WASHINGTON – The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) announced today the hiring of TJ Kennedy  as its Deputy General Manager. Kennedy is a seasoned public safety communications executive, joining FirstNet from Raytheon Co. where he served as Director, Public Safety and Security with responsibility for radio interoperability systems.
“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.”
Prior to joining Raytheon, Kennedy was a Vice President at Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), where he oversaw deployment of large, integrated communication and security systems, including public safety systems for the 2004 Olympic Games.
Kennedy previously served as past president of the International Association of Flight and Critical Care Paramedics.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to join this organization as we set out to deliver a nationwide, broadband data network that will enhance the ability of emergency responders to protect and serve the public,” said Kennedy. His first day as Deputy General Manager was July 29, 2013.
FirstNet also announced today the hiring of Ed Parkinson  as Director of Government Affairs. From 2008-2013, Parkinson was a staff member for the House Homeland Security Committee chaired by Rep. Peter T. King. Parkinson primarily worked on first responder telecommunications issues. In addition, his work involved border security, emergency preparedness, cybersecurity, and investigations into waste, fraud, and the 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.”
FirstNet will provide emergency responders with the first high-speed, nationwide network dedicated to public safety. FirstNet is designed to improve communication among local, state, regional, tribal and national emergency services personnel. The broadband data network will help save lives and protect the health and safety of all Americans. It will be built using LTE, the most advanced wireless technology available today. FirstNet fulfills a fundamental need of the public safety community for a single, mission-critical communications system enabling force multiplier effectiveness. Overseen by representatives of public safety, government and the wireless industry, FirstNet is an independent entity within the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (www.firstnet.gov ).