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Command Consulting Group announced today the expansion of its Security Advisory and Management Services team with the addition of Margaret H. Coggins, Ph.D.
Dr. Coggins joins Command as Senior Advisor following a distinguished 32-year career in Federal law enforcement where she served in senior executive positions for the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) and the United States Secret Service. Dr. Coggins will develop and lead Command’s practice related to the prevention of targeted violence in conjunction with the Firm’s well established threat assessment, protective intelligence, and behavioral analysis services. Her unique expertise and academic credentials provide an invaluable complement to Command’s security and protective operations portfolio.
“We are excited and honored to welcome Margaret Coggins into the Command family,” said Commissioner W. Ralph Basham, former Director of the U.S. Secret Service. “Her expertise in behavioral analysis will be a great addition to our current services and we look forward to launching our new practice.”
Dr. Coggins began her career in Federal law enforcement in 1984 as a psychologist and researcher for the United States Secret Service, where she served as the Chief of the Behavioral Research Program. She was later promoted to various senior management positions within the Office of Protective Research with overall responsibility for directing risk assessment research, providing consultation, and designing training in support of the Secret Service protective mission. Dr. Coggins’s research studying threatening and high-risk behaviors directed toward the President of the United States, other senior level protectees, and her related public policy work, have been published in scientific journals and presented in a variety of academic peer review forums.
Following her tenure with the Secret Service, Dr. Coggins served for 10 years as a Deputy Assistant Director with the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS). There, she managed and directed numerous programs and divisions, including workforce management, executive resources, occupational health, and quality of work life initiatives. Dr. Coggins also directed the Office of Workforce Programs, where she had responsibility for the Ombudsman and Diversity Programs and FAMS operational research initiatives.
Among her accomplishments, Dr. Coggins’s contributions to promoting diversity and inclusion in Federal law enforcement are notable. In 2010, Dr. Coggins was awarded the “Outstanding Advocate for Women in Federal Law Enforcement” award by the Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE) organization. In 2011, Dr. Coggins received the President’s Award for Leadership and Diversity Excellence, from the Arizona Chapter, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and the President’s Commendation for Continued Support and Commitment to Diversity from the National Asian Peace Officers Association.
As a business entrepreneur, Dr. Coggins continues her commitment to principles of diversity and inclusion as fundamental to the mission of law enforcement, and to the success of business enterprise. She is a leader dedicated to mentoring young professionals, and she continues her advocacy as a Senior Advisor to the Women in Federal Law Enforcement Foundation. Dr. Coggins’s leadership in this area brings a new dimension to Command, providing a platform going forward to develop minority business enterprise capabilities.
Dr. Coggins earned Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Arts degrees in psychology from the Catholic University of America. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Dickinson College. She is a native of the Washington, D.C. area.
Command Senior Advisor, Mickey Nelson, takes "A Proactive Approach" to sports venue security in a newly published The Cipher Brief article:
Major public venues—from stadiums and arenas to concert halls and convention centers—serve as opportune targets for terrorists and other malevolent individuals seeking to carry out acts of violence against innocent civilians. Over the past decade, attacks against these “soft targets” have been especially common, as they pair high visibility with relatively low site security sophistication.
Most recently, during the November 2015 attacks in Paris, three terrorists clad in explosive vests attempted to attack, among other targets, the Stade de France, the country’s national sports stadium, during a soccer match between the French and German national teams attended by both the French President and the German Foreign Minister. While the attackers were ultimately prevented from entering the stadium—their explosive vests were detonated outside the gates killing themselves and one individual—their actions underscored the dangers that major public venues face and the necessity of implementing effective security measures.
Given the proliferation of threats in today’s world, securing high profile venues and protecting attendees presents a complex, yet vital challenge. Today’s venue security requires proactive planning and tactics, multi-stakeholder coordination, robust training and exercises for safety and security personnel, and a constantly evolving mentality to counter new and future threats.
To read the full article please go to: The Cipher Brief