BRIAN HESS

Brian Hess is a Senior Associate at The Chertoff Group, where he utilizes his diverse background and two decades of security experience to assist Fortune 500 clients manage risk.

Prior to joining The Chertoff Group, Brian served as a Security Forces Officer in the United States Air Force for over twenty years.  In this capacity, Mr. Hess led thousands of force protection and risk management professionals in combat zones, numerous foreign locations, and throughout the United States.  As a subject matter expert in protection and defense, Mr. Hess was chosen as the first-ever Security Forces Officer to the elite Skunk Works division of the Pentagon where he focused on deep-future concepts and developed the Air Force’s strategic pathway for the defense of Air Bases spanning the next two decades.  While at the Pentagon, Mr. Hess also authored the security policies and procedures covering the Air Force’s entire nuclear enterprise and managed the Air Force’s nuclear security risk portfolio, advising the nation’s most senior leaders on mitigation techniques and compensatory measures. 

Earlier in his career, Mr. Hess was chosen as one of only a few members to the exclusive “Flying Guns” section at Andrews AFB, Maryland, where he provided fly-away protection for Air Force One, Air Force Two, and various other distinguished aircraft.  In this capacity, he traveled the world with the President, Vice President, Cabinet-level Secretaries, Congressional leaders, and foreign heads of state conducing risk assessments, mitigating threats, and providing protection for our nation’s leaders.  He also established the Air Force’s first-ever Force Protection Intelligence division, which focused on blending intelligence, threat mitigation, and defense of assets into comprehensive assessments for some of our nation’s most critical assets. 

Mr. Hess is an honor graduate of the American Military University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Intelligence Studies with a focus on Terrorism Studies.  He also holds a Master of Arts in Diplomacy with a concentration on Terrorism from Norwich University.  He is a 2018 graduate of the FBI National Academy and is a graduate of various schools within the defense and intelligence communities to include schools within the Defense Intelligence Agency, The NATO School, The Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and Nuclear University, among others.

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