901-754-9404
My List0

We've now made it easier for you to research and save your favorite keynotes speakers. Click on the + sign to add a speaker to your Speaker List and email your favorites to colleagues and friends.

Gary Berntsen Speaker

Gary Berntsen

    23-year Veteran of CIA, Best-Selling Author of Jawbreaker
Full Bio
Fee Range

$10,000 - $15,000

Travels From

New York

CIA Case Officer Gary Berntsen Discusses The Growing Number of Americans Joining ISIS

CIA Case Officer Gary Berntsen Discusses The Growing Number of Americans Joining ISIS

Gary Berntsen

Gary Berntsen

Gary Berntsen is a retired 23-year Veteran of CIA's Clandestine Service, and the best-selling author of Jawbreaker: The Attack on Bin Laden and Al Qaida. As one of CIA's most decorated officers, Berntsen led many of the Central Intelligence Agency's most important counterterrorist deployments and served as a Senior CIA Field Commander for a decade around the globe. Recent reports confirm that Paramount Pictures has purchased the option for Jawbreaker.

Selected to lead CIA's deployment after the East Africa bombings and then again to lead in Afghanistan following the September 11, 2001 attacks, Berntsen was at the forefront in confronting al Qaeda and the Taliban and a pivotal figure in the United States victory in Afghanistan.

Berntsen's knowledge of Intelligence, Counterterrorism and Foreign Affairs provides for an informed and dynamic presentation in our ongoing struggle with Jihadist Terrorists. Having served on the ground in multiple insurgencies, Berntsen provides his audience with gritty, informed understanding of what needs to be done in order to achieve victory in the long war that we face. In assignments as varied as the Middle East South Asia, Latin America and the Balkans he conducted cutting edge operations against many of the world's most dangerous terrorist groups.

At the core of his success was the ability to lead under adverse conditions and inspire the men and women under his command. The CIA awarded Berntsen the Distinguished Intelligence Medal and the Intelligence Star respectively in 1998 and 2004. In 2006, Intelcon, a private sector supporter of the Intelligence Community awarded him the first William F. Buckley Award for Leadership, named after the kidnapped and murdered CIA Station Chief in Lebanon in 1984.

Berntsen has appeared on national television and radio. He has been interviewed extensively by Tim Russert, Bill O'Reilly, Chris Mathews and John Kaisch to name just a few. Central to his presentation is the need to lead, over come obstacles and inspire others.

Gary released his first piece of fiction in August 2008. The book is titled The Walk-In and tells the story of an American CIA case officer dealing with an Iranian defector from the Quds Force. The defector claims that a catastrophic attack is imminent and the American case officer must decide what to believe.

In November 2008, Berntsen published Human Intelligence, Counterterrorism, and National Leadership: A Practical Guide. This book was written to serve as a manual for the incoming president and White House staff and includes highly specific recommendations and policy prescriptions for human intelligence and counterterrorism operations.

Berntsen continues expressing his opinions and analysis to the news media and several government entities including police departments and federal agencies.

To book Gary Berntsen call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

Terrorism and Counterterrorism

Corporate Security and Intelligence

Crisis Management

Speaking Topics:

Related Speakers

Bill Lester, Diversity Speaker

Bill Lester

NASCAR Racer

Lisa Orrell, generational speaker

Lisa Orrell

The Generations Relations & Leadership Expert Making the Workplace More Productive...One Generation at a Time!

Ted Garrison, Sales Speaker

Ted Garrison

"Catalyst for Change" and Construction Industry Visionary

Anthony Parinello, Personal Growth Speaker

Anthony Parinello

Author and Speaker

Michael Hingson, Speaker

Michael Hingson

NY Times Bestselling Author of  Thunder Dog

Sally Karioth, Health & Wellness Speaker

Sally Karioth

Grief Counselor

Gerald Coffee, Leadership Speaker

Gerald Coffee

Author

Todd Huston Speaker

Todd Huston

Amputee

Paul Chabot, Motivation Speaker

Paul Chabot

Senior Advisor Within the White House 

Hugh  Herr

Hugh Herr

Head of the Biomechatronics Research Group at MIT

Jenn Lim, speaker

Jenn Lim

CEO & Chief Happiness Officer of Delivering Happiness

Ryan Estis

Ryan Estis

One of the “Best Keynote Speakers Ever Heard” (Meetings & Conventions Magazine)

Reviews

Testimonials

"Angela is the best!!! I can always count on her honest feedback about speakers. She helps me look like a hero to my company!"

Testimonials | Medtronic | Executive Speakers

"ESB continues to deliver great options for us as we plan our event each year."

Testimonials | Arkansas Heart Hospital | Executive Speakers

“I am banging my head against the wall right now for all the times I have done this without using Executive Speakers Bureau. This ..

Clorox Client

"The conference was an immense hit – we certainly raised the bar in our company on how conferences are planned and executed. You and yo..

Testimonials | Benchmark Global Hospitality | Executive Speakers

"Johnny Cupcakes was a hit last night! Thank you both so much for all of your assistance through this process, it has been such a positi..

Johnny Cupcakes | Testimonials | Executive Speakers

"You all were awesome to work with and helped make my life easier when planning these events. Thanks so much!” 

 

Testimonial

"Thanks so much for working on this engagement with us. It’s been a very pleasant experience. We will definitely include ESB in our sea..

Testimonial

"They have booked me to speak at events for over a decade and their professional approach and client focus is unmatched in the industry. I am..

Garrison Wynn, Sales Speaker

"Thank you, both, for making last night possible! You have been such a Joy to work with and I appreciate everything you did for us! I can't s..

Salvation Army

Our bank has held an annual business and economic conference for the past 9 years.  We have worked with Executive Speakers every year an..

Need Suggestions? Have Questions?

Need Suggestions? Have Questions?

Call to discuss how we can you help find the right speaker(s) for your organization.

Get Ideas in 1 hour or less

Executive Speakers Bureau consistently receives praises about our speed and efficiency. From the beginning of your event planning, our extensive online speaker database and resourceful staff allow us to quickly equip you with the best speaker for your event.

Need a last minute speaker? No worries. Our speed and efficiency help us give you ideas for speakers in one hour or less.

Please fill in information below