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Welcome to what I think will be a very enjoyable and educational visit about women's role in changing the world. Women are powerful and have the ability to affect great change when motivated and able.

Highlighted on Same Shield is women's role in traditionally closed professions. These include law enforcement, the military, diplomacy, intelligence, and private industry.

You will have the opportunity to take a walk through history and to understand the evolution of these professions, as we know them today. In the process you will learn of the sacrifices and the challenges faced by women as each of these pioneers took the initial steps towards inclusion in their respective field. Their motivations were no different then those faced by modern colleagues, as they were driven by the desire to contribute to society and unafraid of change.

Also highlighted on Same Shield is the role that women are playing internationally, from politics to community health. Women are accelerating the pace of development and transition across the world. Included here are some of the stories of inspirational women.

I have been involved in law enforcement for nearly three decades and during that time have experienced a great deal of the joys and the challenges associated with the profession. I am hopeful that this site will in many ways demystify the profession, establish educational and professional guidance, and provide resources for further exploration as young people make career choice in a world forever changed.

- Dr. Kathleen Kiernan

About Dr. Kiernan

Dr. Kathleen Kiernan is the founder and CEO of Kiernan Group Holdings, Inc. Dr. Kiernan is a 29-year veteran of Federal Law Enforcement. She previously served as the Assistant Director for the Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) where she was responsible for the design and implementation of an intelligence-led organizational strategy to mine and disseminate data related to explosives, firearms and illegal tobacco diversion, the traditional and non-traditional tools of terrorism.

Dr. Kiernan is the Chair Emeritus for the InfraGard Program, a public-private alliance with over 62,000 members representing all 18 critical infrastructures and key resources. She co-chaired the Homeland Security Intelligence Council (HSIC) for the Intelligence and National Security Alliance and is the former Chair of the DCI's Law Enforcement Working Group, an initiative designed to bridge the communities of intelligence and law enforcement.

Dr. Kiernan is a senior member on the International Association of Chiefs of Police Terrorism subcommittee and serves on the Board of Regents of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.

Other highlights of Dr. Kiernan's credentials include: Member of the Army Science Board where she led a panel exploring the transition of law enforcement training and technology to the war fighter; served as the ATF representative to the Counterterrorism Center (CTC) at CIA, the Council Vice President for ASIS, International, with oversight of the Critical Infrastructure Working Group (CIWG); chaired the Domestic Intelligence Council for the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA); an Intelligence Fellow (2001); and is a graduate of the FBI's National Executive Institute (Class 26), and is a member of the George Washington Policy Institute.

Dr. Kiernan led a nationwide Intelligence Community project involving the active interdiction of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) throughout the law enforcement and public safety communities, and led a team in the Quadrennial intelligence Community Review.

Dr. Kiernan serves as a Subject Matter Expert for the Rapid Reaction Technology Office for the Office of the Secretary of Defense and other elements of the defense community.

Dr. Kiernan was the recipient of the Women of Influence-Public Sector award in 2010, and the recipient of a number of other public service and academic awards.

Dr. Kiernan completed her Doctorate in Education at Northern Illinois University and her Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence at the Joint Military Intelligence College in Washington, DC. She also holds a Master of Arts in International Transactions from George Mason University Homeland Security Policy Institute and a faculty member at The Johns Hopkins University and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

Kiernan, Kathleen. (2009). "Counterintelligence and Law Enforcement." In Vaults, Mirrors, and  Masks: Rediscovering U.S. Counterintelligence. Edited by Jennifer E. Sims & Burton Gerber: Georgetown University Press: Washington. DC, 2009.

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A Man's World? Exploring the Roles of Women in Counter Terrorism
and Violent Extremism

In the fight against terrorism, the women's role in enabling of and defenders against terrorism is often overlooked. Much attention has been put on the victimization of women by terrorist groups, of how they are duped or coerced into participating in terrorist activity, and of how they are targets of violent extremism and domestic abuse.

Although vicitimization is a critical matter to understand, we must not forget that women are not just victims, but also powerful agents of change. Women are frequently the first targets of radical fundamentalism. Thus, they are also the first ones to stand up to it. With more empowerment, these women may become especially effective as the first line of defense against extremism and terrorism.

A Man's World? Exploring the Roles of Women in Counter Terrorism
and Violent Extremism, compiled by Hedayah and the Global Center on Cooperative Security, is a collection of essays that offers valuable insight into this vital subject.

Topic: Women in Transition~ May 15, 2016

Officer Down: Susan Louise Farrell
Police Officer Susan Farrell and Police Officer Carlos Puente-Morales were killed when their patrol car was struck head-on by a wrong way driver.

They were transporting a prisoner from Council Bluffs back to Des Moines when the crash occurred. Both officers, the prisoner, and the driver of the wrong way vehicle were killed.

Officer Farrell had served with the Des Moines Police Department for only five months and had previously served with the Polk County Sheriff's Office for several years.

