Martin Reardon is a Vice President of The Soufan Group. A 21-year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Mr. Reardon has extensive experience in the operational management and direction of complex counterterrorism and criminal investigations, both in the U.S. and internationally.
Prior to joining The Soufan Group, Mr. Reardon served as Chief of the FBI's 24/7 Terrorist Screening Operations Center, where he oversaw the worldwide management of encounters with known and suspected terrorists. In that role he worked closely with the U.S. intelligence and law enforcement community, as well as international partners, to positively identify the known and suspected terrorists through the use of multiple biographic and biometric databases.
As a program manager in the FBI's Counterterrorism Division, he coordinated the efforts of multiple field offices in their investigations of identified terrorists operating within the United States. He also oversaw a long term, multi-agency, undercover operation overseas targeting facilitators of a known terrorist organization involved in manufacture of improvised explosive devices, weapons smuggling, and money laundering.
During his FBI career, Mr. Reardon was posted overseas for more than six years. In 2002 and 2003, he was detailed to Pakistan and Jordan to assist with several counterterrorism investigations. As an Assistant Legal Attaché in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from 2003-2005, he led the FBI's extraterritorial effort in a number of high profile joint counterterrorism investigations with their Saudi Arabian counterparts – most notably the 2003 al Qaeda attacks in Al Khobar (which resulted in the murder of more than two dozen people); the 2004 al Qaeda assault on the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah; and the 2005 arrest and extradition of an al Qaeda operative who was subsequently prosecuted in the U.S. for conspiring to assassinate the President. From 2006-2009, Mr. Reardon served as the FBI's first Legal Attaché in Doha, Qatar, working closely with his host country counterparts to address national security and law enforcement issues of mutual interest.
Mr. Reardon spent his first twelve years with the FBI in the Hickory, North Carolina Resident Agency, where he directed a number of high profile bank robbery, fugitive, kidnapping, drug trafficking, and homicide investigations. Between 1995 and 1996, he oversaw the nationwide manhunt for FBI Top Ten Fugitive Ricky Allen Bright, who was subsequently captured, tried and convicted for the kidnapping and brutal rape of a nine-year-old girl. He also supervised a multi-agency drug task force that led the FBI's North Carolina office in indictments, seizures, arrests and convictions from 1999-2003.
Mr. Reardon is an experienced tactical operator, having spent eleven years as a sniper team leader, tracker, and rappel master for the FBI's North Carolina SWAT team. He is also a certified crime scene specialist and police instructor.
Before his career with the FBI, Mr. Reardon served as a Marine Corps field artillery officer for twelve years, with extensive service in Asia. He is a 1979 graduate of The Citadel, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and 2010 graduate of the U.S. Naval War College, where he received a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies while on sabbatical from the FBI.