Charles E. Allen

Charles E. Allen

Homeland Security Group Member, Principal, The Chertoff Group

The Honorable Charles E. Allen is a Partner at the Chertoff Group, a risk management and security consulting company headquartered in Washington, DC. At the Chertoff Group, Mr. Allen focuses on intelligence program management, analysis and production; intelligence collection management; system acquisition and warning intelligence.

At the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Allen developed the department’s intelligence architecture, integrated its intelligence activities and ensured that they were continuously aligned with the department’s evolving priorities. He also accelerated and expanded the department’s processes for sharing intelligence with state and local security and law enforcement officials. During his more than 40 years at the CIA, he advanced to positions of increasing managerial responsibility, serving the last seven years of his career at the Agency as the principal adviser to the Director of Central Intelligence on collection issues. Mr. Allen became as much a legend as a respected senior official. On collection management, he revolutionized the way the various national intelligence agencies coordinate and target their activities. In the same vein, he chaired the National Intelligence Collection Board, which united all intelligence agencies under common collection strategies. He also served as CIA’s National Intelligence Officer for Warning, Director of the National Warning Staff, National Intelligence Officer for Counterterrorism and Deputy Chief for Intelligence of CIA’s Counterterrorism Center. He also directed the DCI Hostage Location Task Force, which focused on locating American hostages held by Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Mr. Allen is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and a distinguished graduate of the Air War College; he also did graduate studies at Auburn University. He is a member of the Aspen Homeland Security Group