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Michael Howard: Chief Operating Officer.


Mike possesses over 36 years of senior-level leadership, investigative, operational, training, crisis and special event management experience in law enforcement at local, state, and federal levels. Between 1999 and 2012, Mike held the rank of supervisory special agent and Unit Chief while assigned to the FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group, SWAT Operation Unit. In this role, Mike was responsible for providing state-of-the-art training and operational support to the FBI’s 56 field office SWAT teams, which comprised 1,200 agent personnel, as well as training for local, state, and federal law enforcement partners. Additionally, Mike was responsible for the overall management of lesson plan development/presentation, national program management, multi-million-dollar budget formulation/execution, compliance, strategic planning, and research.

With the FBI, Mike developed contingency plans to support and coordinate large-scale, complex operations and national special security events such as the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, Presidential Inaugurations, Winter/Summer Olympics, national disasters, NATO/G20 Summits, and overseas assignments.

As the Senior Tactical representative to the Joint Counterterrorism Workshop Series, Mike worked with members of the National Counter Terrorism Center and U.S. Department of Homeland Security on a nationwide initiative to combat large-scale attacks on U.S. soil through partnerships with law enforcement, emergency medical response, fire/rescue, communications entities, medical facilities, and other private sector organizations.

During his early career, Mike served as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the FBI assigned to the Violent Crimes Major Offenders Program. While assigned to the Newark Division of the FBI, Mike served as the Division’s Special Weapons and Tactics Senior Team Leader.

As 1st Watch Global’s Senior Vice President and Director of Operations, Mike is responsible for business development, project management, team selection, risk analysis/assessment, and investigations. Mike utilizes his extensive law enforcement, investigative, and intelligence experience to assemble the finest team of 1st Watch Global Subject Matter Experts for each client and their organization’s requirements.

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