Andrew Wartell serves as CEO of Wartell Consulting, providing advice and guidance to public and private organizations in the areas of Security Analysis, Technology and Operations. Wartell is on the Board of Directors of Vidsys and is a member of the Board of Advisors of Astrella, Bridgeborn and Confluence. He has provided Physical Security and Explosives Mitigation expertise to the DOD/Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office and other government agencies. Wartell also sits on the Boards of The Foundation for Safer Schools, dedicated to provide funding for schools for training staff and hardening facilities to mitigate active shooter incidents.
Wartell has over 39 years in the Intelligence and Security Community. He has managed both defensive and positive operations activities with concentration on protecting assets in the overseas environment. He was the Intelligence Community expert on risk assessment and risk management in facility physical and technical security and currently represents the industry in many government forums.
He retired from the Central Intelligence Agency in 2002. His final assignment was as Associate Director of the DCI/Center for Security Evaluation where he managed the DCI’s physical, technical and counterintelligence security oversight of diplomatic construction worldwide – to include the US embassies in Moscow and Beijing. He was the Intelligence Community expert on the risk of surreptitious entry and had oversight of the US Government technical and HUMINT threat assessment process.
Wartell spent four years as Vice President of Global Security and Director of Special Projects at Goldman Sachs where he provided facility physical and technical security design including the new $2.1 billion Goldman Sachs headquarters building in NYC; data centers in the US, Hong Kong, India and UK; and site selection and risk assessments for facilities worldwide. He was liaison to the World Trade Center Master Security Plan design committee and Goldman representative to the NYPD Lower Manhattan Security Initiative. He led efforts in selecting and testing curtain walls for blast resistance and was the private industry representative to the DOD/TSWG/Blast Effects Working Group.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Chemistry from the University of New Mexico, a Master of Science degree in Forensic Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh, a Diploma from the National Defense University/National War College, and a Diploma from the National Defense University/Capstone General and Flag Officer Course.