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Joe Ruffini      

Anti-Terrorism, Information Security & Risk Minimization Expert

Joe Ruffini is an established anti-terrorism, homeland defense, and school safety subject matter expert, practitioner, and speaker. Joe has logged more than 8,000 presentation hours internationally, training diverse audiences to include Fortune 500 companies, the Department of Defense, intelligence agencies, first responders, schools, and civic organizations. His most requested presentation topics include anti-terrorism awareness, preparedness and prevention; strategic communications and information operations; homeland security & defense; school safety & active shooter prevention; and DoD Program Protection & Operations Security. Mr. Ruffini was accredited by the Anti-Terrorism Accreditation Board (ATAB) as a Certified Master Anti-Terrorism Specialist.

Joe Ruffini was born in Washington, D.C. He attended the University of Virginia on an Army ROTC scholarship. 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 defense security disciplines. Joe Ruffini monitors international affairs, current and emerging threats to the United States Government and private enterprise on a wide scale –from the overseas theft of American intellectual property and the terror threats to the Middle East and global, nation state power struggles. 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.

Joe served our nation as an Executive Consultant supporting several Department of Defense Unified Commands and the White House National Security Council in support of counter insurgency and information operations for operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Most recently, he spearheaded a five and one-half year effort at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) resurrecting and promulgating Program Protection planning and operations security for that 14,000 member agency.

Joe teamed with the University of Rhode Island Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies, as an adjunct instructor, where he created and taught online courses in Transnational Terror, Homeland Security and Defense. His first book, When Terror Comes to Main Street: A Citizens Guide to Terror Awareness, Preparedness, and Prevention,” was published in 2008 by the Special Operations Association. Joe’s second book, Osama bin Laden: His Death and the Future of Al Qaeda and the Islamist Jihad was published by eBook company Hyperink, Inc., and became available for download on Amazon.com quickly after bin Laden’s demise in May of 2011. He is completing his third citizen awareness book, Vigilance Not Paranoia: What We Need to Know and Do About Terrorists and Active Shooters.

Joe lives in Severn, Maryland.

Speech Topics


"If You See Something, Say Something:" Why Government, Corporations and Citizens Must Team to Preempt Terror Threat"

Current and emerging threats posed by foreign and "homegrown" terrorists present an ever-evolving challenge. The awareness, vigilance, and willingness of everyday Americans to say something if they see something will continue to be invaluable to federal, state, and local efforts to expose and thwart terror operations. This fast-paced, dynamic, and entertaining seminar stresses situational awareness, a solid working relationship between authorities and the citizens they serve, and vigilance---not paranoia. Ruffini gets the brains churning and the adrenalin pumping.

Anti-Terror Awareness, Preparedness, and Prevention School Safety: Active Shooter & Bullying Awareness and Preventive Measures Four Generations, One Workplace: Understanding Each Other's Strengths & Weaknesses While Sharpening Our Communicative Skills

Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery in an Era of Ransomware Attacks

Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BC & DR) go hand-in-hand in establishing and maintaining resiliency needed to carry on in the face of adversity. The new millennium is characterized by increasing numbers of man-made and natural events that can, best case, bring an unprepared business Enterprise to its knees and, worst case, result in its demise. Tornados out of season, significant increases in massive forest fires fanned by global warming, international and domestic terrorist attacks, active shooter events, ransomware cyber attacks – it is a dangerous world. Businesses must plan for the worst and hope for the best. It is all about vigilance, NOT paranoia.

Domestic Terrorism: The Players and Their Tactics, Techniques and Procedures

Active Shooters in Our Schools: How Staff, Faculty, and Students Can Work Together to Identify Potential Shooters and Get Them Medical Assistance

Understanding Your Co-Workers: How Boomers, Gen Xers, Millennials, and Get Xers Think, Work, and Communicate

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