BEN JOELSON

Areas of Focus:
  • Antiterrorism and Security Operations
  • Homeland Security and Preparedness
  • Training and Exercise Development
Ben Joelson is a Senior Director at The Chertoff Group, where he utilizes his broad converged security expertise to help Fortune 500 clients manage risk. Mr. Joelson also helps Clients in the security, technology, and aerospace and defense sectors grow and differentiate their business. Prior to joining The Chertoff Group Ben served as a Security Forces Officer in the United States Air Force.  In this capacity he was responsible for the protection of some of the most critical assets and installations within the Department of Defense (DoD). Mr. Joelson has led hundreds of force protection and risk management professionals on three continents as the senior off-installation nuclear convoy commander for an alert missile wing, a military police officer in Italy, and as an antiterrorism officer in the Middle East.

Mr. Joelson has developed comprehensive risk management strategies for Fortune 500 Clients, critical infrastructure providers, and leading global manufacturers. He has also protected DoD installations, planned and executed various missions in the no-fail world of nuclear security operations, and worked closely with joint and international partners to secure our nation’s most strategic assets and personnel in all threat environments. Some examples of Ben’s operational experiences include: crafting specific counter-measures following credible ISIS threats; working with the CIA, State Department, and other agencies to develop force protection strategies for deployed US personnel; and planning and executing a short-notice presidential ground security detail in a deployed environment. Ben has also personally commanded 80 nuclear ICBM convoys across a 9,600-square mile missile complex.  

Mr. Joelson is a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Legal Studies. He holds a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security from the Pennsylvania State University, and is a Board-Certified Protection Professional (CPP) as designated by ASIS International. Mr. Joelson also works actively to help end veteran homelessness, and support the families of fallen servicemembers.
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