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Larry Wansley

Director of Security, Dallas Cowboys Football Club
CSO/Member Board of Directors of Resilient Integrated Systems

Larry is an internationally recognized Security, Risk Management and Asset Protection Consultant.  He is a former U.S. Marine and FBI Agent with extensive Security experience in Mass Transportation, Assets Protection, Critical Infrastructure, Crisis Management, Emergency Planning and Business Continuity.  

Larry is the former Managing Director of Corporate Security for American Airlines and its parent AMR Corporation.  During his tenure at American Airlines, he received the FBI Director’s Award for his team leadership in supporting the 9/11 Terrorist investigations.  As the head of global security, he directed American/American Eagle and Trans World Airlines’, security operations, compliance and asset protection programs.  His responsibilities included over 5000 daily flights, and asset protection in 65 countries, including over 2000 security staff members.  Prior to joining American and subsequent to his FBI career, Larry served as the Dallas Cowboys Operations Director, Director of Player Counseling Services, and Director of Security for the NFL’s World League which later became NFL Europe. During the initial Cowboys period, he took a leave of absence to serve as Security Director for Pop Singer Whitney Houston’s first World Tour.  That mission included security assessments and planning in dozens of countries, cities and facilities. He retired from American in 2004 and established his consulting practice.  Football also beckoned and he returned to the Dallas Cowboys as Director of Security as well.  

While at American, all programs relating to security, including regulatory compliance were under his direction, which included multiple subsidiaries.  He served as a Corporate Restructuring Team Leader and was personally responsible for evaluations of the American Flight Department.  Those efforts resulted in annual department savings of $10 Million.  He directed emergency security operations for many global crisis events including, plane crashes, terrorist bombings, kidnappings, attacks and crimes against company facilities and personnel, a worldwide Flight Attendants’ strike which included protection of replacement crew members and company facilities to ensure business continuity.  In Pakistan, he directed a logistics, security and safety program for a team of 36 American Specialists in restructuring Pakistan International Airlines.  His emergency planning facilitated their safe evacuation after military coups.

In 1997, Larry initiated a proposed Federal Aviation Security Program (Federal Security Screening Agency) to government and industry.  That program was later used in establishing the TSA after the 9/11 attacks.  Shortly after 9/11, He served as a member of the Silicon Valley Congressional Blue Ribbon Technology Panel for Aviation Security in developing technology resources.  He also served as the Chairman of the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Security Committee, representing over 300 global airlines.

He is the author of “FBI Undercover” which chronicled his 10 year period as one of the FBI’s first long term deep undercover agents.  His varied background also includes serving as a member of the LAPD Rampart Division, Independent Review Panel which conducted a major police corruption investigation.

His security consulting experience includes projects in Australia, Abu Dhabi (UAE), Turkmenistan, Venezuela, Mexico and many others in the US, including training programs for various airlines.  

He has provided expert witness litigation support in various matters relating to security and safety.  He later joined Resilient Integrated Systems (An Emergency Power and Communications Safety and Security System) where he serves as Chief Security Officer and Member of the Board of Directors.  Through his concurrent roles in multiple disciplines, the needs of Safety, Security, Operations and Compliance are interconnected and are effectively served by his experience. That experience includes Emergency and Disaster Response Planning and Operations in global events including NFL Super bowls.  

Larry is a member of numerous international government and industry bodies, including the US State Department’s Overseas Security Advisory Council, American Society of Industrial Security, NFL Commissioner’s Security Advisory Committee, Former FBI Agents Society, and others.  His awards include the Immigration and Naturalization Director’s Award, U.S. State Department Award, U.S. Customs Commissioner’s Award, Los Angeles City Council Commendation, National Eagle Leadership-Career Focus Magazine Award, Missouri House of Representatives Resolution as the State’s “Outstanding Missourian” and was named Dallas Father of the Year in 2008.
He is a frequent TV and radio network Commentator on matters of Aviation Security.  He is a graduate of California State University in Police Science and Administration with graduate studies at University of Southern California and California Lutheran University.