Joe Ruffini is a nationally-recognized counter-terror, school safety, private enterprise and government security practitioner and speaker. He is a CNN counter terror contributor and a national seminar and conference presenter. Joe has logged more than 8,000 presentation hours and can effectively captivate and engage even the most diverse audiences. He is a highly motivational presenter whose passion for his subject matter is truly infectious. Mr. Ruffini is accredited by the Anti-Terrorism Accreditation Board (ATAB) as a Certified Master Anti-Terrorism Specialist (CMAS).
Areas of Expertise:
▪ Anti-Terror Awareness, Preparedness & Prevention
▪ Homeland Security & Defense
▪ Military Plans & Operations / Operations Security
▪ Continuity of Operations
▪ Program Protection
▪ School Safety and Crisis Management
Joe Ruffini was born in Washington, D.C. He attended the University of Virginia on an Army ROTC scholarship and was commissioned upon graduation. His diverse military experience includes command of armor and armored cavalry units in both the U.S. and British Armies and counter-terror experience in Germany and Cyprus. In the early 1990s, as a space operations expert, Major Ruffini commanded the United States Space Surveillance Center and the Space Defense Operations Center in Cheyenne Mountain. As a Lieutenant Colonel, Joe served the U.S. Space Command as its Chief of Special Plans and Chief of Special Technical Operations, where he honed his expertise across the full spectrum of security disciplines, from operations and communications security, to computer, information, and physical security.
Joe Ruffini studies current and emerging world threats to the United States Government and private enterprise on a wide scale – from the overseas theft of American intellectual property to pending terror attacks. In
the private sector, Joe is a seasoned business developer, marketer, and program manager. His commercial initiatives span the spectrum from entrepreneurial projects in the Middle East to enterprise security consulting for Fortune 1000 companies. A core presenter for many years supporting the National Counterintelligence Center, CIA, Langley, his common sense, no-nonsense approach to personal, corporate, and national security has educated and entertained thousands.
Joe’s dynamic presentations are embraced by government and private sector audiences alike and include attendees from such noted organizations as the National Security Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Office, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). He has provided services for Fortune 1000 companies such as US Steel, Lockheed Martin, Bechtel, Raytheon Corporation, GE Access, and General Dynamics, as well as numerous law enforcement activities and communities. Joe served our nation as an Executive Consultant supporting United States Space and Strategic Commands, and the White House National Security Council in support of counter insurgency and information operations for operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
His first book, When Terror Comes to MainStreet: A Citizens Guide to Terror Awareness, Preparedness, and Prevention, was published in 2008 by the Special Operations Association. He is the Director for Operational and Program Security Support for VOR Technology, LLC, in Hanover, Maryland.