Charles Edward Goslin Author of Evaluating Organization Development
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Charles Edward Goslin

Security and Intelligence Consultant
Self-employed

Charles draws on 35+ years of experience working in the international security, intelligence, foreign affairs and business arena. He is a retired CIA operations officer and veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence, with a long career living and working abroad. Charles is an acknowledged authority on international terrorism and radicalization, and lectures on this and related topics at professional conferences and universities.

Biography

Charles E. Goslin is a retired Central Intelligence  Agency operations officer who served throughout
the world in a career that bridged both covert technical and human intelligence operations. He continues actively consulting in retirement on international intelligence, security, and risk challenges faced by multinational corporations operating in some of the world’s most hostile regions.  Charles’  experience offers unique value for the business traveler that must, out of necessity, venture into “Indian country.”  His perspective is one drawn from years working in the trenches of the third world, rather than the relative comfort of a Washington office.

Charles has authored and published numerous white papers on the security threat and business risk, and is an acknowledged expert in the area of terrorism and radicalization.  He lectures regularly at universities and business groups on this, and other security and intelligence-related topics.  Charles has worked abroad in India, Africa, Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East with personal extensive experience in crisis management and evacuation of facilities and personnel on numerous occasions.   His expertise has been solicited by national media, both broadcast and print.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Personal Security (Programs, Techniques and Training), Terrorism and Radicalization, Intelligence and Counterintelligence Programs and Analysis, Security and Business Risk, Threat Assessment and Analysis for Multinational Enterprise, Security Program Development and Management.

Personal Interests

    Writing (professional and fiction), genealogy, fly fishing, and travel.

Websites

Books

Featured Title
 Featured Title - Understanding Personal Security & Risk: A Guide for Business - 1st Edition book cover

Articles

Butchko, Inc.

The Russians are Coming? Why Attention to Cyber Defense is more critical than..


Published: Jan 09, 2017 by Butchko, Inc.
Authors: Charles E. Goslin
Subjects: Homeland Security, Information Technology

The new-found “Red Scare” arising from the revelation of Russian-government directed cyber attacks against the U.S., reminds me of a wonderful line from the movie “Casablanca.” Captain Renault, a reluctant Vichy-police official with rather flexible views on the vice of gambling, is pressured by the Nazi’s to find any pretext to close down “Rick’s American Café.”

Butchko, Inc.

A Forensic Risk Assessment of Machu Picchu


Published: Dec 01, 2016 by Butchko, Inc.
Authors: Charles E. Goslin
Subjects: Engineering - General, Ergonomics & Human Factors, Disaster Planning & Recovery

In the high mists of the Peruvian jungle is an elegant testament to the effectiveness of carefully layered physical security design principles. It has stood the test of time, the elements, and – most importantly – the Spanish Conquistadores. It is the Incan citadel known as Machu Picchu (translated “old mountain”), located deep in the Cordillera Vilcabamba, on the eastern slopes of the Andes mountains.

Butchko, Inc.

In Emergency Preparedness, Timing is Everything


Published: Oct 18, 2016 by Butchko, Inc.
Authors: Charles E. Goslin
Subjects: Homeland Security, Emergency Response, Disaster Planning & Recovery

Closing and locking the barn door does not make very much sense if the horses have already bolted. That bit of farm-life wisdom illustrates our point for today – the importance of timing when developing emergency safety and security plans. The operative word when it comes to emergency preparations is…“emergency.”

Butchko, Inc.

The Risk of Cascading Events


Published: Oct 05, 2016 by Butchko, Inc.
Authors: Charles E. Goslin
Subjects: Homeland Security, Emergency Response, Disaster Planning & Recovery

The recent unrest in Charlotte, North Carolina brings to mind and old adage: ‘for want of a nail, the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe, the horse was lost; for want of a horse, the rider was lost; for want of a rider, the battle and a country was lost.’ This saying decribes what is known as a threat cascade...

Butchko, Inc.

Risk: The first principle of value in Security


Published: Feb 23, 2016 by Butchko, Inc.
Authors: Charles E. Goslin
Subjects: Business & Management, Engineering - General, Homeland Security, Emergency Response, Disaster Planning & Recovery

When security budgets are lean, the first question that security leaders should ask themselves is this: does the actual risk at a facility merit the expense? Certainly “standard of care” and appropriate local codes and standards must be built into facilities. However, asking, “should I do more?” is critical when managing a very limited budget.

Butchko, Inc.

Soft Targets and the invisible veterans in our midst


Published: Dec 22, 2015 by Butchko, Inc.
Authors: Charles E. Goslin
Subjects: Homeland Security, Emergency Response, Disaster Planning & Recovery

We are used to seeing our beloved veterans returning home from war. Tearful reunions with family, friends, and loved ones in the airport. They come back to a grateful nation, VA benefits, and lifelong support – as it should be. But there is another kind of veteran returning from war that we don’t see, and he may pose a deadly threat to our country.

