Fred Burton

  • Global Terrorism and Security Expert
  • Executive Director, Ontic Center for Protective Intelligence
  • High-Net Worth Protection Expert
  • New York Times Bestselling Author of 'GHOST: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent' and More



Fred Burton is a former police officer, special agent, and New York Times bestselling author. He's served on the front lines of high-profile investigations like the hunt for and arrest of Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind behind the first World Trade Center bombing; the 1988 plane crash of PAK-1 that killed U.S. Ambassador Arnold Raphel and Pakistani President Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq; and the search for Americans kidnapped by Hezbollah in Beirut, Lebanon.

His bestselling books include his personal memoir GHOST: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent,  Chasing Shadows: A Special Agent's Lifelong Hunt to Bring a Cold War Assassin to Justice, Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi, and his fourth book, Beirut Rules: The Murder of a CIA Station Chief and Hezbollah’s War Against America.

Burton also consults with Fortune 500 companies on security developments and how to keep their personnel and business safe as the Executive Director of the Ontic Center for Protective Intelligence. Burton was selected by Security Magazine as one of the Most Influential People in Security in 2021.


 

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Mr. Burton held our audience in the palm of his hand. He neither sugar coats the tensions between Washington and Iran, nor does he go "apocalyptic" with doomsday predictions. At every turn he can offer a personal anecdote which reminds us that human factors can sometimes play as big a role in a terrorist incident as ideology (as in the case of Benghazi). Thanks to Burton's shrewd insights and perspective, I predict our members will be reading the morning headlines a little differently in the future.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Fred Burton
  • American Fuel & Petroleum Manufacturers
  • American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers
  • Austin Council on Foreign Affairs
  • President George H. W. Bush
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Greater Austin Council Navy League of the United States
  • Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad
  • Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School
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Safety and Security in the Covid Era

Companies have a duty of care to provide a safe and secure workplace, but how does a culture of care change in the Covid Era? Fred Burton can help you make sense of the current best practices for protecting people and companies in the COVID-19 era. For example, in light of the pandemic, the potentia ...

Companies have a duty of care to provide a safe and secure workplace, but how does a culture of care change in the Covid Era? Fred Burton can help you make sense of the current best practices for protecting people and companies in the COVID-19 era. For example, in light of the pandemic, the potential threat of workplace violence has shifted from the C-suite to the residence. What should HR, corporate security and executives look for to protect employees and the business? How should companies handle threats outside of the workplace?

Best Practices for Protecting High-Net Worth Families

Since 1999, Fred Burton has worked with numerous billionaires, high-net worth individuals and families to design programs to protect their families, children, homes and offices. His discreet protection model has become the industry standard for protecting businesses and wealthy families. Burton can ...

Since 1999, Fred Burton has worked with numerous billionaires, high-net worth individuals and families to design programs to protect their families, children, homes and offices. His discreet protection model has become the industry standard for protecting businesses and wealthy families. Burton can also help make sense of the unique security threats facing children of high-net worth parents and provide recommendations for how to mitigate these threats.

Protective Intelligence: What Can You Do to Protect Your Employees and Business?

Fred Burton will explain how the protective intelligence model is key to safeguarding business interests, to include the protection of employees, infrastructure, operations and overall business continuity. Fred Burton is a pioneer in this field and one of the original members of the State Department ...

Fred Burton will explain how the protective intelligence model is key to safeguarding business interests, to include the protection of employees, infrastructure, operations and overall business continuity. Fred Burton is a pioneer in this field and one of the original members of the State Department's Protective Intelligence Division. He has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to discuss his model and best-selling memoir Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent (Random House, 2008).

A History of Modern Day Terror: Iran, Hezbollah and The Black September Organization

Before al-Qaeda, terror groups like Black September and Hezbollah had more American and Israeli blood on their hands than any other terror organizations. Fred Burton will walk you through their fascinating history of assassinations, hijackings and bombings to show how their tactics and strategy are ...

Before al-Qaeda, terror groups like Black September and Hezbollah had more American and Israeli blood on their hands than any other terror organizations. Fred Burton will walk you through their fascinating history of assassinations, hijackings and bombings to show how their tactics and strategy are still in play today.

Making Sense of the Terror Threat

Fred Burton explains the global terror hotspots and emerging threats from a strategic and tactical perspective, to include a review of the most targeted cities in the United States. He will also explain how you can determine the probable targets in your city. Burton is routinely called upon by the n ...

Fred Burton explains the global terror hotspots and emerging threats from a strategic and tactical perspective, to include a review of the most targeted cities in the United States. He will also explain how you can determine the probable targets in your city. Burton is routinely called upon by the national media for expert terrorism commentary and has appeared on CNN, Fox & Friends, Fox News, NPR, Good Morning America, The Morning Joe Show and Al Jazeera.

Preparing for Terrorist Attacks, Disaster and Wars

What are the ramifications and impact to business, travelers and ex-pats, in the event of global terror attacks, disaster and war? In a thought provoking discussion, Burton will lay out the key items you need to think about ahead of time, before disaster strikes. Are you prepared? ...

