Thomas D. Whalen – Director

Thomas Whalen serves as a Director of Security Consulting at Red Five. Mr. Whalen has more than 30 years of Law Enforcement, Intelligence and Military experience. Mr. Whalen possesses expertise in complex investigations, threat mitigation, intelligence collection and security operations.

In his role as a Director, Mr. Whalen consults on and manages projects related to individuals, executives, family offices, and enterprise level security concerns, cybersecurity needs, and threat mitigation solutions. 

Before joining Red Five, Mr. Whalen served as a Supervisory Special Agent and Unit Chief with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) working Transnational Organized Crime, Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence threats globally.  Mr. Whalen was detailed for several years to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), handling counterintelligence, and counterterrorism threats as well as Weapons of Mass Destruction proliferation matters. Mr. Whalen has also acquired significant experience working closely with law enforcement and intelligence agencies throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and parts of Asia.

During his time with the FBI, Mr. Whalen served as a Special Agent investigating transnational organized crime out of the San Diego Field Office, utilizing undercover and human intelligence operations, electronic and physical surveillance along with other advanced techniques. Mr. Whalen has successfully executed global investigations, resulting in the identification, arrest, prosecution, and dismantlement of criminal and terrorist organizations worldwide. 

Recently, Mr. Whalen directed and led Operation Trojan Shield, one of the FBI’s largest and most successful international organized crime and drug investigations to date. 

In addition to his law enforcement experience, Mr. Whalen was a United States Navy Officer and Naval Aviator, Carrier qualified Jet pilot, certified Mission Commander and Mishap Investigator. During the Gulf War, Mr. Whalen was assigned to Carrier Air Wing 8 aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), flying combat operations during Operation Desert Storm. 

Mr. Whalen holds a B.S. in Economics from Chico State University and a M.A. in International Relations and Negotiations from the Naval Postgraduate School. Mr. Whalen possesses a Commercial Pilots License, is a certified Aviation Safety Officer with extensive experience in aviation safety operations and aircraft mishap investigations.

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