Ted Macklin 

Executive Advisor Exercise Planning Team

Ted Macklin is a nationally recognized leader in homeland security preparedness, operational response and recovery, and exercise facilitation across the United States at the Federal, state and local levels. Mr. Macklin has over 40 years of experience including 30 years of relevant experience with the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security (DHS), Justice/FBI, Energy and Defense.  His international experience includes facilitating/moderating exercises with Australia, Sweden, Norway, France, the UK, and most recently in Seoul, ROK where he facilitated a multi-day bioterrorism TTX for the US Forces Korea and the ROK Ministry of Defense.  During his 12 years with DHS, he has served as Assistant Director, Office for Domestic Preparedness, and has supported the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Exercise Division (NED) and Response and Recovery Directorate, as well as DHS’ Office of Infrastructure Protection (DHS IP), Office of Health Affairs, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO), the US Coast Guard and US Secret Service. He previously provided similar support to DHS’ Office of Operations Coordination and Planning, Office of the Secretary.


He has facilitated more than 200 discussion-based exercises, from White House (WH) Cabinet-level facilitated discussions and WH-sponsored climate change workshops across the country, to multi-county emergency management exercises, most recently in Fairfax County, VA in preparation for the successful 2015 World Police and Fire Games.  He has extensive experience conducting US Secret Service-led National Special Security Event (NSSE) exercises including the 2016 Republican Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, OH and Democratic Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, PA, the 2014 US-Africa Leaders’ Summit and the 2013 57th Presidential Inauguration both in Washington, D.C.,  the 2012 RNC in Tampa, FL and Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC; the 2012 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit in Chicago, IL; several State of the Union Addresses in Washington, D.C.; and the 2011 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Honolulu, HI.  


Mr. Macklin moderates the ongoing delivery of the highly-regarded Joint Counterterrorism Awareness Workshops (JCTAWS) along with the FBI and the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC).  Currently 22 major city police departments and public safety organizations across the nation have participated, most recently San Diego, CA in February, 2016.  JCTAWS overlays a complex terrorist attack scenario (Paris 2/Mumbai-style) on the host city, and examines the operational coordination of Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS and hospital response to multiple mass casualty incidents.  He facilitates the Senior Command Breakout Group which examines key life-safety decisions made by senior leaders over a 24-hour attack scenario. 


He also served for several months as FEMA’s Operations Section Chief in New Orleans, LA in the immediate aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita landfalls.  Mr. Macklin is a retired U.S. Navy Officer, having served in the Naval Special Warfare (SEAL) and Surface Warfare (SWO) communities. He is a graduate of The College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, and received an MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.