Officer Down Memorial Page

Topic: LE Hall of Heroines~ April 8, 2016
World Changers Highlight: Opening the Little League to Girls
As a hearings officer with the New Jersey Division of Civil Rights, Judge Sylvia B. Pressler opened Little League baseball to girls in a landmark 1973 case. As a result of the ruling, the Little League organization changed its charter to allow girls to compete nationally in the league and created a softball division specifically for girls. She famously wrote about her decision, "The institution of Little League is as American as the hot dog and apple pie. There is no reason why that part of Americana should be withheld from girls."

This case was not her only accomplishment in her prolific career. For more information, see the article Sylvia Pressler, 75; Opened Little League.

Topic: World Changers~ March 28, 2016

Officer Down: Ashley Marie Guindon
On February 27, 2016, Ashley Marie Guindon was shot and kiled while responding to domestic disturbance in Virginia. Officer Guindon was working her first day on the street with her training officer. The offender had murdered his wife in their home and opened fire on the officers with a rifle as they approached his home. He wounded Officer Guindon, and two others, including her training officer. Officer Guindon was flown away to Inova Fiarfax Hospital, where she passed away.

Officer Guindon was a member of the US Marine Corps Reserve and was working under the Prince William County Police Department, Virginia.

Officer Down Memorial Page

Topic: LE Hall of Heroines~ March 1, 2016

New INSS Event Report 
The Institue for National Strategic Studies has released a new Event Report, Countering Isis:One Year Later.

Topic: National Security ~ February 20, 2016

2016 Worldwide Threat Assessment
The Senate Armed Services Committee has recently released the 2016 Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community. Accompanied is a testimony by Defence Intelligence Agency Director Vincent R. Stewart.

Topic: National Security ~ February 12, 2016
Sylvia Moir to Become Next Police Chief of Tempe
In January of 2016, Tempe City Manager Andrew Ching announced the appointment of Sylvia Moir as the next Chief of the Tempe Police Department. Moir is currently the Police Chief of El Cerrito, California and is expected to start work in her new position on March 21.

“Chief Moir distinguished herself through an exhaustive interview process for her intellect, judgment, compassion, enthusiasm and ability to engage employees and community members,” said Ching. “I am confident that her 26 years of law enforcement experience will serve Tempe well, allow for a seamless transition in leadership, and move our department forward.”

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Topic: Law Enforcement ~ February 7, 2016

French Activist Deradicalizes ISIS Recruits
Dounia Bouzar, a doctor in the anthropology of religion, had created the Center for the Prevention of Sectarian Trends Linked (CPDSI) to Islam to turn young people from radical Islam. Her organization has handled 600 families in the past year. Using controversial methods that involves using emotional cues and childhood memories, Bouzar says that she has saved around 50 youths. Today, as ISIS increases its efforts to recruit new wives for its members, Bouzar is working to bring back even more radicalized young women than before.

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Topic: World Changers ~ January 16, 2016

Former U.S. Attorney Joins Guidepost Solutions
Former U.S. Attorney Donna A. Bucella has joined Guidepost Solutions LLC as the president of its compliance business. The company is a global leader in investigations, compliance, and security.

“Bringing Donna on our team reflects our strong commitment to help companies strengthen and streamline their processes for addressing compliance, ethics and risk management,” stated Chief Executive Officer of Guidepost Solutions, Julie Myers Wood. “Her strong history of leadership and experience from the business and public sectors will greatly benefit our clients and complement our very talented team of compliance and investigative professionals,” Chief Executive Officer of Guidepost Solutions, Julie Myers Wood stated.

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Topic: Global Economy ~ January 1, 2016

ASPCA Special Investigator Dies of Cancer
On November 20, 2015, Special Investigator Diane DiGiacomo died of cancer that was a direct result of exposure to toxic air during DiGiacomo's search and rescue operations after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2011.
For more biography and incident information, visit DiGiacomo's Officer Down Memorial Page.
Topic: Hall of Heroines ~December 10, 2015

Join Angi on her Breast Cancer Journey
Angi is the Division Chief of Strategic Programs and Senior Advisor for the Texas Office of Risk Management. She discovered that she had breast cancer on September 11, 2015, and is undergoing treatment. With her tenacious, spirit, Angi refuses to let the disease discourage her and has continued smiling as she always has. She shares her story to advance breast cancer awareness and inspire others to never sound retreat against the disease.

Follow her journey at Angi's Place in the Health page of Same Shield.

Topic: Health ~ November 21, 2015
Statement from Dr. Kiernan on Breast Cancer Awareness 
I began a journey 14 years ago with a group of law enforcement colleagues to take a stand on the need to find a cure for a disease which impacts generations of families.  We named our team "Shields For The Cure" and vowed to individually or collectively contribute to the effort as long as we were physically able or until a cure is found.  The composition of the team has changed over the years with moves, with illness and life changes, but the passion and commitment has never wavered and never will.  We will walk again in Philadelphia in 2016.  Join us, or contribute (at, to team Shields For The Cure); both actions help change the world. - Dr. Kathleen Kiernan

For more information on breast cancer, visit the Health page of Same Shield.

Topic: Health ~ October 31, 2015

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