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ATAB currently has more than 15 active committees, covering a variety of specialty areas. ATAB members interested in volunteering for participation on one or more ATAB Committee may submit a written request directly to ATAB at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Members wishing to become a Chairperson of an ATAB Committee must be credentialed as a Certified Master Anti-terrorism Specialist (CMAS), be a member in good standing, and (3) submit a written letter of intent to become a committee Chairperson, a copy of your current resume, curriculum vitae, or synopsis of qualifications, and the committee membership application to ATAB at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Chairpersons serve for an initial period of two (2) years, but may continue to serve for subsequent two (2) year periods subject to the approval of the ATAB Board of Directors. Committee members serve at-will, subject to the approval of the Committee Chairperson.

A list of the current ATAB committees, the name of the current Chairperson, and a short description of each committee is provided below:


Chaired by: Richard Hughbank, MA, MS, CMAS

This committee researches and maintains up-to-date threat information for the United States and world-wide security with primary emphasis placed on understanding the nature and depth of catastrophic and disruptive terror-based threats from non-state and state-supported entities. The committee is responsible for developing and maintaining a series of incident prevention and response training standards for first responders as educational tools in both the anti-terrorism and counter-terrorism arenas. In addition, as domestic and international terrorists change their asymmetric and decentralized operational tactics, the committee continuously strives to develop and improve tactics, techniques, and procedures in this environment.


Chaired by: G.F. Bryant, CMAS

This committee is responsible for reviewing materials, news, and alerts distributed by the Department of Homeland Security, assessing their applicability to the ATAB membership, packaging approved materials, news, and alerts, and distributing approved materials, news, and alerts to the ATAB membership. Timely distribution of materials, news, and alerts ensures important information is disseminated to our members in order to provide continued safe operation of their organization and clients. We will also assist members by providing suggestions in locating specific instructional materials addressing Homeland Security topics and situations.


Chaired by: John Woods, CMAS

This committee is responsible for the development of new and improved educational and training materials to meet the ever changing requirements of first responders and anti-terrorism professionals worldwide. The goal of this committee is to promote and provide education and training tools to as many first responders and other anti-terrorism professionals as possible, identify and fulfill training needs, and otherwise provide educational and training assistance necessary to adequately prepare emergency first responders to address mission requirements. We continue to develop new materials to meet the ever changing requirements of today's responders.


Chaired by: Keith Flannigan, CMAS

This committee is responsible receiving, reviewing, and evaluating applicants, candidates, and members seeking re-certification for the examination waiver to the CAS and CMAS certification program. The committee shall strive to maintain the high standard of candidates while providing fair and unbiased criteria for their qualification to meet the ATAB certification requirements.


Chaired by: Mike Maddox, CMAS, CMCP

The function of this committee is the research, analysis
, and production of sensitive information for ATAB initiatives in support Government, military, and industry. In addition, this committee recommends safeguard methods for protecting sensitive information and strives to provide valuable insight on important issues by gathering raw intelligence, analyzing data, and producing timely and relevant products for Government, military, and industry customers at all levels. The committee also provides timely and accurate information of current known global terrorism risk and political instability and provides ATAB members and clients with the latest information to assist them in mitigating the threat, as well as protect personnel and assets.


Chaired by: Ron Lander, CMAS

This committee promotes the protection of assets and employees through training, education, security audits, planning and the use of sound security management practices.


Chaired by: Larry Cosper, CMAS

The focus of this committee is to establish and maintain the framework for standardization of ATAB programs, policies, procedures, guidelines, and presentations. The committee determines specifications, standards, and recommended practices, and assists other ATAB committees and members develop, review, edit, and finalize their written documentation.


Chaired by: James Dexter, TSRT, CMAS

The primary function of this committee is to bring into utilization, highly trained and certified K9 teams in the fight against terrorism. The committee works to develop and improve training methods, tactics, techniques and procedures in use with K9 teams throughout the world. This committee also provides K9 team logistics and support. Regardless of environment, whether mountain, desert, tundra, jungle, disaster, or hostile, K9 teams are often the first into the area. This committee continues to develop, update, and improve methods to keep the best of the best on the ground, working, and safe, wherever demand dictates.


