InfraGard is a partnership between the FBI and the private sector. It is an association of persons who represent businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, and other participants dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the U.S.

The Huntsville Chapter of InfraGard meets on the first Tuesday of every month. Meeting details are posted on this website at least one week prior to every meeting.


June 2022 IHMA Chapter Meeting

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June 7 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Teams online & Quantum Research in-person

Guest speaker is Brian Pavone, DHS/CISA Protective Security Advisor, MAISS, CPP, CPD, ACI

As the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) & Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Protective Security Advisor for Region 4 (Birmingham / Northern District of Alabama)), he will discuss the role of DHS and CISA in our area as well as DHS services available to the private sector. He will also talk about the upcoming World Games and general threats associated with public gatherings and assumptions based on the current environment.

Bio:  Prior to his position as Protective Security Advisor responsible for the Northern District of Alabama. Brian served as the Deputy Branch Chief of Physical Security for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) responsible for all field site physical security operations, guard force and electronic security system contract management, security engineering, protective intelligence and threat management, as well as agency security compliance. Before his work with the CDC, Brian worked for the Department of Defense (DoD) as the Mission Assurance and Critical Infrastructure Protection Section Chief at U.S. Southern Command; Director of Public Safety at Navy Region Center Singapore; and Critical Infrastructure Protection Analyst at U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. In addition, he briefly served a two-year stint as an Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton providing security consulting expertise to the DoD.

Preceding his work in the federal civil service and as a contractor, Brian served 24 years in the U.S. Navy where he retired as a Security Limited Duty Officer (LT/O3E). Brian earned his Master of Arts degree in International Security

Studies from the University of Arizona, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian Studies from the University of Maryland University College. 

Brian holds the following professional certifications:

  • ASIS Certified Protection Professional (CPP)
  • NICP CPTED Professional Designation (CPD)
  • ALICE Certified Instructor (ACI)
  • Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI) FAC-COR Level II

IHMA March 2022 Chapter Meeting

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March 1 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Our guest speaker for March is Mr. Leonard Jacobs, MS, MBA, CISSP, CSSA

The topic is: When Maritime Cybersecurity Meets Critical Infrastructure…. Remodeling Your Cybersecurity Infrastructure

IHMA January 2022 Chapter Meeting

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January 4 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Our guest speaker for January is LCDR (Ret) R. George Rey Sr.  LCDR Rey will speak on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

Bio: Lieutenant Commander Rey retired from the U.S. Navy after completing 33 years of active duty in the United States Navy’s Submarine Service. During that period he served on 5 submarines, 3 major staffs, and two tours in the Pentagon.

He started COTS Technology, a consulting company, supporting industry, academic, and government entities in operational and research endeavors with a focus on Robotic systems. Commander Rey was a key member that development and implemented Tulane University’s Long-term Estuary Assessment Group (LEAG) developing biosensors for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles.

Commander Rey’s most recent activities he established the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) program at Nicholls State University’s Geomatics’ program. This program was the first in Louisiana to receive an FAA approved Certificate Of waiver Authorization (COA) to fly in the National Air Space (NAS) in 2005.

Commander Rey established the Louisiana Pelican Chapter of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and Leads this statewide organization as the founding president.

Commander Rey Continues to work with companies to develop their UAS programs that meet the FAA’s Part 107 requirements. He is The Vice Chair of Louisiana’s Drone Advisory Committee (DAC).

He established a UAS SIG (Special Interest Group), aviation Sector Chief, and Serves as the President of InfraGard Louisiana Member’s Alliance.

National Counterintelligence Task Force Link & Learn – December 16, 2021

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December 16, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Topic: What Security Offices Need to Know About Garrity Rights

Speaker: Beau Barnes, United States Department of Justice

Beau Barnes is a Trial Attorney in the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section, National Security Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In this position, he investigates and prosecutes espionage, export control, sanctions, malign foreign influence, and cyber intrusion matters, among others. Prior to his current position, Beau was in private practice at two separate international law firms in Washington, DC, where he represented individuals and companies facing government investigations, prosecutions, and regulatory enforcement actions related to national security, fraud and corruption, and privacy and cybersecurity issues. Beau previously served as a law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Beau is a graduate of Boston University Law School, the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University, and Lewis & Clark College.

Garrity Rights protect public employees from being compelled to incriminate themselves during investigatory interviews conducted by their employers. This protection stems from the 5th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which declares that the government cannot compel a person to be a witness against him/herself.

