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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.

Ward, Richard, Kathleen Kiernan, & Daniel Mabrey. Homeland Security. Cincinnati, OH: Lexis-
Nexis, Anderson Publishing Company, 2006.

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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

New Report on Ambushes of Police
This recent report analyzes incidents of extreme violence against law enforcement officers with special focus on ambushes. It investigates methods of preventing, responding to, and surviving ambushes. Reducing violence against law enforcement is just as crucial as reducing overly-aggressive police tactics is in police reform, public safety, and maintenance of police-community relations. To illustrate:

"The 'bulletproof cop' does not exist. The officers who protect us must also be protected-against incapacitating physical, mental, and emotional health problems as well as against the hazards of their job. Their wellness and safety are crucial for them, their colleagues, and their agencies, as well as the well-being of the communitites they serve" (from the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing).

The full report can be viewed here.

Topic: Homeland Security  ~  November 21, 2015

Gloria I. Chavez Becomes Deputy Chief of USBP

On Novermber 4, 2015, Gloria I. Chavez was selected for the Senior Executive Service position of Deputy Chief, Law Enforcement Operations Directorate, at U.S. Border Patrol Headquarters, in Washington DC. Previously, she had served as Chief Patrol Agent of the Spokane Sector. She has been on duty with USBP since 1995. 

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Topic: Homeland Security  ~  November 4, 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

Three Women Become First Female Rangers 
In August of 2015, Captain Kristen Griest and 1st Lieutenant Shaye Haver became the first two women to ever earn the Ranger tab. They graduated as a part of Ranger Class 08-15 at Fort Benning, Georgia.

In October of 2015, Major Lisa Jaster also graduated to become the third woman to complete Army Ranger School. These women are part of a group of nineteen woomen who began Ranger training in spring of 2015 as part of the first gender-integrated class.

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Topic: Military ~ October 12, 2015

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