Chaired by: Dr. James Blair, CMAS

The purpose of this committee is to promote a culture of sector all-hazards readiness among the non-federal healthcare community by identifying terrorist threats to the sector and dual-benefit derived from preparing for and responding to an increasingly hostile environment created by the increasing evidence of terrorist attacks on healthcare facilities to promote the terror multiplier effect (TME), more frequent and robust natural disasters, and the evolving threat of pandemic infectious diseases.


Chaired by: SSG Donald W. Jordan, United States Army, CMAS, CHS III, CPO

This committee provides training resources and assistance to ATAB members serving in the armed forces worldwide. The focus of this committee is to establish and maintain effective communications, maintain a resource database, receive and process requests for general and specific information, and provide up-to-date and timely responses to ATAB members serving in the armed forces regarding anti-terrorism and related training needs. In addition, this committee assists members and non-members serving in the armed forces with identifying military and civilian educational advancement opportunities and certification programs.


Chaired by: Allan McDougall BA, BMASc, PCIP, CMAS

The focus of this committee is building anti-terrorism capability and capacity at all levels. This committee is tasked to meet challenges associated with preventing, detecting, and responding to events in an increasingly fragile and demand-oriented air, rail, and sea related transportation systems. This is accomplished through communicating best-business practices, technology, lessons learned, and the results of research into the community.


Chaired by: Chris Harper, NREMT-P, EMT-T, CMAS

Terrorist incident scenes are inherently dangerous, and all EMS personnel require additional training to operate in these adverse and austere conditions. This committee works with the training committee to establish standard protocols and training for all medical personnel that will respond to terrorist incidents in support of law enforcement and military personnel. In addition, this committee studies the benefits of implementing tactical medic training to current non-medical personnel in order to provide triage and stabilization of casualties at terrorist and other traumatic incidents. Finally, this committee works with existing tactical medic training programs and recommends ATAB curriculum in addition to their current training in order to further prepare personnel for terrorism response.


Chaired by: Ron Lander, CMAS

The mission of this committee is to serve as a liaison between ATAB (i.e., experienced ATAB subject matter experts, ATAB Committee chairs, and the ATAB Board of Directors) and the media. When ATAB is called upon to comment on or explain security and/or terrorism related incidents, the Chairperson of this committee will determine the appropriate representative(s) to provide a concise, intelligent, and timely response to the media. In addition, the Chairperson of this committee serves as liaison between ATAB, the ATAB representative(s) and the media, and is responsible for press and/or media releases regarding persons awarded the CAS, CMAS, and specialty credentials.


Chaired by: Ken Bierer, CMAS

This committee studies and recommends uses for biometric
technologies that measure and analyze human body characteristics, such as fingerprints, eye retinas and irises, voice patterns, facial patterns, smart cards, and hand measurements, for authentication purposes. In addition, this committee provides updated information on the new NIST regulations and biometric requirements for DOD and government contractors.


Chaired by: Leighton R. Johnson III, CMAS, CTR, CISSP, CISA, CISM, CSSLP, CFCP, CTO - ISFMT,

The purpose of this committee is to further the awareness of electronic information security across government and private sectors as well as becoming the definitive resource for any proposed security standards to assist terrorism responders


Chaired by: Gary A. Christmann, CMAS

The mission of this committee is to identify and evaluate vulnerabilities to terrorist threat, corporate espionage, and other disaster scenarios. We assist organizations in the development of effective planning, preparation and training mechanisms to mitigate such events, and to establish and/or assess organizational command, control and communication elements.


Chaired by: OPEN

The purpose of this committee is to develop resources and distribute information to Private Security personnel that are deployed to hostile areas in an effort to make their deployment safer and more comfortable. This committee develops and maintains a basic deployment equipment checklist and up-to-date vendor contact information on how to deployed personnel may acquire materials and items. In addition, this committee routinely posts updated information regarding lessons learned on our “News Blog” page in an effort to raise awareness to known risk or threat by geographic area.


Chaired by: Luis A. Arellano, CMAS

Responsible for the translation of training materials and Power Points into Spanish to assist our Spanish speaking members with developing materials that may be utilized more efficiently with Spanish speaking members.





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