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Larry Cunningham
Contributing Analyst

In 2000, Mr. Cunningham developed and implemented security protocols for the UAE Royal Family’s United Kingdom operation. This effort involved classroom and tactical field security guard training for the guards assigned to protect the UAE Royal family, their numerous residences and support staff.

Important elements of this training involved the proactive identification of threats, evaluation of threats posed to the UAE Royal Family members, their properties and associated assets. Proficiency criteria were formulated to include written measures and demonstrated deployment actions. The security guards were evaluated accordingly. Once completed, a structured security guard training program and facility security standards for their residences and support facilities were developed and implemented as policy. From 2000 – 2004, Larry conducted two (2) comprehensive security risk assessments and developed the security protocols for the Bush-Cheney Presidential Campaign staff and headquarters. I managed that security operation and conducted security awareness briefings for the campaign staff and associated organizations.

As the lead security consultant, I was responsible for the development, implementation, ongoing operation and evaluation of the security infrastructure at the Bush-Cheney 2000 and 2004 Campaign Headquarters in McLean and Arlington, VA. This assignment included conducting on-site Security Surveys, CCTV monitor system design, security guard posting and training, the development of security protocols, access system design, liaison with Local and Federal Law Enforcement (including the U.S. Secret Service and the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force) and the development of emergency/security protocol handbooks for the Bush-Cheney staff and security officers. he conducted several security awareness briefings for the senior campaign staff and the Cheney family. From 2005 – 2007, he conducted security briefings and security protective training for the Harpo studios executive staff and protective security staff at the request of Oprah Winfrey in Chicago, IL.

The security training comprised security infrastructure measures (hardware and software) and fiield security tactics training for the bodyguards and associated security staff. A significant portion of the training included assessing threats posed by the public and the audiences attending the taped shows in the Harpo studios. From 2005 to the present, Mr. Cunningham as a DHS certified Adjunct Instructor for NCBRT-ACE, has served as a Lead Subject Matter Expert (SME) and Lead Instructor in the above listed courses that specifically train diverse responders and civilians in the proactive identification, assessment and mitigation of diverse threats affecting the public at large, public and private organizations and individuals on a recurring basis. Following the Virginia Tech massacre on April 16, 2007, on the campus of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, VA, Larry co-developed and authored significant portions of the NCBRT Campus Emergency course seeking to develop more effective threat assessment methodologies among all members of college campus community and improve the integration among the nation’s campus governance, campus police and local police departments.

This DHS certified course incorporates instruction and table-top exercises addressing the Incident Command System (ICS), the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), provisions of the Clery Act, weaknesses with information sharing and the enforcement of laws prohibiting weapons sales to mentally disturbed persons. A significant element of this course development included participation in the Virginia Tech After-Action creation of the Threat Assessment Team concept adopted by many of the nation’s college campuses. He has presented this course more than 75 times to responder and campus community audiences domestically and internationally.

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