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Risk Mitigation Consulting

RMC supports complex missions and designs innovative solutions to the contemporary threats and challenges in protecting our customer's assets and resources. We use proven processes and quality control systems that result in high-quality technical services. 

RMC has been instrumental in providing the leadership and vision for the design, development and implementation of a more integrated and robust mission assurance program.


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Mission Statement

“Risk Mitigation Consulting strives to assist clients in lowering their overall risk exposure by identifying risk and mitigating the impact of that risk through proper management and proactive planning.”

RMC Leadership

Micheal Ziegler, Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Ziegler possesses over three decades of experience in operational risk management, facility and installation risk assessment and individual organization program review. He has advised multiple General Officers and has experience developing risk management methodologies, assessment program guides. Ziegler holds a Master’s degree in Military Operational Art & Science from the Air War College and he has a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nebraska. He has authored numerous articles, training materials, and assessment guides. Mr. Ziegler is a frequent guest lecturer at military conferences and association meetings. Mr. Ziegler proudly served 21 years in the United States Navy.

Ziegler has been the driving force behind the USMC’s integrated planning team focused on standardizing the information fusion and sharing processes within the Marine Corps and development of an All-Hazards Threat matrix, which incorporates man-made and natural threats and hazards, both accidental and intentional into an integrated, prioritized matrix to supplement the departments risk assessment process.


Brent Hyland, Chief Operating Officer

Brent Hyland is Chief Operating Officer for RMC, an industry recognized leader in delivering mission assurance and critical infrastructure protection services and solutions.  He has designed and implemented methodologies for conducting risk-based assessments of complex military infrastructure worldwide for over a decade.  Hyland manages RMC’s operations and divisions in delivering mission assurance, energy security, critical infrastructure protection, and cybersecurity services to the Department of the Navy, Federal, and commercial customers.  Prior to joining RMC, Hyland assisted Headquarters Marine Corps, Plans Policy & Operation Security Division in developing the concepts, pilot programs, and strategies for implementing risk management encompassing risk analysis, training, homeland defense, and defense support of civil authorities.

Hyland was an Officer in the United States Marine Corps and he holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management and Systems Engineering with a focus in Crisis, Emergency and Risk, from George Washington University as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Tennessee.


D'Etta Rassier, Director, Business Operations

Ms. Rassier is responsible for RMC's business functions including contracts, subcontracts, accounting, project controls, human resources, and business development. Rassier participates in the operational management and strategic planning of the company. She is responsible for maintaining corporate-wide policy, direction, training and oversight of all contracts and subcontracts and ensures compliance to Government regulations and cost accounting standards. Rassier serves as a principal interface with customers on all business matters, and provides strategic direction for key corporate processes to consistently deliver high quality performance and value added services for our customers.

Rassier's background includes over 25 years of domestic and international experience in contracts, finance, business development, project management, manufacturing, and supply chain management for government and commercial customers. Prior to RMC, Rassier served in positions with increasing responsibility in the aerospace and defense industry, including management roles in contracts and project controls for Raytheon; manufacturing and engineering for Texas Instruments.  As the Program Management Director for a $1.4 billion Army Material Command and U.S. Corps of Engineer project for the incineration of chemical weapons. Rassier was an integral member of the project start up and leadership team during construction, systematization, and operations.
Rassier received her bachelor’s degree in Finance from University of North Texas and her MBA from University of Dallas.


Scott Hotaling, CPP - Director, Security/Risk Operations

Mr. Hotaling has over 20 years of experience in the commercial and government sectors, specializing in risk management, infrastructure analysis, critical infrastructure protection, and business continuity. Mr. Hotaling leads RMC’s Risk and Security Division and serves as the Program Manager for the Navy Mission Assurance projects. Hotaling has been at the forefront of the Defense Critical Infrastructure Program and evolution to mission assurance for over 10 years. Hotaling has led a number of programs and teams of subject matter experts conducting complex all-hazard risk assessments at a variety of strategic sites worldwide. As a pioneer in developing risk-based assessments to assure critical infrastructure capabilities, Hotaling’s leadership and unique approach to managing risk has allowed clients to make informed decisions about where to apply limited resources. Clients have commended this approach as a practical and reliable process for making informed risk decisions. Mr. Hotaling has authored a number of risk assessment guides, white papers, training manuals, and federal standards and guidelines.

