NEC NSS deploys groundbreaking solutions for government use, including end-to-end systems for access control and security, Next Gen identity verification, scene processing, advanced analytics, and intrusion detection.
NEC NSS is a foreign-ownership-mitigated, wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation of America. NEC Corporation invests an estimated $1.01 billion annually in R&D, holds 47,000 patents, and has more than 110,000 employees in 160+ countries.
NSS’s anticipated special security agreement (SSA) with the U.S. government will qualify it to work on projects related to national security, free of foreign ownership, control, or influence (FOCI).
Our integrated hardware and software solutions support some of the U.S government’s most critical missions, including those of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Defense (DOD), Department of State (DOS), Department of Justice (DOJ), and the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC).
Learn About the NSS Board
Dr. Kathleen L. Kiernan – Interim President
Dr. Kathleen L. Kiernan is Interim President of NEC National Security Systems (NSS), a Foreign Ownership, Control, or Influence (FOCI) mitigated subsidiary of NEC Corporation of America with an anticipated special security agreement (SSA). Dr. Kiernan will execute the company’s vision of providing world-class biometric and identity, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and computer vision applications for federal government agencies in defense, intelligence, law enforcement, and homeland security agencies.
A 29-year veteran of Federal Law Enforcement, Dr. Kiernan is a recognized expert in strategic thinking, strategy development, and facilitating critical incident management exercises across government and private sector organizations. She is the founder and CEO of Kiernan Group Holdings (KGH), a women-owned global consulting firm specializing in intelligence, law enforcement and national security. Previously, she served as the Assistant Director for the Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).
Dr. Kiernan has developed and trademarked four approaches to complex national-level issues (Fuciferi Versuiti®, Emerging Technology Innovation CenterTM, PWP® and G.O.T. Preparedness®). She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Security Today Platinum Award for Best Educational Program in Homeland Security in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. She is also an adjunct faculty member of the Johns Hopkins School of Education and the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School.
Dr. Kiernan holds a Doctor of Education from Northern Illinois University, a Master’s Degree in International Transaction from George Mason University, and a Master’s of Science from Joint Military Intelligence College.
Raffie Beroukhim – Board Member
Raffie Beroukhim is Senior Vice President and Chief Experience Officer, NEC Corporation of America. Mr. Beroukhim oversees both NEC’s Advanced Recognition System and Digital Platform divisions, the group responsible for developing NEC’s next generation digital identity management platform, NEC I:Delight.
Mr. Beroukhim has led the growth of NEC Corporation of America by expanding its biometrics and identity management solutions for public safety and law enforcement, establishing new operations and offices for its federal government business unit, and launching the Global Aviation Center of Excellence (CoE) in pursuit of growing its commercial aviation customer experience (CX) practice.
As CXO, Mr. Beroukhim’s role is to execute the company’s accelerated course for social value creation for clients and partners in aviation, finance, hospitality, healthcare, education, and retail markets through digital transformation and platform-based services. Under Mr. Beroukhim’s leadership, NEC has enabled numerous organizations, including Star Alliance, the Hawaii Department of Transportation, and Delta Air Lines, transform their business with NEC’s industry leading biometric solutions.
Prior to joining NEC, Mr. Beroukhim held leadership and management responsibilities including Vice President of Sales at Motorola Solutions and Idemia. Mr. Beroukhim holds an Executive MBA from the Paul Merage School of Business, University of California Irvine and graduated from California State University Long Beach with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.
Brigadier General Francis X Taylor – Board Member
Francis Taylor is the President and CEO, FXTAYLOR Associates. He retired from the United States Federal Government in January of 2017 as Undersecretary for Intel and Analysis at the Department of Homeland Security. From Mar 2005 until Nov 2013, he was Vice President and Chief Security Officer for the General Electric Company. Prior to joining GE, Mr. Taylor had a distinguished 35-year career in government service, where he held several senior positions managing investigations, security and counterterrorism issues.
Most recently, he served as the Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security and Director of the Office of Foreign Missions, with a rank of Ambassador. Ambassador Taylor also served as the US Ambassador at Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism for the Department of State from July 2001 to November 2002. In this role, he was responsible for the implementing US counterterrorism policy overseas and coordinating the US government response to international terrorist activities.
During his 31 years of military service, Ambassador Taylor served with distinction, rising to the rank of Brigadier General in September 1996. In his final active-duty assignment, Brigadier General Taylor headed the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.
Mr. Taylor received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame in 1970 and 1974. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the Notre Dame ROTC program.
Kay Kapoor – Board Member
Kay Kapoor has an expansive 29-year career, leading and running large technology organizations in private-sector and public-sector markets. She currently serves as CEO of Arya-Technologies, providing independent consulting to organizations in the government, regulatory, financial, and technology industries, especially around growth strategies and M&A.
Recently, Kapoor led AT&T's $15B Global Public Sector business providing innovative technology and communications solutions to customers across federal, state, local & international governments and education markets. Over the course of 5 years, she transformed the segment and delivered hyper-growth. Achievements include capturing multibillion-dollar contracts including the landmark FirstNet contract, to build a nationwide public safety broadband network for first responders.
Previously, Kapoor served as Chairman & CEO of Accenture Federal Services, a $1.3B wholly-owned subsidiary of Accenture LLC. Before that, she worked at Lockheed Martin Corp for 20 years, leading complex organization units and government relations. She ultimately served as Vice President & COO of Lockheed's $4.0B, 13,000 employee, IS&GS-Civil unit.
Kapoor sits on the Dean's council of Harvard's Kennedy School and the advisory board of Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She is a member of the Dean's Advisory Council at Johns Hopkins, Carey School of Business. Kapoor earned a Masters degree in Business from Johns Hopkins University complemented by executive programs at MIT and Harvard. She earned her Bachelor's degree from University of Maryland.
Dr. Michael Vickers – Board Member
Michael Vickers, who assumed the responsibilities as undersecretary of defense for intelligence March 17, 2011, has been the longest serving Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence in the department’s history.
Previously, he served as the department’s first and only assistant secretary of defense for special operations/low-intensity and interdependent capabilities from July 2007 to March 2011, and acting Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence from January 2011 to March 2011.
Vickers’ federal service has spanned nearly four decades; serving in a variety of positions as a national security decision maker and intelligence community leader. In addition to his tenure at the Department of Defense, he also served in the U.S. Army as a Special Forces non-commissioned officer and Special Forces officer and was a CIA operations officer.