Jeffrey Ringel, Director at The Soufan Group, is a 21-year veteran of the FBI. He spent most of his career in the FBI’s New York Field office (NYO), where he conducted both criminal and terrorism investigations. He also served as the NYO’s Crisis Management Coordinator (CMC), responsible for the rapid deployment and operation of the NYO’s response elements. Mr. Ringel was a squad supervisor and rose to the rank of Coordinating Supervisory Special Agent (CSSA) for the NYO Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) Extra-territorial branch.
Mr. Ringel was a member of the NYO JTTF for 15 years. Following the 9/11 attacks he was transferred from the Violent Crime Branch to the NYO JTTF. In 2013, he was selected to be the Supervisory Special Agent for the squad responsible for investigations involving al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL). In July 2015, after a six-month assignment as the FBI advisor to the Commanding Officer, Special Operations Command, Central Command (SOCCENT), Mr. Ringel was selected as the Coordinating Supervisory Special Agent for the NYO JTTF’s extra-territorial (ET) branch. From there, he coordinated the investigative activity of six ET squads responsible with those of other U.S. government agencies and our foreign partners in Western Europe, Canada, and the continent of Africa.
Mr. Ringel has extensive overseas experience working with numerous U.S. government and host country agencies. Mr. Ringel’s deployments include assignments in Yemen, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Afghanistan. From 2002 through 2010, Mr. Ringel had seven long-term deployments to Afghanistan, where he collaborated closely with Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community (IC) agencies, along with host nation law enforcement, on a range of issues. In 2007, he was on the initial joint FBI/DoD team that developed a program to locate and dismantle Taliban Improvised Explosive Device (IED) teams operating in Kabul. These efforts resulted in the discovery and dismantlement of several Taliban teams and saved countless American and Afghan lives. In 2010, when he was the Assistant Legal Attaché (ALAT) in Kabul, he was instrumental in developing a Rule of Law program for the Afghan legal system. His efforts in Afghanistan resulted in him being awarded the 2012 CIA’s BG Richard T. Ellis Award for Excellence in HUMINT Collaboration award, as well as the 2015 FBI Director’s Award for Excellence.
Mr. Ringel also served as the FBI NYO’s Crisis Management Coordinator (CMC) from 2011 through 2013. As CMC, Mr. Ringel was responsible for the training, deployment, and performance of the NYO’s emergency response teams. He also planned and supervised the Command Post operations of more than a dozen planned and impromptu Command Posts.
Mr. Ringel was a member of the New York Office SWAT teams for eleven years. As a SWAT operator he deployed overseas to Tanzania and Yemen to provide security for forward deployed JTTF members. In the U.S., he participated in the search for Eric Rudolph in North Carolina as well as in numerous high-risk arrests of violent criminals.
Mr. Ringel is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He was commissioned an officer in the United States Marine Corps where he reached the rank of Major. He served as a Cobra Attack Helicopter pilot for HMLA 269, New River, North Carolina. During Desert Storm, Mr. Ringel served as the Air Officer for 1st Battalion 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division in Kuwait.