Spencer Coursen is combat veteran, expert security consultant, threat assessment advisor and vulnerability reduction professional. He is the President of Coursen Security Group which advises, consults, and manages a diverse and selective client list on a wide-range of corporate, personal, and physical security concerns.
Over the course of his diverse career, Mr. Spencer Coursen has planned, executed and led close protection details for dignitaries, heads of state, boards of directors, CEOs, celebrities, media, and public figures on more than 300 international trips to 163 different countries. He has extensive international exposure, including the provision of close protection and threat assessment to clients in high-risk environments throughout Africa, Asia, Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East.
In addition to his experience in leading close protection details, Mr. Coursen has extensive experience in developing systems and strategies to better assess and manage risks for clients, advising clients on the assessment, management, and profiling of potentially violent persons and situations, and maintaining a wide range of intra and interagency coordination.
After earning a B.A. in both psychology and sociology, Mr. Coursen served in the US Army, where he was a graduate of the U.S. Army Airborne School and the U.S. Army Ranger School. By the end of his Army career, Mr. Coursen had helped to plan and lead multiple combat missions throughout the Middle East, often times working closely with the Australian Special Air Service, U.S. Special Forces, and agencies of the U.S. Government.
After an honorable discharge from the United States Army, Spencer Coursen served with distinction as a State Department sponsored and sworn Special Deputy United States Marshal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF.) In this role he was directly responsible for the safety and security of two consecutive IMF Managing Directors and their executive management teams. These responsibilities included daily protective coverage, residential and headquarter security, and coordination with host government authorities for all domestic and international travel — including physical security assessments , investigations into threats, and the securing of major events attended by world leaders (G6, G7, G8, G20.)
Mr. Coursen was next Deputy Director of the Protective Services Division at Gavin de Becker & Associates, where he worked closely with clients to design and execute services best suited to their specific needs. During this time, Mr. Coursen conducted and oversaw investigations into suspected criminal activity, asset loss, property damage, personal injury, and alleged employee misconduct. He was also responsible for determining the need and managing the design, procurement, and installation, of protective systems and strategies required at the residences and offices of clients.
With this extensive background and knowledge in hand, Mr. Coursen founded Coursen Security Group which offers consulting and management expertise on a variety of security-related concerns.
Spencer Coursen’s wide range of experience in strategy, management, and analysis makes him an expert in threat assessment, protective intelligence, and vulnerability reduction. He served as a security consultant for the Academy Award nominated film Zero Dark Thirty and can be seen as a contributing expert on ABC News, Fox News, Katie Couric, and The Blaze. His expert commentary has been featured in print in the Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The Seattle Times, Ocean Home Magazine, Philly.com, the New York Times, The Seattle Times, Open Health News, American Thinker, USA Today, and FoxNews.com.
Spencer Coursen is a nationally recognized threat management expert who has an exceptional record of success in the assessment, management, and resolution of threats, domestic and global security operations, investigations, policy authorship, and protective strategy.