Butchko, Inc.

Shopping Malls? Take the threat seriously, they are in the terrorist playbook


Published: Feb 25, 2015 by Butchko, Inc.
Authors: Charles E. Goslin
Subjects: Homeland Security, Emergency Response, Disaster Planning & Recovery

When it comes to the next terrorist attack, you can bet on one thing: It probably will not happen at the Mall of the Americas, London’s Oxford Street or Canada’s West Edmonton shopping complex. These venues are on high security alert after this weekend’s threat issued by the Al-Qaida affiliated Somali terrorist group Al Shabab. The physical security countermeasures and incident response plans were on full display on all the television networks and they were impressive...

Butchko, Inc.

Critical Analysis of Pipeline Safety and Security in Mexico


Published: Nov 06, 2014 by Butchko, Inc.
Authors: Charles E. Goslin
Subjects: Energy & Clean Technology, Engineering - Environmental, Occupational Health & Safety, Emergency Response, Disaster Planning & Recovery

When it comes to pipeline safety and security, our two neighbors provide an interesting and illustrative contrast. To our north, Canada’s oil and gas industry’s safety and security standards, with regards to pipelines, mirror and even surpass those of the U.S. The oil and gas sector is privately owned and operated and government’s involvement, though substantial, is limited to necessary oversight and regulation....Our southern neighbor, Mexico, tells a different story.

Butchko, Inc.

Security Risk: the missing ingredient in Pipeline Integrity Management


Published: Oct 07, 2014 by Butchko, Inc.
Authors: Charles E. Goslin
Subjects: Energy & Clean Technology, Homeland Security, Emergency Response, Disaster Planning & Recovery

“When it comes to pipelines, security is today where corrosion was 20 years ago.” This candid assessment, from Phillip Nidd, Vice President of Operations at Dynamic Risk USA, really distilled our impressions and understanding of security’s role at the 29 September – 3 October 2014 International Pipeline Conference in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Butchko, Inc.

Threat-led Risk


Published: Sep 11, 2014 by Butchko, Inc.
Authors: Charles E. Goslin
Subjects: Homeland Security, Emergency Response, Disaster Planning & Recovery

Threat is the “fissile material” needed to activate the individual components of asset, vulnerability, impact, consequence, and likelihood in the calculation of risk. It is threat that initiates the sequence of relationships and events that, together, combine to elevate or lower risk. It is important to understand threat in this context because all too often the element of threat is minimized or abstracted when security assessments are done. Why?

Butchko, Inc.

Oil & Gas Perspectives: The Russian Enigma and Ukraine


Published: Jul 29, 2014 by Butchko, Inc.
Authors: Charles E. Goslin
Subjects: Energy & Clean Technology, Public Administration & Public Policy

To understand what will happen with Ukraine, and potentially other regions of Eastern Europe and what is known as the “near abroad” , it is important to understand assets, threats, and risks in this region from a Russian point of view, and, more specifically, the perspective of Vladimir Putin, and the interests of Russia’s massive oil and gas industry.

Butchko, Inc.

Yemen's Post-Arab Spring Threat Assessment


Published: Jun 27, 2014 by Butchko, Inc.
Authors: Charles E. Goslin
Subjects: Public Administration & Public Policy, Emergency Response

On 26 June 2014, a group suspected to be Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) launched an attack on the International Airport in Seiyun, a city in the remote Hadhramaut region of Eastern Yemen. Seiyun is located in the oil-producing part of the country. While the attack appears to be a dramatic departure from AQAP’s usual tactics of attacking checkpoints, convoys, and assassinations, it should not be surprising for those closely watching trends...

Butchko, Inc.

Security Challenges to the Oil & Gas Industry in Mexico


Published: May 04, 2014 by Butchko, Inc.
Authors: Charles E. Goslin
Subjects: Business & Management, Energy & Clean Technology, Homeland Security, Public Administration & Public Policy

This significant shift opens up the Mexican energy sector to private foreign companies, allowing private concessions in upstream and downstream operations as well as production-sharing agreements between Pemex and private companies. These reforms will attract a large influx of companies seeking new opportunities and profit. In fact, they already have.

Butchko, Inc.

The Security Risks of Near-Shoring to Mexico: Implications for Business Strategy


Published: Nov 21, 2013 by Butchko, Inc.
Authors: Charles E. Goslin
Subjects: Business & Management, Energy & Clean Technology, Forensics & Criminal Justice, Public Administration & Public Policy

The perception that Mexico's entire security environment is hopelessly chaotic and brutal is overstated. The reality is an emerging economic resurgence in the country, spurred by a business trend called "near-shoring." With this economic recovery is a fragile recovery in Mexico's security environment. Both signs are hopeful, but it is too early to pronounce both trends as a return to security "normalcy."

