Former Senior Special Agent, US State Dept
Mar 05, 2020
Dave Benson
Former Senior Special Agent, US State Dept

Dave Benson is an accomplished security professional with over 40 years of Public and Private Sector expertise in the areas of Security Management, Protective Operations, Contingency Planning and Vulnerability/Risk Assessment & Mitigation.  He specializes in partnering with clients to develop Strategic Solutions to support individual, group or organizational goals.

Dave founded DJ Benson & Associates (DJBA) after an acclaimed career with the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) as a Senior Special Agent. Prior to his government service, Dave served in various management positions for Walt Disney World Security, in Orlando, Florida.  In his last position with the Department of State, Dave served as Director of the Diplomatic Security Training Center in Washington DC where he was responsible for the all Security, Engineering, and Law Enforcement training with the Bureau.  Dave’s other career highlights include: Protective Security for numerous Secretaries of State & Foreign Dignitaries: overseas assignments in Egypt, Sri Lanka, Finland, and Bangladesh; and oversight of the DS planning and coordination for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

DJBA & “The Center for Personal Protection & Safety" (CPPS)--such as Workplace Violence Prevention, Self Defense, Executive Protection, Threat Assessment and Management Team training--Dave spends an increasing amount of his time managing the DJBA Security Threat Assessment, Management & Mitigation program as well as the CPPS Threat Management Advisory Team (TMAT), Workplace Violence Prevention Program Review and other High Level Consulting Programs.

Dave is an Adjunct Professor at Valencia College, School of Public Safety, a member in good standing of The Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP), currently serving as the Vice President of the Florida ATAP Board of Directors.