David Pyne currently serves as Utah Director for the EMP Task Force on National and Homeland Security and as a Vice President for the Association of the United States Army’s Utah chapter. David previously served as a United States Army officer and has worked as an International Programs Manager on the Department of the Army Headquarters staff, as a Consultant for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and as an International Analyst for both the Office of the Secretary of Defense and for the Department of the Navy. Mr. Pyne previously served as National Security Policy Director for U.S. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), as the founder of Sen. Lee’s Military Advisory Committee and as 2nd Vice President of the Salt Lake Total Force Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America. He served as Chairman/Vice Chairman of the Utah State Legislative Compensation Commission from 2009-2017. David holds a MA degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University’s prestigious School of Foreign Service.
He has been interviewed on television, on several talk radio shows and has been quoted in a number of newspapers, magazine articles and books. Mr. Pyne has had his op-eds published in The National Interest, Deseret News, Salt Lake Tribune, the Provo Daily Herald, WorldNetDaily.com and Military.com. He, along with other Utah EMP Task Force leaders, are available to speak to national or state policymakers and staffers, emergency management professionals or to civic and political groups on the EMP threat and other existential threats facing our great nation. Click here to contact him for more information.
COL (Ret) Ed King
Sr Deputy Director & Sr. Subject Matter Expert
Colonel (Ret) Gene E. King, a Distinguished Military Graduate of the ROTC program at Weber State University was commissioned as a regular Army Officer (Ordnance Corps) in 1976. He holds a Bachelor of Science in History and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy.
His military education includes the Ordnance Officer Basic and advanced Courses, Special Weapons Officer Course, Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) School, Combined Arms Services Staff College, Materiel Acquisition Management Course, Command and General Staff College and the National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
COL (Ret) King’s awards include: the Army Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal (with four Oak Leaf clusters); the Joint Service Commendation Medal; Army Commendation Medal (with two Oak Leaf clusters); the Joint Service Achievement Medal; the Army Achievement Medal; the National Defense Service Metal (with two stars) the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Metal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Metal, the Armed Forces Service Metal, the Korean Defense Service Metal, the Overseas Service Ribbon (with numeral 4) and the Army Superior Unit Award. He earned the Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge, the
Parachutist Badge and the Army Staff Identification Badge.
Deputy Director and Subject Matter Expert
Bob McEntee is a 1988 USAFA Graduate, with a BS in US Military History, and a minor in German. He was a SAC Alert Force KC-135 Instructor & Navigator from 1990-1991, and a Single Integrated Operations Plan (SIOP) Instructor & Planner. He received the SAC 1994 Omaha Trophy on behalf of the 43rd ARW.
He is a USAF Squadron Officer School Graduate, a Combat Air Tactics Training Graduate, a Red Flag Planner & Flying Graduate, and a USAF Contingency Wartime Planning Course Graduate. He is also the recipient of 3 Air Medals for Combat Support/Missions in 5 Continents, with over 5,000 hours of flight time.
Senior Deputy Director
COL Kevin Riedler retired in June 2011 following 30+ years of service. A graduate of West Point, BYU (MS – Computer Science), the Army’s Opns Research Course (Distinguished Grad), Command and General
Staff College, the Army War College, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Gov’t (Nat’l Security Fellowship), and Naval Postgraduate School’s Homeland Security Exec. Leaders program, he completed 3 Pentagon
tours, the first as a Legislative Liaison Officer, and the last leading the J5 Homeland Division. Of particular note was his developing plans/policies for the President and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs for use of the military in homeland defense, and work with the OSD staff on Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP). Other posts included 2 tours teaching at the Army War College, and missile and training commands from LT
Kevin deployed to Haiti (twice) and Iraq, the latter in ‘03-‘04 developing that nation’s electrical infrastructure security plan. Following his Harvard studies, he worked extensively in Strategic
Planning and homeland security at state and national levels, helping establish several state multi-agency defense synergistic planning groups.
Kevin speaks Danish and German, having lived 5 years in those 2 countries. He fills numerous volunteer leadership roles with military organizations, Boy Scouts, his church, and heads West Point’s recruiting efforts in Utah. He and his bride Beth served as Military Relations Liaisons to the US Military Academy at West Point, ‘15-‘17. They now reside in Bountiful, UT.
Robert John Primbs, Jr.
LtCol USAFR (Ret) Robert John Primbs, Jr., a graduate of Officer Candidate School, was commissioned in 1976 with duty as an Intelligence Officer. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Electronics/Physics, a Master of Arts in Industrial Management & Supervision, a Master of Business Administration and is International Certification Institute MBA program certified.
His professional military education includes Special Investigators School, USAF Office of Special Investigations, Academic Instructors School, USAF Aircraft Battle Damage Repair School, Joint Services Strategic Logistics Management School, USAF Air Command and Staff College, USAF Air University, Air War College, Naval War College Reserve Officer National Security Decision Making Program, and the National Defense University Reserve Components National Security Program. His professional certifications include System Planning, Research, Development & Engineering, Level III, Program Management, Level II, Certificate of Mastery, Organizational Processes, Hammer Corp., Space Professional Certification Level III, and Solid Rocket Motor Designer, Wickman Spacecraft & Propulsion Co.
Col Primbs military awards include the NASA Group Achievement Award as a member of the Columbia Space Shuttle Accident Investigation Board Team 2003, the Air Force Association Outstanding Reservist Award, Space and Missile Center, the the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Global War On Terrorism Medal, and the Global War on Terror (GWOT) Service Medal.
Col Primbs has a strong background in Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Protection with service as a Minuteman II & III ICBM ground systems nuclear hardness and D37C guidance hardness maintenance and Peacekeeper ICBM Airborne Launch Control Systems engineering support. He also served as the Chief Engineering Supervisor, Minuteman ICBM Ground Systems Engineering Support
Richard Genck served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves for 6 years as a fuel specialist and in motor transport. He now owns his own business as a marketer and web developer for over 30 businesses and organizations, including the Thomas Jefferson Center for Constitutional Restoration, the Worldwide Organization for Women, and the Columbus Center for International Outreach. Richard also serves as the Iron County Republican Party Secretary.