In June 2015, the American Leadership & Policy Foundation (ALPF) had the distinct honor of welcoming Brian F. Sullivan to our world-class research team. Before joining ALPF, Sullivan worked as a Special Agent for the FAA’s New England Region Security Division, where he was a Risk Program Management Specialist.
Sullivan was instrumental in developing the FAA’s Facility Security Inspection System and served as an instructor at the FAA’s Aeronautical Academy in Oklahoma City. After retiring in 2001, Brian coordinated with another former FAA Special Agent/Red Team Member, Steve Elson to produce an award winning expose’ on poor security at Boston’s Logan Airport in May ’01, five months prior to 9/11.
Despite letters and copies of the video report being delivered to Senator John Kerry and Jane Garvey, the FAA Administrator, who was formerly chief of the Massachusetts Port Authority at Logan, nothing was done to address security failures until it was too late. Since 2001, Sullivan has been an aviation security expert and consultant for print, radio and television. He has been cited in several books dealing with aviation security and terrorism and received a Platinum REMI at the 2011 Houston International Film Festival as narrator of the award winning aviation security documentary Please Remove Your Shoes.
Brian is also a retired U. S. Army Military Police Lieutenant Colonel. He holds a Bachelors degree in Liberal Arts/History from Northeastern University and a Masters Degree in Education from the former Boston State College. Sullivan is a graduate of the US Army’s Command & General Staff College and has hundreds of hours of federal government and military training in security, law enforcement, emergency management, civil defense preparedness, and counter-terrorism. He has also worked in the Army’s Nuclear Surety Program and served as a Civil Defense Director. Brian is a Vietnam veteran and a recipient of the Bronze Star and the Massachusetts Medal of Valor, the Commonwealth’s highest award.
Expertise: FAA security, counter-terrorism, emergency management, civil defense preparedness, nuclear surety, and leadership.