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Andrew Bringuel II  

Former FBI Agent Supervisor, Instructor & Researcher at the FBI Academy’s Behavioral Science Unit

Andrew (Andy) Bringuel, II is the Executive Director of the Behavioral Science Unit, LLC (BSU, LLC) a private investigative, security, training, consulting, and research firm located in central New York. He is a sought-after public speaker on topics ranging from relational policing, human behavioral profiling for improved relationships, conflict resolution, stress management and resiliency, and understanding the mindset of extremism. He is a member of the Greene Central School District Board of Education and sits on the Stillwater Advisory panel which supports Hillside Family Services for abused and battered children.

Mr. Bringuel was an FBI Special Agent (SA) and Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) for over 27 years which included roles as an investigator, supervisor, researcher, instructor, human intelligence officer, undercover Agent, SWAT team member, crisis negotiator, and behavioral analysis consultant before retiring in April 2017 after more than 27 years of service.

Mr. Bringuel has a bachelor’s and master’s degree and is a published author. His experience in the FBI included instructing police officers, military, and police executives at the FBI’s National Academy as well as in-services around the world. Since retirement Mr. Bringuel has provided consulting services ranging from building business continuity planning, facilitating leadership workshops, to providing risk/threat assessments. He has provided keynotes to a variety of groups from the Chicago Quantitative Alliance, a group of financial fund managers to BD Pharmaceutical sales staff on understanding human behavior and sales negotiations. Mr. Bringuel has provided one on one coaching to improve cognitive skills and combat bias to providing keynote lectures to groups of over 500.

Mr. Bringuel is currently contracting as a Special Investigator for the FBI’s Security Division; he provides crime and national security analyst and commentary for i24News, Law & Crime, and OpsLens.com; he is an Adjunct Research Analyst at RAND Corp.; and an Adjunct Instructor for the National Command and Staff College and the Center for Police Leadership and Ethics.

Mr. Bringuel’s investigative accomplishments include working a number of complicated financial crimes and public corruption cases to a successful prosecution, finding a key piece of evidence from an IED that killed Federal Judge William Vance and testifying in both the state and Federal Capital murder trials of Walter Leroy Moody. He was the Case Agent in a five-year organized crime investigation involving associates of the Genovese crime family. Mr. Bringuel received the United States Attorney General’s Award for environmental crimes investigation because of the case. Mr. Bringuel worked as an undercover agent and was a crisis negotiator during the Montana Freemen barricade, and a first responder to the Eric Rudolph health clinic bombing as well as the terrorist attack on the Pentagon 09/11/2001. Mr. Bringuel worked cybercrimes and investigated the first computer-based crime prosecuted in the Northern District of Alabama in 1991.

In 1999 Mr. Bringuel was promoted to the Weapons of Mass Destruction Countermeasures Unit as a supervisor and program manager of the Information and Sharing Unit at the National Domestic Preparedness Office (NDPO) where he created, edited and co-wrote the Beacon newsletter as well as the On-Scene Commanders Guide for Responding to Chemical and Biological Threats.

Mr. Bringuel is an experienced trainer for police and military on topics including physical security, force protection, wetware security in the digital age, relational leadership, psychology of intelligence analysis, stress management & resiliency for law enforcement, human intelligence collection, criminal investigative analysis (criminal profiling), combating violent extremism, relational policing processes related to community oriented/intel-led/evidence-led programs, crisis negotiations, and conflict & crisis management practices.

From 2005 to 2016 Mr. Bringuel was the principle FBI instructor at the National Academy for countering violent extremism, ethical leadership, and relational police practices. He taught 3 graduate level courses as an adjunct instructor for the University of Virginia as well as an undergraduate class for Catholic University. He conducted training around the world for the DoS at the International Law Enforcement Academies (ILEA) on terrorism, policing in multicultural environments, human factors and intelligence collection, intelligence-led policing practices, crisis negotiations, conflict and crisis management, and understanding criminal mindsets and the government’s response. Mr. Bringuel has a long working history with the U.S military participating in red cell exercises, collaborative writing, and training from the Pentagon to Ft. Bragg, Quantico, Camp LeJeune, and Camp Pendleton.

Mr. Bringuel is a former FBI Media Representative, he is a frequent guest on Dr. Carlos Vasquez’s Podcast, he has been interviewed by Newsweek, New York Times, Washington Examiner, and Huffington Post on stories related to national security and crime. Mr. Bringuel has published articles and has written chapters in three books on the topics including terrorism and policing matters.

Mr. Bringuel has been awarded the Thomas Jefferson award for research by the University of Virginia. He was the program manager for the Terrorism Research and Analysis Program (TRAP) and Behavioral Informatics and Technology Studies (BITS) program. The programs developed two intelligence amplification tools including the Threat Assessment Source Evaluation Report (TASER) and the Group Analysis Protocol (GAP), the first is intended to improve the suspicious activities report through the Guardian threat assessment process and the second tool is designed to improve confidential human source (CHS) targeting, development, and recruitment. He is working on a bio-optic sensor that will improve police officer’s and war fighter’s situational awareness and emotional intelligence providing improved ability to detect micro-facial emotional changes and deception. Mr. Bringuel has a bachelor’s degree in Criminology from St. Leo University, and a Master’s degree in Adult Education from the University of Virginia.

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