LTG (Ret) William G. “Jerry” Boykin
SOS Chief Executive Officer:
Colonel Richard F. (“Dick”) Brauer Jr. USAF, (Ret)
Colonel Richard F. (“Dick”) Brauer Jr. USAF, (Ret) is native of Needham, Massachusetts, graduating from Boston University in 1964 as an AFROTC Distinguished Military Graduate. Completing Undergraduate Navigator Training in 1966, he embarked upon a flying career in Tactical Airlift and Special Operations, amassing 5200 hours of worldwide flying, attaining the aeronautical rating of Master Navigator. His tours of flying duty and deployments include Southeast Asia/Vietnam (1967-68), Europe, Central and South America (1968- 1971) and Australia (1971-1973), where he represented the USAF and the United States as an Exchange Officer, flying as an instructor in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).
Colonel Brauer has been assigned to a variety of Air Force and Joint Special Operations units during his career from unit to HQ and Joint Staff levels. Significantly, he was handpicked to be a “plank holder” as an Air Force member in the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) (1980-1983). He graduated with top honors from the United States Army War College in 1984 and then served in the Joint Special Operations Agency (JSOA) (1983-1986), the organization that preceded and led to the founding of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and subsequently the US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC).
Following his Pentagon tour he was selected to be the 12th Commandant of the United States Air Force Special Operations School (Hurlburt Field, FL) and served the joint SOF, conventional and interagency communities in that education leadership position from 1986 until his retirement in 1991 having completed 26 years of active duty military service. In 2010 Colonel Brauer was inducted into the Air Commando Hall of Fame.
Larry C. Johnson Senior researcher and subject matter expert (SME)
Larry C. Johnson is CEO and co-founder of BERG Associates, LLC, an
international business-consulting firm with expertise combating
terrorism and investigating money laundering. Mr. Johnson works with
US military commands in scripting terrorism exercises, briefs on
terrorist trends, and conducts undercover investigations on
counterfeiting, smuggling and money laundering.
Mr. Johnson, who worked previously with the Central Intelligence
Agency and U.S. State Department’s Office of Counter Terrorism, is a
recognized expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security,
crisis and risk management.
Mr. Johnson has analyzed terrorist incidents for a variety of media
including the Jim Lehrer News Hour, National Public Radio, ABC’s
Nightline, NBC’s Today Show, the New York Times, CNN, Fox News, and
the BBC. Mr. Johnson has authored several articles for publications,
including Security Management Magazine, the New York Times, and The
Los Angeles Times. He has lectured on terrorism and aviation security
around the world, including the Center for Research and Strategic
Studies at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, France. He represented
the U.S. Government at the July 1996 OSCE Terrorism Conference in
From 1989 until October 1993, Larry Johnson served as a Deputy
Director in the U.S. State Department’s Office of Counter Terrorism.
He managed crisis response operations for terrorist incidents
throughout the world and he helped organize and direct the US
Government’s debriefing of US citizens held in Kuwait and Iraq, which
provided vital intelligence on Iraqi operations following the 1990
invasion of Kuwait. Mr. Johnson also participated in the investigation
of the terrorist bombing of Pan Am 103. Under Mr. Johnson’s leadership
the U.S. airlines and pilots agreed to match the US Government’s two
From 1985 through September 1989 Mr. Johnson worked for the Central
Intelligence Agency. During his distinguished career, he received
training in paramilitary operations, worked in the Directorate of
Operations, served in the CIA’s Operation’s Center, and established
himself as a prolific analyst in the Directorate of Intelligence. In
his final year with the CIA he received two Exceptional Performance
Mr. Johnson is a member of the American Society for Industrial
Security. He taught at The American University’s School of
International Service (1979-1983) while working on a Ph.D. in
political science. He has a M.S. degree in Community Development from
the University of Missouri (1978), where he also received his B.S.
degree in Sociology, graduating Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1976.
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