines current operational capabilities, identifies specific training and equipment gaps, and provides recommendations for capability enhancements. It assists FSLTT resource providers in developing justifications that support State homeland security strategies. Ms. Margaros also represents OBP and DHS priorities and efforts by participating in various C-IED working groups and stakeholder associations and providing subject matter expertise. Ms. Margaros, a legacy employee of over fifteen years, has served DHS since the September 11th terror attacks, beginning at the Transportation Security Administration and then working at DHS headquarters-level for over seven years. Her efforts include managing multi-agency working groups for conducting economic impact analyses, participating in public-private sector partnerships, coordinating pilot projects for the transportation sector, as well as providing operational support during natural and man-made incidents. In addition, Ms. Margaros served in the US Air Force prior to September 11th.
Class: Counter IED Capabilities NCCAD: What’s in it for me? and Office for Bombing Prevention: 101
Ms. Margaros will present the offerings of the Office for Bombing Prevention, the various C-IED training courses, the Multi-Jurisdictional IED Security Planning Program (MJIEDSP) and the National Counter-IED Capabilities Analysis Database (NCCAD), what they are, what they do, and how they can help your agency.