What are the ramifications and impact to business, travelers and ex-pats, in the event of global terror attacks, disaster and war? In a thought provoking discussion, Burton will lay out the key items you need to think about ahead of time, before disaster strikes. Are you prepared?

The Shadow War With Iran

In the on-going shadow war between the United States and Iran, what does the U.S. killing of Iranian General Soleimani mean in a broader context? The events occurring today are part of the larger battle between Washington and Tehran have been fighting for decades. Fred Burton was on the front lines ...

In the on-going shadow war between the United States and Iran, what does the U.S. killing of Iranian General Soleimani mean in a broader context? The events occurring today are part of the larger battle between Washington and Tehran have been fighting for decades. Fred Burton was on the front lines of this battle in the 80s and 90s, investigating attacks and airplane hijackings, interviewing victims who had been kidnapped by Iranian proxies; he understands the origins of the conflict and the larger historical issues at play. He is the author of Beirut Rules: The Murder of a CIA Station and Hezbollah's War Against America. Burton is the current VP of Intelligence for Stratfor and a former State Department special agent. Burton discusses the history and path to Soleimani's killing and lays out what this could mean for Western business interests in the region.

The Road to 9-11

From his unique experiences and past terrorism investigations as a State Department counterterrorism special agent, Fred Burton will discuss the history and lead-up to the al-Qaeda attack on 9-11. Why didn't the U.S. Intelligence Community see it coming? What did we learn from the attack? Can it hap ...

From his unique experiences and past terrorism investigations as a State Department counterterrorism special agent, Fred Burton will discuss the history and lead-up to the al-Qaeda attack on 9-11. Why didn't the U.S. Intelligence Community see it coming? What did we learn from the attack? Can it happen again?

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<p>Fred Burton Speaks Virtually At The State Department’s 35th OSAC Annual Briefing</p>

Fred Burton Speaks Virtually At The State Department’s 35th OSAC Annual Briefing

The State Department’s 35th OSAC Annual Briefing, one of the most celebrated events in the international security community, featured a virtual session from FRED BURTON, Executive Director of the Center for Protective Intelligence. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a seminal event for the safety and security profession. Over the last 35 years, the security community has been shaped by numerous critical events that brought about change and resiliency within the industry. Burton’s talk, “Historical Inflection Points for the Security Industry,” reexamined these events, shared historical lessons learned, and provided his perspective on how the current challenges associated with the pandemic factor into the evolution of the security profession.

In the Ontic Protective Intelligence Podcast, Burton digs into the world of physical security and protective intelligence—the past, the present and the future. Audiences appreciate his expert insight into complicated national security issues, with praise such as: "Mr. Burton held our audience in the palm of his hand...thanks to Burton's shrewd insights and perspective, I predict our members will be reading the morning headlines a little differently in the future." (University of Texas at Austin), and "Mr. Burton has a wonderfully refreshing way of presenting the facts... He was captivating, accessible and engaging. He generously shared formative stories from his youth and captivatingly documented his life of service to this country... Mr. Burton loves a good story and has an uncanny knack for going after them and sharing them with his audience." (Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School).

<p>Fred Burton hosts The Ontic Protective Intelligence Podcast</p>

Fred Burton hosts The Ontic Protective Intelligence Podcast

In the Ontic Protective Intelligence Podcast, FRED BURTON speaks with experts about real-life incidents ranging from the 1966 University of Texas shooting, to high profile kidnappings and workplace violence incidents, to name a few. Join us as we dig into the world of physical security and protective intelligence—the past, the present and the future.

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<p>Fred Burton shares insights on international security at SXSW</p>

Fred Burton shares insights on international security at SXSW

One of the foremost authorities on security, high net worth protection and terrorism, FRED BURTON was sought-out to deliver a SXSW session on his new book: Beirut Rules: The Murder of a CIA Station Chief and Hezbollah's War Against America.  Taking audiences behind the scenes of his work, which examines Hezbollah's rise and the emergence of a new form of terrorism, Burton's session offered powerful lessons on security and international affairs today. VP of Intelligence at Stratfor, Burton oversees analysis of global security developments and consults with clients on security-related issues affecting their business assets or personal safety. His session at SXSW generated tweets such as: "Really enjoyed the talk by @fred_burton today at #sxsw. Also picked up a signed copy of his book."

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New York Times best-selling author and the world's foremost authority on protective intelligence, security, and executive protection.

Fred Burton is a former police officer, special agent, and New York Times bestselling author. He's served on the front lines of high-profile investigations like the hunt for and arrest of Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind behind the first World Trade Center bombing; the 1988 plane crash of PAK-1 that killed U.S. Ambassador Arnold Raphel and Pakistani President Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq; and the search for Americans kidnapped by Hezbollah in Beirut, Lebanon.

His best-selling books include his personal memoir GHOST: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent,  Chasing Shadows: A Special Agent's Lifelong Hunt to Bring a Cold War Assassin to Justice, Under Fire: The Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi, and his fourth book, Beirut Rules: The Murder of a CIA Station Chief and Hezbollah’s War Against America.

Burton also consults with Fortune 500 companies on security developments and how to keep their personnel and business safe as the Executive Director of the Ontic Center for Protective Intelligence. Burton was selected by Security Magazine as one of the Most Influential People in Security in 2021.