Butchko, Inc.

Attack on Ain Amenas in Algeria: Cost of Complacency


Published: Mar 27, 2013 by Butchko, Inc.
Authors: Charles E. Goslin
Subjects: Business & Management, Energy & Clean Technology, Disaster Planning & Recovery

Seventy days have passed since the 16 January 2013 terrorist attack on the Tiguentourine natural gas plant at Ain Amenas, Algeria. Although the initial shock of the assault by Al Qaeda on the remote facility in the Sahara desert has faded from international headlines, the impact is still being felt in the form of rising tangible costs....

Butchko, Inc.

"Attack on Ain Amenas in Algeria: Implications and Recommendations for Oil & Gas


Published: Jan 27, 2013 by Butchko, Inc.
Authors: Charles E. Goslin
Subjects: Energy & Clean Technology, Homeland Security, Public Administration & Public Policy, Emergency Response, Disaster Planning & Recovery

The siege by terrorists at the Ain Amenas natural gas complex in Algeria signals a significant and troubling change in what Islamic militants are targeting in the region. The terrorists were well-armed, and within their operational capabilities. Whether their ultimate goal was to destroy the complex and directly hurt Algeria's economy, keep hostages for ransom, or both -- remains to be seen.

Butchko, Inc.

"Security Risks in the Eagle Ford Shale Play: Illicit movement of contraband and


Published: Dec 27, 2012 by Butchko, Inc.
Authors: Charles E. Goslin
Subjects: Forensics & Criminal Justice, Homeland Security

Examination of current and future security risks to the oil & gas industry posed by Mexican organized criminal groups smuggling drugs, humans and weapons through oil & gas leases on the U.S.-Mexican border in south Texas.

Duos Technologies, Inc.

Physical Security: A Critical Look


Published: Dec 11, 2008 by Duos Technologies, Inc.
Authors: Charles E. Goslin
Subjects: Homeland Security

The perception that state-of-the-art security is represented by barbed-wire tipped fences, armed gate guards, electronically locked steel doors, and a subterranean room crammed with CCTV displays filled with multiple, ever-changing scenes on flat screen monitors is quietly disappearing.

Duos Technologies, Inc.

Maritime and Port Security


Published: Dec 11, 2008 by Duos Technologies, Inc.
Authors: Charles E. Goslin
Subjects: Homeland Security

Worldwide Port and Maritime operations and their associated facilities and infrastructure collectively represent one of the single greatest unaddressed challenges to the security of nations and the global economy today. The reason that ports and shipping activity are so difficult to secure lies primarily in their topography.

Duos Technologies, Inc.

Hotel Security


Published: Dec 08, 2008 by Duos Technologies, Inc.
Authors: Charles E. Goslin
Subjects: Homeland Security

Hotels are not designed with high-security in mind and, in normal times, they don’t need to be. They are built to accommodate the traveling public, and high-end resorts and facilities around the world have aesthetics and comfort, not security and safety, in mind.

Duos Technologies, Inc.

Civil Aviation and Airport Security


Published: Nov 12, 2008 by Duos Technologies, Inc.
Authors: Charles E. Goslin
Subjects: Homeland Security

The unrelenting terrorism threat to the commercial aviation industry is one of the most visible security challenges to authorities, worldwide, today.

Duos Technologies, Inc.

International Petroleum Security Systems


Published: Nov 11, 2008 by Duos Technologies, Inc.
Authors: Charles E. Goslin

There are many threats to the world supply of oil and gas, all of which are well known to the industry. Labor strikes or localized political instability delay or temporarily close production facilities. Theft of crude oil from pipelines, or transport translates to profit loss for companies, and severe weather can shut down operations on off-shore oil and gas platforms.

Duos Technologies

Countering the Urban Terrorist Threat


Published: Nov 11, 2008 by Duos Technologies
Authors: Charles E. Goslin
Subjects: Homeland Security, Emergency Response, Disaster Planning & Recovery

On every New York City subway train, the message to passengers since the terrorist attacks of 9/11 has been clear: “If you see something, say something.” This simple admonishment is more than just a sign of the times in which we live. Between the lines it underscores the fact that we face a terrorist threat that is cunning, hidden, constant, and unpredictable.

Photos

Videos

Interview about North Korea, and Personal Security on EFN Network

Published: Aug 10, 2017

Appearance and interview by EFN (Energy Flow Network) about my book and also the political situation with North Korea.