Mr. Laird founded
Laird & Associates, Inc., in 1995 and between 1997 and 2002
was the Vice President of BGI International Consulting Services,
Inc., Washington, DC., a company providing counterterrorism and
aviation security advice to a variety of public and private sector
international clients. Prior to 1995 he had a successful career
as the Security Director for Northwest Airlines, Inc., (NWA) where
he was responsible for the overall planning, direction, and management
of security for an airline serving 240 cities in 22 countries on
four continents. His duties included coordinating the implementation
of U. S. Federal Aviation Administration regulations and host country
rules (ICAO Annex 17) at all locations served by the carrier. He
supervised the audit of security procedures and was instrumental
in developing contingency/disaster plans for Northwest Airlines,
the world's fourth largest carrier with more than 46,000 employees.
He coordinated consequence management activities at disaster sites.
While at NWA he conceptualized the original CAPPS program and made
the initial presentations to the FAA for approval. CAPPS, a profile
system, operating with the airlines reservations system was mandated
for use by all U. S. Flag carriers and identified 10 of the 19 hijackers
Mr. Laird enjoyed
a distinguished twenty-year career with the U. S. Secret Service.
During his career he served in a supervisory capacity in the Protective
Intelligence Division, supporting all Secret Service Protective
Divisions, as well as visiting Heads-of-State. Mr. Laird's protective
assignments included the Vice Presidential Detail (two administrations)
and Dr. Kissinger during his shuttle-diplomacy days.
Society of Industrial Security (ASIS) recognized Mr. Laird as a
Certified Protection Professional (CPP) in 1983. He is a
member of a number of professional organizations devoted to security,
including the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS International),
the Association of Independent Aviation Security Professionals and
the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). Mr. Laird
serves as Assistant Regional Vice President for ASIS International,
Region 2. He leads the Airlines/Airport Subcommittee of the ASIS
Transportation Council and has chaired the Air Transport Association
of America (ATA) security committee. He is an alumnus of the U.
S. Department of State's Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC)
Mr. Laird has
served as a technical advisor to the President of the National Safe
Skies Alliance (NSSA) and has advised various working groups of
the U. S. General Accounting Office and the Inspector General for
the U. S. Department of Transportation. He has served as a subject
matter expert on aviation security matters to corporations, including:
Abacus Technology Corporation, Bechtel, Experian; Galaxy Scientific;
Lockheed Martin; Science Applications International Corporation;
Raytheon; and TASC.
Mr. Laird is
called upon to comment on aviation security matters by The New Hour
with Jim Lehrer, NBC's DateLine; ABC's World News, CNN, MSNBC, Fox
News, Good Morning America, The BBC, the Voice of America, National
Public Radio's All Things Considered, Radio Beijing, Security
Director News, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA
Today, Newsweek, Time Magazine, Financial Times and other leading
newspapers and magazines.
Douglas R. Laird
holds a Master's of Science degree from the George Washington University,
Washington, DC and a B.S. degree from Minnesota State University,