Robert C. Bonner is counsel to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and the senior principal of the Sentinel HS Group, LLC, a Washington, D.C.-based homeland security consulting firm that provides strategic advice regarding homeland and border security issues. In September 2001 Mr. Bonner was appointed Commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service, and served until 2006 as the first Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the agency of the Department of Homeland Security responsible for managing and securing U.S. borders while facilitating trade and travel. Prior to that, Mr. Bonner’s government service included Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), U. S. District Judge, and the United States Attorney for the Central District of California. He was the chair of the California Commission on Judicial Performance and currently serves on the board of trustees of the California Institute of Technology. Recently he was a member of the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on LAX security.