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Charlie Phalen

National Background Investigations Bureau
Spring 2019 Joint NDIA/AIA Industrial Security Conference

Charles S. Phalen, Jr. is the Director of the National Background Investigations Bureau, an organizational element of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. In this role, he leads a government-wide organization providing investigations for national security, suitability, and credentialing determinations for more than 100 federal agencies.

In his previous position, Mr. Phalen was Vice President of Corporate Security for Northrop Grumman Corporation and led the security organization responsible for overseeing the security policies, procedures and processes that protect company employees, information and property worldwide.

Prior to that, Mr. Phalen spent 30 years in the federal service. His most recent government positions include Director of Security for the Central Intelligence Agency; Assistant Director, Security Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Chief, Protective Programs Group, CIA Office of Security; Executive Officer, CIA Office of Security; Center Chief, CIA Office of Facilities and Security Services; and Chief, Facilities and Information Security Division, National Reconnaissance Office. Previously, he managed security activities involving investigations, operations support, risk analysis, and facility and asset protection, in the United States and abroad.

Mr. Phalen has a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement and criminology from the University of Maryland. He is a member of the American Society for Industrial Security and is active in a number of external security forums.