Arthur Gordon is a 33-year federal law enforcement veteran who is currently the President and Chief Operating Officer of (SOS LLC.), a security consulting firm located outside of Washington, DC. Mr. Gordon has a large cadre of retired federal agents on staff with hundreds of years of law enforcement training experience.
Mr. Gordon is a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), possesses a master’s degree in Criminal Justice and Forensic Science from George Washington University, and is a recognized law enforcement expert. While serving as the National President of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) for over 4 years, Mr. Gordon testified before Congress and was frequently consulted by Cabinet-Level officials and Federal Agency heads on law enforcement matters.
During his 30-year tenure with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), Mr. Gordon was both a street agent and a law enforcement manager. He oversaw large scale multi-jurisdictional criminal investigations; served as an Organized Crime Coordinator, a Supervisory Special Agent, and the National Program Manager for ATF firearms training programs; and trained and developed the first tactical teams for the agency.
Mr. Gordon also spent 3 additional years as an Assistant Federal Security Director of Law Enforcement at TSA within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), overseeing major terrorism investigations, security of major airports, rail operations, and ports within the state of Maryland.
Since his retirement from federal service, Mr. Gordon has managed two security consulting firms that provide law enforcement training and security consulting services to government agencies.
Charles Wise is an attorney and international consultant with over 30 years of law experience. He has law licenses for the Supreme Court of Ohio and the D.C. Court of Appeals and has received multiple awards and certificates throughout his career.
Mr. Wise began his career in 1988 after graduating with a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Ohio State University. Over the last 30 years, his attorney work has included eight years as Special Counsel to the Attorney General of Ohio - White Collar Crime portfolio, two years as appointed Legal Extern and public defender in U.S. Federal Court, two years Night Director of Columbus City Attorney's Office, and more.
Among Mr. Wise’s international accomplishments are leading the civilian-military team that restored the rule of law to Anbar province, Iraq, in 2008 and 2009; planning and implementing the 2009 election in Anbar for the United Nations, U.S. government, and government of Iraq; advising Hungarian Parliament on reform of their constitution and holding their first free election; directing local counsel in Iraq, Italy, France, Brazil, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, and China; and writing and teaching nine courses as Professor of Law and Humanities at Hungary's oldest university.
He has performed extensive counter terrorism work, most notably spending several years with the U.S. Department of State as Senior Rule of Law Advisor (Iraq), Iraq Course Coordinator, and Senior Iraq Training Coordinator where he was the senior legal advisor to multiple military teams and divisions; developed innovative diplomatic and legal engagement of former enemies to convert them into allies which led to historic reduction in U.S. government casualties, capture of tens of thousands of terrorism suspects, and defeat of Al Qaeda in Iraq; developed policy recommendations on various Department of State committees; trained 2,500 U.S. government civilians each year; trained 8,000 army personnel; and redesigned the training for U.S. government personnel deploying to high-threat posts.
Chris Randolph has a distinctive background that includes senior positions in combat operations, law enforcement, immigration enforcement, information technology, cyber coordination, legislative engagement, intelligence, and acquisition.
In his 25 years of service in the U.S. Coast Guard, he served as the Information Sharing Executive, the Continuity of Government Program Director, the Coast Guard’s first State, Local, Territorial, Tribal Program Director, the Intelligence Representative to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary, and the first Coast Guard Cyber Liaison to DHS.
He led the Coast Guard’s National Security Cutter (NSC) Program, the largest and most successful acquisition program in the Coast Guard’s 228-year history. While leading this program, he developed and implemented a 30-year, $65 billion staffing, operating, training, intelligence, maintenance, and information technology budget for three classes of Coast Guard ships totaling 91 hulls.
Mr. Randolph worked his way through the Coast Guard ranks starting as a young enlisted deck seaman to ultimately commanding his own ship, circumnavigating the globe, deploying twice with the U.S. Navy to the Middle East, saving 45 lives at sea during his 16 years at sea, and serving as the Deputy On-Scene Commander of New York Harbor on 9/11, leading the evacuation of over 750,000 people.
As the Maritime Interdiction Coordinator for the United Nations in the Middle-East, and while conducting Iraqi Leadership Interdiction Operations in the Mediterranean, he coordinated combat and law enforcement training with coastal and naval units from Singapore, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, UAE, Seychelles, Mauritius, South Africa, Barbados, Panama, Crete, Sicily, Spain, Canada, South Korea, France and the United Kingdom.
Keith Smith is currently a criminology faculty member at the University of Lynchburg and a former U.S. Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) having served numerous domestic and foreign assignments including tactical teams, special operations, instructing, and mentoring foreign security forces. Mr. Smith worked and trained with the U.S. Coast Guard's International Training and Drug Interdiction teams in South America along with working with navies of several Latin American countries.
In addition to the DEA, he served as an Air Marshal immediately after the September 2001 attacks and spent five years as a special agent with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Investigations as a member of the U.S. Foreign Service conducting investigations in numerous countries.
After retiring from the Foreign Service, Mr. Smith spent six years as an International Operational Advisor with the U.S. Army Asymmetric Warfare Group providing services to the U.S. military, foreign coalition military partners, and host nation security forces of various nations including Iraq, Jordan, Qatar, and Afghanistan.
During his career, Mr. Smith has worked in over 40 countries for the U.S. Government as both an employee and a consultant. Before his work with the federal government, he served nine years as a local police officer in both Portsmouth, VA and New York City, NY. His professional service began with the U.S. Marine Corps, initially as a member of the 2nd Marine Division, and later as a member of the White House Staff providing presidential security at Camp David. Mr. Smith holds a Masters in Criminal Justice from Boston University, a BS in Governmental Administration and minor in Political Science from Christopher Newport University, and is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute (Spanish).