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Dr. Daniel P. Walsh currently serves as the Director of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency. He became the Director on November 21, 2021.
Dr. Walsh is responsible for protecting people, facilities, infrastructure and other resources at the Pentagon Reservation and in DoD-occupied facilities in the National Capital Region. Within this scope, Dr. Walsh exercises the authorities of the Secretary of Defense under 10 U.S.C 2674, “Operation and control of Pentagon Reservation and defense facilities in National Capital Region,” with respect to force protection, security and law enforcement.
PFPA uses a wide range of protection, security and law enforcement capabilities to address the full spectrum of threats and utilizes a balanced approach of comprehensive protective intelligence and counterintelligence analysis; prevention, preparedness, detection; all-hazards response; and DoD emergency management.
He was previously the Acting Director for two years and also the Deputy Director for four years where he was responsible for establishing and implementing the Agency’s strategic security and technology objectives, with a broad Agency portfolio comprised of technology integration programs, information technology, construction management, and security operations.
Dr. Walsh joined the Pentagon Force Protection Agency in 2008 as a scientist in the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives Directorate. He served as the Assistant Director of Security Integration and Technology, the Chief of the Science and Technology Office and as the Special Assistant to the Agency Director.
Prior to the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, he served as a Hazardous Materials and Weapons of Mass Destruction Specialist for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, supervising response and analytical operations for hazardous material incidents throughout the City.
Dr. Walsh received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from New York University and an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of Scranton.