Brian Gallagher serves as a senior consultant and advisor to Omnipoynt. Brian served under U.S. Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama as the Senior Physical Security Specialist in the U.S. Secret Service (USSS) Technical Security Division. At Omnipoynt, Brian consults for special events, WMD and cyber-physical clients.
His background is in new and emerging technologies. With USSS, he was also a Committee Chairman for the 2009 G20 Summit. Since leaving the federal government, he has worked with customers around the world introducing disruptive commercial technologies focused on maritime, border and critical infrastructure protection. He also serves as the Vice President of Decision Science International Corporation, responsible for its commercial activities.
Brian received a bachelor’s in Homeland Security from American Military University and a master’s in Homeland Security with a concentration in Information Security and Forensics (Cyber), from Pennsylvania State University. Brian is a member of the White House Business Council.
Brian has significant experience with Special Security Events such as National Special Security Events (NSSE). When an event is designated by the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security as an NSSE, the U.S. Secret Service assumes its mandated role as the lead agency for the design and implementation of the operational security plan. The Secret Service has developed a core strategy to carry out its security operations, which relies heavily on its established partnerships with law enforcement and public safety officials at the local, state, and federal levels.
The goal of the cooperating agencies is to provide a safe and secure environment for Secret Service protectees, other dignitaries, the event participants, and the general public. There is a tremendous amount of advance planning and coordination in preparation for these events, particularly in the areas of venue and motorcade route security, communications, credentialing, logistics, lodging, and training.
NSSE operational plans include the use of physical infrastructure security fencing, barricades, special access accreditation badges, Explosive and K-9 teams, airspace, and other advanced security technologies. To ensure consequence management, coordinators pre-positions Domestic Emergency Support Teams, Urban Search and Rescue Teams, National Emergency Response Teams, Nuclear Incident Response Teams, and Strategic National Stockpiles and Mobile Emergency Response Systems. Specific teams and groupings of teams are designed for each event based on coordination with other federal entities, state and local jurisdictions, available local resources, and mutual aid agreements.
Additionally, coordinators sponsor training seminars for command-level federal, state, and local law enforcement and public safety officials to provide principles for managing security at major events and strategies for reducing vulnerabilities related to terrorism. The seminars also discuss key strategies and lessons learned from past NSSEs.
Specific Experience with National and International Special Security Events:
2005 Inauguration of the President of the United States – Washington, D.C.
2005 Washington Nationals Baseball Season Opening
2006 United National General Assembly – New York, NY
2007 United National General Assembly – New York, NY
2008 Asia Pacific Economic Conference – Lima, Peru
2008 United National General Assembly – New York, NY
2009 G20 Global Summit – Pittsburg, PA
2009 Inauguration of the President of the United States– Washington, D.C
2009 United National General Assembly – New York, NY
2010 Asia Pacific Economic Conference – Yokohama, Japan
2010 United National General Assembly – New York, NY
2011 State Funeral – Crown Prince Sultan – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2011 State of the Union Address – Washington, D.C
2011 Asia Pacific Economic Conference – Honolulu, Hawaii
2011 United National General Assembly – New York, NY
2012 North Atlantic Treaty Organization Summit – Chicago, Illinois
2012 Democratic National Convention – Charlotte, NC
2012 United National General Assembly – New York, NY
2013 Inauguration of the President of the United States– Washington, D.C
2015 Egyptian Economic Development Summit – Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt