Michael Bruecks After 25 years in the private sector, Michael J. Bruecks founded Black Site International, LLC in 2012. Bruecks has extensive experience developing and improving advanced security protection programs in the nuclear sector and is regarded as an industry leader and security subject matter expert.
Bruecks has participated in numerous national security working groups shaping industry standards and policies. He has been recognized by the U.S. government for his leadership during some of the most significant security threats and incidents in the nuclear industry following the events of 9/11 and has conducted numerous security briefings with select members of the White House Staff, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Special Operations Command, U.S. Intelligence agencies, and various Federal Law Enforcement agencies.
Charles S. (Sam) Faddis is a retired Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operations officer, a published author, and national security commentator.
Sam took the first CIA team into Iraq nine months in advance of the 2003 invasion of that country. After serving abroad in the Middle East, South Asia, and Europe, he served as the head of the CIA’s Counter-Terrorism Center (CTC)’s Weapons of Mass Destruction unit charged with pursuing terrorist weapons of mass destruction programs worldwide. He has run large organizations, worked across the U.S. Intelligence Community, and the Department of Defense and been involved in national security matters at the highest levels of our government. He has spent the eight years since his retirement writing and commenting widely on national security and terrorism threats. In addition to writing, speaking, and teaching, he consults for the U.S. military. Sam graduated from The Johns Hopkins University (1980) and the University of Maryland Law School (1983).
Gregory M. Cary joined Black Site International, LLC after a stellar career of more than 36 years of diversified leadership success spanning law enforcement, nuclear security, communications, crisis management, emergency preparedness and government affairs. His professional experience includes work at Black Site International (Executive Consultant), PECO, an Exelon Company (Regional External Affairs Manager) and the Caln Township Police Department (Patrol Shift Supervisor).
Michael Richards is a 23-year combat veteran, specializing in Communications, Weapons, operations & training, all within the special operations community; serving in 3rd, 5th, and 10th Special Forces Groups, as well as Special Mission Units during his military career, deploying to trouble spots around the globe. Upon retirement, he transitioned into supporting the critical infrastructure arena, providing vulnerability and tactical assessments, as well as training at Nuclear Power plants transportation hubs. His experience and, insight regarding protective strategies and their implementation are invaluable.
Sid Crews is a retired U.S. Army Special Forces officer and private-sector security executive with over 25 years of experience in developing and executing organizational resilience (security, emergency management, and business continuity) programs worldwide. He was a founding member of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command team responsible for assessing the overall efficacy of military installation antiterrorism and resilience programs, e.g., critical infrastructure protection, continuity of operations, risk management, and physical protection systems. He then entered the private sector as the Director of Global Security for organizations in the petrochemical and maritime industries, where he managed and led all aspects of resiliency operations and compliance with external regulatory programs, e.g. Chemical Facility Antiterrorism Standards (CFATS), Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), and Hazardous Materials Transportation Security (HM-232). Mr. Crews maintains a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) certificate and has an MBA from Norwich University. He regularly teaches courses on critical infrastructure protection for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX).
C. Danielle Bizier is an Intelligence and Security Specialist who works with executives and entrepreneurs to secure their intellectual property and consequently their bottom line.
Danielle knows that the key to a thriving business is in protecting its most critical assets and that includes the IP resident inside the human beings you trust with your facilities and sensitive data. She supported and trained clients in both the government and corporate sectors and served as the instructional point person on security and insider threat topics for the Asia Pacific and other global regions.
As a former US Intelligence Officer, Danielle believes that even new personal experiences help to sharpen and shape the tools in her toolkit to ensure your most critical information and infrastructure are protected. She holds an M.A. in Security Policy Studies from The George Washington University, is the mother of two sons, and very active in humanitarian and veteran-related causes.
Dr. Charles (Chuck) S. Casto Dr. Casto is a nuclear safety and regulatory professional with over 44 years of experience consisting of positions of increasing responsibility including executive, regulatory, technical, and operational areas of responsibility within the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the commercial nuclear power industry, and U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the U.S. Federal Government’s Senior Executive Service at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and worked for the NRC 28 years, where he last held the position of Regional Administrator, U.S. NRC Region III. Dr. Casto’s NRC included a position as Deputy Regional Administrator for Construction Excellence in the U.S. NRC Region II (Atlanta) office and in the U.S. NRC Region IV (Arlington, TX) office.
Dr. Casto led the integrated United States Government and NRC effort in Japan during the Fukushima nuclear accident for 11 months working directly with Ambassador Roos. He represented the United States Government to the Prime Minister’s Cabinet. Dr. Casto received both Presidential Distinguished Award (2012) from President Obama and the Meritorious Rank Award (2009) from President Bush. He served on a Congressional Fellowship as a Legislative Assistant to a U.S. Senator where he succeeded in developing energy policy issues for the Senator.
Dr. Casto also works with the United Arab Emirates, Federal Agency Nuclear Regulation, to provide and integrated inspection report (Licensee Performance Assessment) for the construction work at Barakah four-unit nuclear power plant. As a Chairman or member, Dr. Casto serves on 16 Nuclear Safety Review Boards in the US and one Nuclear Safety Review Board in Japan and one major nuclear Vendor. He Chairs seven of those Boards, and serves on many as the Subcommittee Chair for Regulatory Oversight. Further, Dr. Casto serves as a member of a Regulatory Assessment Steering Committee for the two biggest nuclear fleets in the US. In this role, he provides strategic advice to the industry regarding the functioning and direction of the regulatory body. In Japan, he provides advice to the nuclear industry on their responses to the concerns of the regulatory body.
Alan Olson had a career spanning 35 years of technical excellence in Government, Corporate, and Military settings. He founded his own company that provides security risk assessments for corporate and government clients using skills acquired during his career at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Alan is a former Senior Technical Operations Officer with over 20 years of program management and overseas operations experience at CIA, where he received the Intelligence Star and numerous other awards for exemplary performance. He is an expert with CIA technical targeting, operations, and capabilities. Alan spent several years honing his technical skills in security, manufacturing, aerospace, and nuclear engineering in the corporate world. Serving as a Combat Medic and Demolitions Engineer, in the U.S. Army Special Forces, developed his character and versatility. He is also a volunteer Firefighter/EMT and Emergency Services Officer in the local community. Alan’s technical and operational experience coupled with his intelligence acumen offers a creative approach in solving complex requirements in a diverse environment.
Dr. Dale Comstock served 10 years in 1st SFOD-D (The Delta Force) as an assaulter, explosives, mechanical, ballistic, and manual breacher, Team Leader, 3rd Special Forces Group (Green Berets) as a light and heavy weapons expert -Team Sergeant, and in the 82nd Airborne Division 325th Infantry. He also worked 9.5 years as a paramilitary operative for USG and concurrently worked as a contract security specialist.
He has given 30 years of service to the United States combating U.S. enemies abroad. He served in every campaign from Grenada to the present conflicts that the United States is involved in as a frontline combatant directly engaging the enemy, either as a Paratrooper, Green Beret, Delta Force Operator, or Paramilitary contractor. He has been decorated twice for Valor in combat and is also the famed breacher that explosively breached the Modelo Prison in Panama during the 1989 U.S. invasion and rescue of Kurt Muse.
In September 2011 Dale was featured on Discovery Channel’s “One Man Army,” and in September 2012 he was featured on NBC’s “Stars Earn Stripes”. Since that time Dale has participated in numerous Hollywood productions and has authored his autobiography.
Joe Martinez began his career with the group now known as the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). He specialized in Counterintelligence and was the NCIS Case Agent on national level espionage cases including the investigations of John Walker, Marine Sergeant Kenneth Kelliher, and John Charlton. Martinez was also key to the National Security Investigation that led to the prosecution of Stewart Nozette for attempted espionage.
After 25 years with NCIS, Martinez created the Functional Counterintelligence Program that integrated all the counterintelligence-related functions. This integrated program increased protection against dynamic foreign intelligence threats and has since served as a model for other defense agencies to emulate.
Martinez moved to the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) where he taught the Advanced Foreign Counterintelligence Operations to federal agents. He coordinated course activities with members of the intelligence community, including the FBI. While at DIA, Martinez was part of the team that won the coveted Department of Defense CounterintelligenceI & Human Intelligence Enterprise Team Award.