Robert M. Blitzer Joins ICF International
Expert in Counterterrorism and National Security
Fairfax, Virginia, June 29, 2006 -
ICF International announced today that Robert M. Blitzer joined the firm as a vice president and expert in law enforcement, counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and emergency preparedness. Mr. Blitzer served for more than 26 years as a Special Agent for the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), with twelve years of experience in counterterrorism, and was the chief of the Domestic Terrorism/Counterterrorism Planning Section in the FBI at the time of his retirement. That component was responsible for Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) response operations.
More recently, Mr. Blitzer used his operational expertise in his role as a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In that position, he participated in a number of national policy development matters such as the National Response Plan and the National Incident Management System. He also provided leadership and support for preparations and response to imminent threats to public health such as the U.S. Federal Government's response to the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) threat, as well as other public health emergencies, including the hurricanes that occurred in 2005 and 2006 in Florida and along the Gulf Coast. He has extensive experience in developing and implementing complex interagency policies, procedures, organizational approaches, training, and exercises relating to the WMD and Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) programs. On behalf of HHS, he managed the emergency response planning for national special security events, including the 2004 Olympic Games in Greece, the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, and the 2005 Presidential Inauguration.
"Mr. Blitzer's expertise in providing critical national emergency response policy input while working closely with associates within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Homeland Security Council (HSC), as well as his extensive experience working on complex national plans and policy matters, make him an instrumental asset to the continued expansion of the firm's capabilities in emergency prevention and preparedness strategy," says Michael Byrne, a senior vice president in Homeland Security at ICF.
In his new role, Mr. Blitzer will fulfill the mission of the firm's clients by assisting with ICF's work in pandemic counterintelligence—working to identify future needs to ensure continuity in emergency preparedness and playing a key leadership role in planning for responses to epidemics as well as other disasters.
Mr. Blitzer said today upon joining the ICF team, "I have dedicated both my law enforcement and public health careers to emergency preparedness in order to reduce America's susceptibility to terrorism, natural disasters, and epidemics; it is a privilege to have the opportunity to apply my expertise to assist the firm's clients in implementing programs vital to the nation's safety and security.”