Acting Assistant Secretary
Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
In October 2019, Mr. Gary Rasicot was selected to serve as the acting Assistant Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office (CWMD). The mission of DHS CWMD is to enable operational partners to prevent WMD use against the Homeland and promote readiness for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats.
Mr. Rasicot is an experienced government executive who implements a staff-driven, collaborative leadership style. Prior to this position at DHS CWMD, Mr. Gary Rasicot assumed the duties as the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Deputy Commandant for Mission Support-Deputy for Personnel Readiness (DCMS-DPR) in September 2018. He maintained oversight and functionality of the Coast Guard's human resources, force readiness and Academy activities. Prior to that, Mr. Rasicot served as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Chief of Operations, the TSA acting Deputy Administrator, the USCG Director of Marine Transportation Systems, and the USCG Director of Global Maritime Operational Threat Response (MOTR) Coordination Center at DHS, where he was responsible for facilitating the development of interagency-approved U.S. Government courses of action in response to threats against the United States and its interests in the maritime domain. Prior to his appointment to the Senior Executive Service, Mr. Rasicot was President and Chief Executive Officer of SureShip, Inc., a national company providing end-to-end e-commerce, inventory management and fulfillment services for major corporations, non-profits and entrepreneurs.
Mr. Rasicot served as an active duty Coast Guard officer for 24 years. His military assignments included Chief, Coast Guard Drug Interdiction Program; Liaison Officer to the Joint Staff Counternarcotic Division; Commanding Officer, USCGC MOHAWK; Director for Maritime Security Policy, Homeland Security Council at the White House; and Chief of the Coast Guard Office of Counterterrorism and Special Missions. Mr. Rasicot’s final active duty assignment was Deputy Commander, U.S. Deployable Operations Group, where he was responsible for the establishment of the Coast Guard’s single point of control for the staffing, training, and logistics support for deployable capabilities. In his role as Deputy Commander, Mr. Rasicot oversaw the consolidation and daily operations of 27 field units comprised of 3,000 persons.
Mr. Rasicot is a 1984 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree. He holds a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Maryland.