For a public employee, the employer is the government itself. When questioned by their employer, they are being questioned by the government. Therefore, the Fifth Amendment applies to that interrogation if it is related to potentially criminal conduct.

Garrity Rights stem not just from the Fifth Amendment, but also the 14th Amendment. While the Fifth Amendment could be said to apply only to the federal government, the “equal protection” clause of the Fourteenth Amendment makes the Fifth Amendment applicable to state, county, and municipal governments as well (determined by the United States Supreme Court in 1964’s Malloy v. Hogan)

Garrity Rights originate from a 1967 United States Supreme Court decision, Garrity v. New Jersey.

All Registrants Will Be Sent A TEAMS Link to the event on Monday December 13th and Wednesday 15th.

National Counterintelligence Task Force Link & Learn – November 18, 2021

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November 18, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Topic: Export Control  Overview from The Bureau of Industry and Security                                

Speaker:  Jonathan Barnes

 Jonathan Barnes is a Special Agent (SA) with the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security Office of Export Enforcement. The Bureau of Industry and Security’s mission is to advance U.S. national security, foreign policy, and economic objectives by ensuring and effective export control and treaty compliance system and promoting continued U.S. strategic and technology leadership.

SA Barnes joined the Bureau of Industry and Security in 2002, and is the Forward Assigned Agent in Huntsville, AL.

SA Barnes will present an Export Control Overview detailing the Bureau of Industry and Security’s regulations and policies.

 Login credentials will be sent via separate email on Wednesday Nov 17th.

 Register Here:    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/link-and-learn-export-controls-tickets-201324726677

IHMA November Chapter Meeting

November 9, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

The meeting on November 9th will be a virtual IHMA meeting that will cover IHMA specific items and events presented by our chapter president Ed Dowling and other board members.  The meeting will start at 11:30am.

Since the meeting is restricted to IHMA members and will be virtual, we will skip the Eventbrite registration and ask that you reply to an email that will be sent to the chapter members from secretary@huntsville-infragard.org.  Once we receive your email, we will share the Teams meeting link in an acknowledgement email.  If you didn’t get an email, please email secretary@huntsville-infragard.org and we will send the link to you.

National Counterintelligence Task Force Link & Learn – September 2021

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September 16, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Presenter:
Beau Barnes
Trial Attorney
Counterintelligence & Export Control Section
National Security Division
U.S. Department of Justice

Topic:
What Security Officers Need to Know About Garrity Rights

Bio:
Beau Barnes is a Trial Attorney in the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section, National Security Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In this position, he investigates and prosecutes espionage, export control, sanctions, malign foreign influence, and cyber intrusion matters, among others. Prior to his current position, Beau was in private practice at two separate international law firms in Washington, DC, where he represented individuals and companies facing government investigations, prosecutions, and regulatory enforcement actions related to national security, fraud and corruption, and privacy and cybersecurity issues. Beau previously served as a law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Beau is a graduate of Boston University Law School, the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University, and Lewis & Clark College.

National Counterintelligence Task Force Link & Learn – August 2021

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August 19, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Presenter:
Special Agent Tonya Matney
Homeland Security Investigations

Topic:
Case Study: Nader Modanlo, doing business as, Final Analysis, Inc.

SA Matney will present a case study which targeted a former NASA subcontractor, who was a Naturalized United States Citizen from Iran. MODANLO was convicted in 2013 for charges arising from a conspiracy to illegally broker satellite and rocket technology to Iran over many years while profiting $10 million as part of secret effort to help Tehran launch its first ever satellite.

Bio:
Tonya Matney is a Special Agent (SA) with Homeland Security Investigations, the investigative arm of DHS which was formed after the events of 911 and combined the legacy authorities of both the former Immigration and Naturalization Service and US Customs Service. SA Matney is assigned to the Counter Proliferation Investigations (CPI) group in Baltimore, Maryland where she has disrupted and dismantled individuals, groups, and procurement networks both domestic and foreign, who attempt to obtain U.S. technology and provide it to proscribed destinations and international terrorist organizations throughout the world in violation of U.S. export laws.

FBI ACCEPTING INFRAGARD APPLICATIONS 30 JULY 2021!

FBI OPS announced last week that they will start accepting InfraGard membership applications on 30 July 2021.  The application and process has been streamlined for efficiency and applicability.  You may apply for membership by clicking “JOIN INFRAGARD” or on the link in the menu bar above.

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https://www.infragard.org/Application/General/NewApplication