Prior to his Federal work, Hotaling spent 12 years conducting security, risk-based assessments, and business continuity planning for various Fortune 500 companies and professional sports leagues. Hotaling holds a Bachelors in Forensic Science and Public Justice and has been trained in engineering and modeling (blast and plume effects). Mr. Hotaling has been involved in ASIS International for over 20 years and is Board Certified in Security Management holding the Certified Protection Professional (CPP) designation since 2001.


James Lutz, Security+ CISSP CSSLP CEH - Director, Cyber & Technology Operations

Mr. Lutz brings over sixteen years of experience in system validation, cybersecurity vulnerability assessment, penetration testing, secure software development, Computer Network Defense (CND), Certification and Accreditation (C&A), Information Assurance (IA) and Information Technology (IT). Lutz leads RMC's Cyber Operations group which supports all aspects of validation and vulnerability assessments, secure software development, CND, C&A, cybersecurity, network operations, and Incident Response. Mr. Lutz has extensive experience with integrating Information Assurance practices into the Software Development Lifecycle for large-scale applications and systems and has managed 24x7 Security Operations Center’s with intrusion detection and prevention, incident response, and perimeter defense capabilities. Lutz's experience includes implementation of DIACAP/Risk Management Framework processes, risk management and mitigation plans, policy development, and enforcement of Government and DoD Cybersecurity requirements.

RMC's Cyber Operations group has grown significantly under Mr. Lutz's leadership. Lutz and his team perform pre-DISA Command Cyber Readiness Inspections (CCRI) and USMC Cyber Security site assessments. The Cyber Operations team performs vulnerability assessments and system security engineering for new systems and applications prior to placing them on the Marine Corps Enterprise Network. His management of the cyber team includes assessment and review of Configuration Management plans, Quality Assurance plans, user manuals, and Information System Security Plans and COOP/disaster recovery plans. Lutz was awarded the designation of United States Marine Corps Approved Validator by HQMC C4 DAA

Lutz holds a Master of Science in Information Assurance and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.


Chad Cogan - Director, Intelligence and Analysis

Mr. Cogan has over 24 years of experience in military intelligence, counterterrorism, antiterrorism, force protection, and mission assurance disciplines, as both a uniformed Marine and civilian consultant, and is a subject matter expert (SME) on intelligence and threat information sharing processes within the CENTCOM, PACOM, EUCOM, and NORTHCOM AORs. He leads RMC’s Intelligence and Analysis Division, which provides threat and hazard analysis, intelligence operational support, training, and knowledge management to our customers. Since 2011, Mr. Cogan has led the creation, implementation, and management of the U.S. Marine Corps’ and U.S. Navy’s All Hazard Threat Assessment (AHTA) programs, developing or overseeing the development of over 170 All Hazard Threat Assessments for DoD installations globally. Due to his efforts and leadership in supporting RMC employees who are military veterans, RMC was recognized as a Patriotic Employer by the Office of Secretary of Defense, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).

Mr. Cogan retired from the U.S. Marine Corps after 21 years of service and previously served as a national security and intelligence consultant to U.S. Central Command’s Terrorism and Illicit Activities Branch (CCJ2-JAT) and U.S. Marine Corps Forces Northern Command. Mr. Cogan has served as an Adjunct Faculty Fellow for Tulane University’s School of Professional Advancement Emergency and Security Studies Program since January 2009, providing instruction in intelligence research, methods, and analysis and domestic and international terrorism.

Mr. Cogan is a graduate of Tulane University and is a certificated Antiterrorism Officer and Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Intelligence Analyst.


Erin Breen - Director, Program Support

Ms. Breen is a subject matter expert in mission assurance, risk management, antiterrorism and physical security. She has been supporting the Marine Corps mission assurance program for over 10 years. Prior to joining RMC Ms. Breen supported Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC), Plans, Policies and Operations, Security Division. She was responsible for conducting all-hazard exercises, coordinating assessments and report develop and onsite client support.

Ms. Breen also serves as RMC’s Security Manager. She is responsible for developing and maintaining RMC’s facility clearance, individual clearances and security education program. Ms. Breen leads the program support group at RMC responsible for providing assessment support and report development.

She received a bachelor of art’s degree in political science from the University of Central Florida.