The United States Intelligence Community

The United States Intelligence Community

Phil Pulaski has 38 years of law enforcement experience and served for 34 years in the New York City Police Department (NYPD). During 2014, Phil Pulaski retired as the NYPD’s Chief of Detectives where he was responsible for 3,600 personnel including 2,900 detectives. Phil Pulaski also has extensive counterterrorism, intelligence and counterintelligence national security experience having served as commanding officer of the NYPD’s Intelligence Division, Counterterrorism Bureau and FBI/NYPD Joint Terrorist Task Force for more than 6 years. In the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Phil Pulaski managed the NYPD’s counterterrorism and weapons of mass destruction operations. Phil Pulaski and his NYPD team of detectives worked closely with members of the United States Intelligence Community including the Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Energy and Department of Defense.

The United States Intelligence Community (IC) is comprised of 17 government agencies including the newly created United States Space Force. The agencies that are members of the IC work both separately and jointly to conduct intelligence activities. The mission of the IC is to collect, analyze, and deliver foreign intelligence and counterintelligence informationto America’s leaders to assist them in protecting the United States both in the homeland and abroad. The IC’s customers include the president, senior government policy makers, law enforcement and the military.

The Prior to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in NYC and the Pentagon in Washington DC, the head of the IC was the Director of Central Intelligence. However in 2004, congress passed the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act and created the position of Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to serve as head of the IC and direct the National Intelligence Program. The DNI is a member of the President’s cabinet and also serves as intelligence advisor to the  President’s National Security Council. President George W. Bush strengthened the role of the DNI on July 30, 2008 with Executive Order 13470 that solidified the DNI’s authority to set goals for intelligence gathering and analysis, establish policy for the sharing of intelligence with foreign agencies and promulgate guidelines for the hiring and firing of senior intelligence officials. 

Article 12 – National Special Security Event (NSSE)

Phil Pulaski has 38 years of law enforcement experience, including more than 33 years with the New York City Police Department (NYPD). Phil Pulaski retired during 2014 as NYPD’s Chief of Detectives, where he successfully managed scores of major investigations including murdered police officers, serial killers, civilian deaths resulting from police action, multiple victim homicides, missing persons, mass casualty incidents and pattern sex assaults. Immediately following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, Phil Pulaski led the NYPD’s counterterrorism and intelligence efforts as commanding officer of the FBI/NYPD Joint Terrorist Task Force, the NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau and the NYPD Intelligence Division.

During the 2006 United Nations General Assembly, Phil Pulaski was responsible for the NYPD dignitary protection program, and managed the dignitary protection detail that included the daily deployment of 1,000 detectives. He was also responsible for planning, risk assessment and security regarding numerous special events in NYC including the US Tennis Open, Major League Baseball Playoff and World Series games, US Navy Fleet Week, New Year’s Eve Times Square event, July 4th Macy’s Fireworks display and large demonstrations and parades. Phil Pulaski worked closely with the FBI, US Secret Service, US Department of State, US Department of Homeland Security, US Department of Defense, US Department of Energy, US Centers for Disease Control and several foreign security services. Phil Pulaski also participated in the management of the September 2004 Republican National Convention in Madison Square Garden, a National Special Security Event (NSSE).

A NSSE is an event of national or international significance deemed by the United States Department of Homeland Security to be a potential target for terrorism or other criminal activity. These events have included summits of world leaders, meetings of international organizations, presidential nominating conventions and presidential inaugurations. NSSE designation requires federal agencies to provide full cooperation and support to ensure the safety and security of those participating in or otherwise attending the event and the community within which the event takes place. The NSSE designation is typically limited to specified event sites for a specific limited time frame.

The NYPD is the lead local and state agency for NSSEs occurring within New York City and works closely with federal law enforcement, counterterrorism and intelligence agencies. For the federal government, the United States Secret Service is the the lead agency in charge of the planning, coordination, and implementation of security operations for the event. The FBI is responsible for intelligence, counterterrorism and investigation of major criminal activities associated with the event. NSSE designation is not a funding mechanism, and currently there is no specific federal “pot of money” to be distributed to state and local governments within whose jurisdiction an NSSE take place.

US Department of Homeland Security National Incident Management System (Phil Pulaski Crisis and Mass Casualty Event Management experience)

During March 2014, Phil Pulaski retired as Chief of Detectives of the NYPD with more than 33 years of law enforcement experience including 22 years of executive experience managing patrol, investigative, counterterrorism, community affairs and other public safety operations. As Chief Detectives, Phil Pulaski was responsible for more than 3,600 personnel who, during 2013, investigated more than 256,000 felony and misdemeanor crimes (including 335 homicides), and arrested more than 39,000 offenders. Additionally, during Phil Pulaski’s career in the NYPD, he participated in the management of numerous crises and mass casualty incidents including bombings, terrorist attacks, building collapses, aircraft/train/ferry-boat/bus crashes, citywide power outages, explosions, hazardous materials incidents, hostage situations and high-threat apprehensions.

When Phil Pulaski was designated commanding officer of the Counterterrorism Bureau, NYPD Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly chose him to lead the NYPD’s crisis management efforts and to bring the NYPD into compliance with the United States (US) National Incident Management System (NIMS). Phil Pulaski was also tasked with writing the NYPD’s 330 page “Citywide Incident Management System” (CIMS) crisis management manual. He also taught 1 day training sessions regarding CIMS and incident management to 800 NYPD command staff personnel in the rank of captain through Assistant Chief.

NIMS is a standardized approach to incident management developed by the US Department of Homeland Security. The program was established in March 2004 in response to Homeland Security Presidential Directive – 5 issued by President George W. Bush on February 28, 2003. NIMS is intended to facilitate coordination between all responders at the scene of a natural or man-made disaster or mass casualty event including terrorist attacks. The NIMS standard crisis management structure is based on 4 key organizational concepts: Incident Command System, Emergency Operations Center, Multiagency Coordination Group and Joint Information Management System.

Pace Law School

Phil Pulaski served in the New York City Police Department (NYPD) for more than 33 years, and retired as Chief of Detectives where he was responsible for 3,600 personnel. He was sworn in as an NYPD Police Officer in September 1980 after he earned a Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s University School of Law at night and passed the New York State Bar Exam. Following his retirement from the NYPD, Phil Pulaski received a Master of Laws (LLM) advanced law degree from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law School. While studying for his LLM degree, he maintained a 4.0 GPA and graduated summa cum laude. Additionally, Phil Pulaski is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Recently, Phil Pulaski became an adjunct professor of law at Pace University Law School and will teach an advanced criminal law seminar in the Spring 2021 semester.

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