The First Responders Network, known as FirstNet, announced two major hires on Thursday as TJ Kennedy will be the network’s deputy general manager and Ed Parkinson will head government affairs.
Kennedy comes from Raytheon where he served as director of public safety and security, with responsibility for radio interoperability systems.
Prior to joining Raytheon, Kennedy was a vice president at Science Applications International Corp., where he oversaw deployment of large, integrated communication and security systems, including public safety systems for the 2004 Olympic Games.
“TJ’s credentials and experience are ideally suited for his role as FirstNet’s Deputy General Manager,” said FirstNet General Manager Bill D’Agostino. “FirstNet will benefit greatly from his breadth of knowledge on mission-critical communications systems and public safety. As a former Utah state trooper, firefighter and paramedic, he understands firsthand the importance of building this dedicated public safety network and the needs of the first responders who we serve.”
As for Parkinson, he was a staff member for the House Homeland Security Committee chaired by Rep. Peter T. King, where he primarily worked on first responder telecommunications issues.
In addition, his work involved border security, emergency preparedness, cybersecurity, and investigations into waste, fraud and abuse of government resources.
“Ed is a great addition to the FirstNet team,” said D’Agostino. “As a congressional staffer who worked on public safety legislation, Ed fully understands the requirements of FirstNet. His experience working with Congress will be invaluable as we work closely with state, tribal, territorial, local and federal entities to develop our plans for this network.”