Frank has over twenty-five years of international experience providing personal protection, intelligence gathering, counterterrorism operations, surveillance detection, threat analysis, and security training in both the private security sector and the US military.
Mr. Gallagher is a US Marine, having served from 1978 to 1982. During this period he was a member of 2d Reconnaissance Battalion. His experience as a special warfare operator included duties such as intelligence gathering, dive operations, surveillance detection, close quarters battle (CQB), small unit tactics, and training.
After leaving the Corps, he served as the director of security for former US Secretary of State Dr. Henry A. Kissinger. In that role Mr. Gallagher was responsible for the public and private, domestic and international safety and security of Dr. and Mrs. Kissinger. He coordinated the Kissingers’ travel plans in liaison with local, federal, and international law-enforcement officials. He was also responsible for the security of multiple offices and residences, as well as the recruiting and training of members of the PSD.
Following that assignment Frank Gallagher worked for International Business Resources (IBR) where he was responsible for the creation, training, and outfitting of both the CBR (Chemical, Biological, and Radiological) and Hostile Environment Training programs for clients with personnel traveling to high-threat areas. He also conducted international security surveys for multinational clients to ensure adherence to acceptable risk-management standards.
Mr. Gallagher’s most memorable assignment was as the agent-in-charge (AIC) of Ambassador L. Paul Bremer’s security detail in Iraq, where he was responsible for the day-to-day safety and security of the presidential envoy who had been tasked with overseeing the rebuilding of the country. Mr. Gallagher designed and supervised the motorcade operations, CAT operations, foot formations, surveillance detection, and helicopter support procedures that helped make the mission a success. After the Bremer detail, Frank served Blackwater Security as the lead instructor for its protective service details (PSD) portion of the State Department’s Worldwide Personal Protective Services (WPPS) High-Threat Protection training program.
Frank Gallagher returned to Iraq in September 2004 and worked for the Counterterrorism Special Operations Forces under DOD as the deputy program manager for the Bureau of Diplomatic Protection responsible for training the Iraqi PSD teams now protecting Iraq’s leadership.
In 2006 he worked for the US Department of State’s Anti-Terrorism Assistance (ATA) Program where he trained foreign protection agents in VIP protection and taught VIPP-TST (tactical support team) courses. He also helped to rewrite the Protecting National Leaders (PNL) course and is recognized by the US Department of State as an expert on this subject matter.