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About Us

The Trace Consumables Experts

At DSA Detection, we are fully dedicated to manufacturing and distributing DHS-approved products for  explosive trace detection systems. Our ETD products are compatible with two of the biggest names in explosive trace detection - Smiths Detection and Morpho Detection. Smiths Detection and Morpho Detection ETD systems are used across the globe by homeland security, military, and airport personnel for accurate threat detection.

In addition to our explosive trace detection products, we are committed to providing the most effective IED training aids. We manufacture X-ray correct IED training aids for security checkpoints and walk-through metal detectors for the accurate detection of guns, knives, mail threats, explosives, and explosive components such as firing circuits and blasting caps. We also provide classroom, computer based, and security officer training courses that will ensure efficient and effective security screening.

DSA Team

  • Dave Rutter, President and CEO

Dave has worked in the homeland security and national defense industry since 1980. Prior to founding DSA Detection, Dave was the Vice President of Global Support for Ion Track Instruments (later GE Security) from 2000-2004, supervising a department of 56 individuals responsible for pre-sale demonstrations, field trials, trade show exhibitions and post-sales instrument installation training, instrument depot repair, technical documentation, and program management. From 1996-2000, Dave was the Contracts Manager at American Science and Engineering, responsible for negotiating contracts for large mobile X-ray systems used by high-security and high-threat government agencies. Prior to that, Dave held contract and program management positions with various defense contractors, negotiating contracts with the Department of Defense.

  • Matthew Rutter, Chief Technology Officer and Director of Research and Development

Matthew Rutter is DSA Detection’s Chief Technology Officer and Director of Research and Development. Matt received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2010 and his Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University in 2013. Matt is responsible for the technical performance of DSA products offered and contemplated.

  • Lourdes Coleman, Director of Sales and Marketing

Lourdes possesses more than 20 years of customer relationship management experience, 17 years alone in the homeland security and national defense industry. Her expertise lies by way of deep analysis of the market forces and customer needs, and also direct sales, advertising, and marketing efforts through competitive promotions, superior service, and key trade show participation. Lourdes cultivates a strong relationship with decision makers with an aggressive and competitive pricing scheme. Prior to working for DSA Detection, Lourdes was the Sr. Sales Analyst from 2002-2006 for Ion Track Instruments, later known as GE Security, and now as Morpho Detection.

  • Liz Weikert, Director of Government Relations

Liz has over 25 years of Aviation Security experience. Her lengthy career began pre-911 with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) then reorganized as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). A graduate of the FAA Academy, she received her Aviation Security Inspection Credentials to conduct aviation security assessments and was also certified as an instructor where she delivered training at the Academy. After 911, she transferred to TSA to serve as the Manager for the Screening Training Division where she managed the development of all screener-related training and certified the TSA-contracted trainers for delivery of screener training. Liz then advanced to manage the Screening Policy & Procedures Division, developing and improving policies and procedures relating to security technologies deployed throughout the 465 +/- U.S. airports. Liz concluded her TSA career by joining the TSA Office of Inspection where she conducted covert/red team testing for checkpoint checked baggage and cargo screening.

In 2011, Liz joined DSA Detection as the Director of Government Relations and Training, providing keen insight into DSA’s government customer needs.

  • John Howell, Director of Explosives Technology

John has worked in the government security and national defense industry for over 27 years. John was formerly with the U.S. Marshals Judicial Security Division where his responsibilities encompassed all aspects of contract oversight (COR/COTR) and training of Court Security Officer at FLETC on screening operations. From 1999-2007, John worked for the Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security's Explosive Detection Program and Explosives Countermeasure Unit, as well as a COTR and Program manager of training. From 1987 to 1999, John was an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician with the U.S. Marines. He is a Combat Vet of the first Gulf War. John also served 4 years from 2007-2011 in the Army NG 753 EOD unit as the training NCOIC.

  • Clay Edwards, Director of Security Training

Clay carries over 28 years of combined law enforcement and military experience. Clay retired from the United States Marshals Service where he was a Chief Inspector in the Tactical Operations Division. He was responsible for the security of the federal courts in Washington, D.C. As a manager in the Office Security Programs, he established the insider threat program, revamped the workplace violence program, and supervised planning to counter active shooters at the agency Headquarters. He was a certified adjunct instructor for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC). He trained both Judicial Security Inspectors and Court Security Officers. He received a Director’s Award for the design and construction of the security at the new USMS Headquarters.

Clay served 15 years in the United States Army both as an Infantry Officer and a Civil Affairs Officer. He is a combat veteran of Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • Russ Horseman, Director of Trace Technologies

Russ has been involved in Threat Detection Training and Courseware Development for nearly three decades. In the early 90’s, Russ began his training career on the software side with companies such as Ford Aerospace, BDM, and Raytheon Pensacola, where he was the lead courseware developer for (at that time) the largest Navy training contract ever awarded. Soon after, Russ transitioned over to the platform training side, bringing his experience with training standardization and procedures to the original trace detection integration contract awarded by the government in the late 90’s. From 2000 on, Russ has played a key role in training, documentation, and deployments for all the major trace and threat detection manufacturers, including Iontrack/Morpho/Rapiscan, Barringer/ Smiths, and Implant Sciences/L3. Russ brings his vast experience with threat detection training, protocols, and equipment to DSA, helping them remain the world’s leader in threat detection products, consumables, and end-user training.

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