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Bryan Vossekuil

Bryan M. Vossekuil is a retired Special Agent of the United States Secret Service.  In his 26-year career as an agent and supervisor, he served on the Presidential Protective Division and was the Deputy Agent in Charge of the Intelligence Division.  He retired as the Executive Director of the Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center.

Mr. Vossekuil is the author/co-author of more than 20 publications including Protective Intelligence and Threat Assessment Investigations: A Guide for State and Local Law Enforcement Officials, published by the National Institute of Justice.  He co-directed the Secret Service Exceptional Case Study Project (ECSP), which analyzed the thinking and behavior of all 83 persons (1949 – 1996) known to have attacked, or approached for attack, a prominent person of public status in the United States, and the Secret Service Safe Schools Initiative (SSI), an operational study of 37 school shootings in the U.S. in the past 25 years.  Mr. Vossekuil was instrumental in translating research findings from both studies into operational policies, programs, and attack-prevention activities.


Dr. R. Scott Shumate
Vice President

R. Scott Shumate, PsyD, has spent most of his career in the intelligence community working in an operational role.  He retired from the federal government as a Senior Executive head of the Behavioral Science Directorate of DoD’s Counter Intelligence Field Activity.  Having extensive experience in countries around the world, he is an expert in Arab Culture and has extensive knowledge of Chinese and Russian culture.

Currently, Dr. Shumate consults with several Federal Law Enforcement, DoD and Intelligence Agencies.   He provides specialized training in Counter-Surveillance, Elicitation, and Interviewing, and operational consultation on active cases on matters of Operational Targeting, Handling, and Debriefing.   He is an author of several peer-reviewed publications on operational psychology; has previously served as a staff researcher and University instructor, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on psychology and culture; and has supervised and mentored post-doctoral fellows.  Dr. Shumate is currently licensed as a clinical psychologist in Maryland and Virginia.   


Mark Smithberger

Mark Smithberger retired after more than 30 years of law enforcement service as NCIS’s CI Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition.  He was previously a SAC and ASAC with the NCIS.  He has extensive experience in multi-disciplinary counterintelligence threat assessments and intelligence and counterintelligence investigations and is an expert on developing and implementing investigative protocols.  Much of his career with NCIS was spent overseas. 

Mr. Smithberger has been actively involved in the development of, and participation in, training programs for investigators including threat assessment and interviewing training for the Criminal Investigation Task Force (CITF).


Robert A. Fein, Ph.D.

Robert A. Fein is a forensic and national security psychologist with a specialty in threat assessment and the prevention of targeted violence. He is currently a member of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s Advanced Technology Board. He served as a member of the Director of National Intelligence’s Intelligence Science Board from 2003 to 2010, where he chaired the ISB Study on Educing Information. Since 2001, Dr. Fein has worked with various entities in the Intelligence Community on questions concerning risk assessment, roles of psychologists in the IC, and educing information. Dr. Fein has spent the last thirty-five years working to understand and prevent targeted violence, having evaluated several thousand violent offenders and testifying in state and federal courts on over 1,000 occasions. He worked for more than twenty years with the United States Secret Service reviewing and consulting on protective intelligence cases concerning the assessment and management of persons who might present harm to the President and other national leaders. Fein is the author or co-author of more than thirty publications on preventing targeted violence. He has co-directed two major NIJ-supported, Secret Service operational studies of targeted violence: one focused on assassination; the other on school attacks. He received American Academy of Forensic Psychology's Award for Distinguished Career Contributions to Forensic Psychology in 2003, and currently holds faculty appointments at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the Harvard Medical School.


John M. Berglund
Director of Operations

John Berglund is a retired Special Agent of the United States Secret Service where he served as Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge in the National Threat Assessment Center and as the Resident Agent in Charge of the Milwaukee Office.  In his over 30 year law enforcement career, Mr. Berglund has also served as a Deputy Director, Supervisory Criminal Investigator, and District Commander within the United States Department of Homeland Security and is currently a certified law enforcement officer.

Mr. Berglund has significant experience in evaluating and developing programs for the prevention of targeted violence including terrorism, violence directed at public officials and public figures, school-based violence, stalking, and workplace violence. He has co-authored several peer-reviewed publications and monographs on targeted violence.  He previously served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Threat Assessment and on the Executive Committee, United States Attorney’s Anti-Terrorism Task Force. 


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