Director – Global Targeting Advisory Division, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Mr. David Dodson is currently the Director of the Global Targeting Advisory Division of the National Targeting Center, within U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Field Operations (OFO). The Global Targeting Advisory Division is responsible for the Automated Targeting System-Global (ATS-G), which provides strategic foreign partners with a traveler risk management system similar to that used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The Global Targeting Advisory Division also provides support for the World Customs Organization (WCO)’s Cargo Targeting System program.
Mr. Dodson joined the U.S. Customs Service as an Inspector in January 1996. Initially assigned to Los Angeles International Airport, Mr. Dodson worked in Passenger Operations as well as the Contraband Enforcement Team (CET), the Passenger Enforcement Rover Team (PERT), and the Passenger Analysis Unit (PAU). During the course of these assignments, he became recognized as an expert user of TECS (formerly the Treasury Enforcement Communications System) and the Automated Targeting System – Passenger (ATS-P) systems. In September 2002, Mr. Dodson was selected as one of the first permanent employees for the National Targeting Center (then the Office of Border Security).
In May 2004, Mr. Dodson was assigned duties as a program manager for ATS-P, where he oversaw the development of system modifications, and provided expertise to internal and external groups on the role and capabilities of ATS-P in the traveler targeting process. In October 2007, he and the ATS-P program were assigned to U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s newly-created Office of Intelligence and Operations Coordination, later renamed the Office of Intelligence and Investigative Liaison (OIIL). In October 2012, Mr. Dodson became the Director, Passenger Targeting within OIIL’s Targeting Division, with responsibilities for various modules of the Automated Targeting System. As part of a CBP realignment in 2015, the OIIL Targeting Division was transferred to OFO’s National Targeting Center.
Mr. Dodson has successfully negotiated numerous international and U.S. government interagency agreements, and has spoken on the topics of advance traveler information and traveler risk management at various international fora. In January 2017, Mr. Dodson and the ATS-G team received Certificates of Merit from the WCO for their work on “Data Analysis for Effective Border Management”.
Mr. Dodson received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in History and Economics from the University of California – Santa Cruz.