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Mr. Warren L. Keithley Jr. is currently serving as the Acting Executive Director for Law Enforcement (EDLE), Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA). He is the principle advisor to the PFPA Director on law enforcement and force protection matters for the Pentagon Reservation, the Raven Rock Mountain Complex and numerous DoD leased facilities within the National Capital Region (NCR).
He establishes policies and oversees operations for Threat Management, Pentagon Police, and Emergency Management, to include investigations, high risk personnel protection, and intelligence/counterintelligence. He is the focal point for coordination with DoD Components, Executive Departments and Agencies, and state and local partners on matters involving law enforcement, force protection and activities that impact Pentagon Facilities.
Mr. Keithley has also served as the Director for Threat Management, PFPA, which he began in June 2021. In this capacity, he oversaw the agency’s Investigations & Intelligence Division, Protective Services Division, and Antiterrorism Force Protection Division. Within those elements, he guides the agency's criminal investigations, intelligence, counterintelligence, surveillance detection, insider threat, protective operations, special events, and antiterrorism programs.
Mr. Keithley joined the Pentagon Force Protection Agency in November 2014, as Director, Antiterrorism/Force Protection where he provided the full range of antiterrorism (AT) force protection services including AT Risk Assessments, AT Program Reviews, Random Antiterrorism Measure management, AT Engineering Project Review and Post Higher Headquarters Assessment mitigation efforts to the Pentagon Reservation and DOD occupied facilities within the NCR.
Mr. Keithley served nearly 37 years in the United States Air Force as a Security Forces Officer with extensive experience in Vulnerability/Risk Assessments, DOD law enforcement, physical security, antiterrorism, force protection planning, and programming and budget execution. He commanded three Security Forces Squadrons and a deployed Deputy, Group Commander at Balad Air Base, Iraq. He commanded Det 1, 1100 Security Police Squadron later renamed the 1101st Security Police Squadron in the Pentagon (HQ USAF Security Force) from 1990-1994 just after 18 months as the OIC, Law Enforcement at Bolling AFB, Washington DC. From 2000-2003 he commanded the 75th Security Forces Squadron, Hill AFB Utah where he supported the 2002 Winter Olympics in the Salt Lake City area and then commanded the 55th Security Forces Squadron, Offutt AFB, NE from 2003-2005 where his unit successfully installed a new state of the art intrusion detection system providing protection for our nation’s nuclear command and control platforms. Prior to command, Mr. Keithley completed tours in nuclear security at Minot and Grand Forks Air Force Bases where he also deployed as the Security Police Operations Officer to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia immediately in the aftermath of the Khobar Towers bombing. He completed a headquarters tour at Air Force Materiel Command where he was the Command OPSEC Program Manager and action officer for AT/FP. He later served in Turkey as a NATO Tac Eval Force Protection Branch Chief conducting assessments across Southern Europe. He was selected as the Chief, Programming Branch on the Air Staff and ensured the POM was prepared for the Directorate of Security Forces and secured funding to refresh intrusion detection systems across the nuclear enterprise. In addition, he advocated for and garnered overseas contingency funding for deployed Security Forces, enhancing their ability to defeat the enemy. Later Mr. Keithley served as the US Forces Korea Chief, AT/FP and Critical Infrastructure Program (J-34). Over the next two years Mr. Keithley served as a JSIVA Team Chief conducting 34 JSIVAs and Capability Assurance Assessments world-wide across DoD installations. He culminated his military career as the Chief, Operations and Nuclear Support Assessments Division, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. In this capacity he led a Division of ~150 personnel in three branches including the Joint Staff Integrated Vulnerability Assessment (JSIVA) Branch, DoD Red Team Branch and Balanced Survivability Assessment Branch.
Mr. Keithley’ s military awards include the Defense Superior Service Award, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), Air Force Meritorious Service Medal (5 OLC), Air Force Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Air Force Achievement Medal (2 OLC), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (4 OLC), Air Force Good Conduct Medal (1 OLC), National Defense Service Medal (1 SS), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (2 SS), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal and the Air Force Expeditionary Service Medal with Gold Border.
Mr. Keithley earned a Bachelor Degree from the University System of New Hampshire with concentration in Management and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Strayer University.