David S. Katz is the founder and CEO of Global Security Group, Inc. A former senior Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), he is an expert in conducting complex international conspiracy investigations, high-risk arrests, small unit tactics, defensive tactics, undercover operations, physical and technical surveillance, physical security systems, intelligence analysis and tactical planning. He is a federally certified firearms and tactical instructor who spent four years as a Primary Firearms Instructor at the FBI/DEA Academy in Quantico, Virginia. During that posting, he taught firearms and tactics to several thousand federal agents, state and local law enforcement officers, SWAT team members, military personnel and foreign military and law enforcement counterparts. A recognized authority in law enforcement arrest tactics, he has provided training to police units and tactical teams around the world including, among many, the Israeli General Security Service, the New York City Police Department Emergency Services Unit and the Marine detail assigned to HMX-1, the President’s official helicopter.
Former Special Agent Katz was also the DEA liaison to the Israeli Secret Service, developing a cooperative relationship with their field agents and training staff. In August of 2000, he provided advanced tactical firearms training to Israeli General Security Agency (Shin Bet) instructors in Israel and provided firearms and tactical training to the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Agents and U.S. Marines guarding the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem. Mr. Katz was also invited to observe and participate in training given to Shin Bet security officers, El Al Airline security agents, and operators from elite Israeli counter-terror units.
David’s unique skills and background have made him a highly sought after security consultant on topics including business continuity, emergency response and crisis management, physical security, and counterterrorism. Drawing on his background as a tactical planner, he has prepared the risk/threat/vulnerability assessments and created the Emergency Response Protocols for more than 100 commercial properties, including many of the most prestigious buildings in New York City. His investigative expertise has also found great demand in the private sector and he has conducted and supervised many high profile investigations for numerous commercial clients and well-known law firms.
David has lectured throughout the world and has provided security and safety training to senior executives and the executive protection personnel of some of the world’s leading corporations. He is the author of Executive’s Guide to Personal Security (Wiley & Sons, Inc.), the author of Personal Safety While Traveling Abroad on Business (Loss Prevention Magazine September-October 2003) and approximately 50 articles on emergency planning, personal safety, investigative practice, protective equipment, terrorism and other related topics. Katz is a frequent guest on nationally broadcast television and radio programs including Fox News, CNN, CNBC and others. Mr. Katz holds a degree of Law from Hofstra University Law School.