Aaron Williams

See other reviews this user has made. Or check out our most active reviewers.

Company
Occupation
Diplomatic Security Specialist

Career Highlights

  • Conducted over 300 close protection missions in Afghanistan to protect Secretary of State Kerry and Ambassadors Hugo Llorens and David Robinson in a dynamic, high-threat environment

  • Awarded the U.S. Army’s Commander’s Award for Civilian Service Medal for leading a 6-man team that embedded with Iraqi security forces to collect human intelligence that influenced U.S. advise and assist policy for Iraq

  • Shaped U.S. Marine Corps’ strategic planning by performing country-specific political security analysis and vulnerability assessments of maritime energy infrastructure in the Middle East and Africa

  • Aided law enforcement agencies in understanding terrorist ideologies, tactics, and technologies by performing open-source research and translating documents from Arabic to English for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

  • Completed graduate studies at Harvard University and the University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies

  • Planned security operations for the Regime Crime Liaison Office’s investigation of war crimes in Iraqi Kurdistan

  • Spearheaded the Iraqi Currency Exchange Program by managing a nine-man security & logistics team that transported over one billion dollars to 56 banks in insurgent-contested territory

  • Honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps as a Sergeant and Scout-Sniper Team Leader

Experience

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT SOLUTIONS

Diplomatic Security Specialist & Intelligence Liaison Officer

Kabul, Afghanistan

  • Planned, coordinated, and conducted diplomatic security missions for Ambassadors Hugo Llorens, David Robinson, and other high-ranking diplomats

  • Improved planning capabilities for the ambassadors’ security details by serving as their intelligence liaison officer at the U.S. Embassy

  • Successfully mitigated the clients’ operational risk by performing vulnerability and risk assessments at numerous venues throughout Kabul

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY

Project Manager & Senior Social Scientist

Mosul, Iraq

  • Led a 6-man team that embedded with Iraqi military and police units to collect information on their organizational leadership, political allegiances, and internal security issues

  • Enhanced the client’s cultural awareness by briefing senior leaders on the internal politics of Iraqi military units and serving as a cultural liaison officer between the client and its Iraqi counterparts

  • Designed rigorous research collection plans that utilized interview, focus group, survey, and visual ethnography methods to collect data in a non-permissive environment

  • Oversaw all research project management practices including project planning, the development of project timelines, collaboration with various stakeholders, and project status reporting

BAE SYSTEMS

Senior Consultant

Arlington, VA

  • Enhanced the U.S. Marine Corps’ strategic plans by conducting political, military, and energy security analysis, focusing on the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia

  • Trained officers at the Marine Corps Tactics and Operations Group by researching foreign military doctrines and emulating those tactics and strategies during large-scale military exercises

  • Collected and translated documents on terrorist ideologies and tactics from Arabic to English for publication on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s TripWire portal

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT SOLUTIONS

Protective Security Specialist

Baghdad & Suleimaniyah, Iraq

  • Designated assistant team leader of a 12-man unit that provided close protection for the Regime Crime Liaison Office during the investigation of war crimes committed in Iraqi Kurdistan

  • Provided close protection for Ambassador Ronald Neumann in Baghdad

  • Researched attack trends and integrated intelligence analysis into operational plans

GLOBAL GROUP

Security Team Leader

  • Managed a 9-man security team that led logistics convoys through insurgent-contested territory to deliver one billion dollars to 56 banks across central and northern Iraq

  • Planned, coordinated, and supervised over 100 security operations in an extremely high-threat environment and developed SOPs for a multitude of static and mobile security contingencies

U.S. MARINE CORPS

Scout-Sniper Team Leader (Sergeant) – Honorable Discharge

Camp Pendleton, CA

  • Led scout-sniper teams during security and surveillance operations at ports and critical infrastructure points throughout the Middle East and Southeast Asia

  • Trained security forces in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in advanced infantry and surveillance skills

  • Promoted two years ahead of peer group and received numerous awards

Education

HARVARD UNIVERSITY, Cambridge MA, U.S.A.

Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies, June 2009

  • Selected coursework: National security management, terrorism and counterterrorism policy, interagency cooperation, international relations, adversary foreign policy, Middle Eastern history & politics, the law of armed conflict, advanced Arabic, Islamic banking and finance, and political Islam

DAMASCUS UNIVERSITY, ARABIC LANGUAGE CENTER, Damascus, Syria

Certificates of Course Completion, October 2006-June 2007

  • Completed nine months of immersive Arabic study and practiced the Syrian dialect daily

MAHIDOL UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE, Bangkok, Thailand

Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences, focus on Asian Politics & History, August 2006

  • Thesis: U.S. Foreign Policy for Kurdistan

Languages

English (fluent)

Modern Standard Arabic (advanced)

Syrian Arabic (advanced)

Thai (advanced)

Spanish (intermediate)

Certifications

Level-3 Professional Investigator – EDI UK No. 25516788 (2013)

Level-2 and -3 High-Threat Close Protection – Academi (2012)

Designated Defense Marksman (DDM) – Academi (2012)

Foreign Security Forces Combat Advisor (Honor Graduate) – U.S. Army (2012)

Combat Lifesaver – U.S. Army (2012)

Red Team Leader (Honor Graduate) – University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies (2009)

Advanced Open Water Diver – PADI No. 0602A58013 (2006)

Level-1 High-Threat Close Protection –Academi (2004)

Scout-Sniper – U.S. Marine Corps (1999)

Courses

Covert Surveillance – Ronin Concepts Security Elite (2013)

Principles of Risk Management – DRI International (2013)

Emergency Preparedness and Response – DRI International (2013)

Covert Surveillance – S2 Institute (2013)

Human Intelligence Targeting – S2 Institute (2013)

Human Terrain Operator – U.S. Army (2010)

Urban Reconnaissance & Surveillance – U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations Training Group (2000)

Skills

Managerial: Security operations, business development, business continuity planning, cross-cultural liaison

Analytical: TSCM (technical surveillance countermeasures), human terrain and intelligence analysis, investigation, open-source research, Arabic translation, Palantir, Tigr, Analyst’s Notebook, TripWire, Google Earth

Tactical: Close protection, covert surveillance, precision rifle, SINCGARS radios, boxing, tae kwon do, krav maga

Aaron's Reviews (2)

5 Covert Surveillance Course by Ronin Concepts Elite Ltd

Ronin Concepts Covert Surveillance Course Review - I am not being paid or receiving any benefit for writing this review. This review is my honest opinon of the course's strengths and weaknesses. Weaknesses: 1. Simply not enough time to master the material. A course of this nature could (and probably s ... (read more)

4 Designated Defense Marksman by Academi

Designated Defense Marksman - I took this course as a requirement for a contract I work on. I am not being paid or receiving any benefit for writing this review. Weaknesses: 1. This isn't exactly a weakness, but I'm not sure if this EXACT course is open to the general public, bu ... (read more)