Former FBI Assistant Director; Cybersecurity & Crisis Management
Christopher “Todd” Doss is a Managing Director at Ankura with more than 35 years of experience in law enforcement. Todd is a senior executive with proven ability to lead global security, criminal, counterterrorism, counterintelligence, cyber, and intelligence operations in high-risk, complex environments. He links results-oriented solutions to critical incidents worldwide by partnering and collaborating and builds global teams to effectively address complex and politically challenging investigations. He also develops and presents strategies for effective solutions. He is based in Washington, DC.
Todd’s professional experience includes:
• Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Crime Laboratory: directed large, complex
programs with more than 40 management staff members, 1,100 special agents and professional
personnel, and a more than $100 million budget to provide global, strategic, operational,
investigative, and infrastructure support to the US intelligence and law enforcement
• Established the sole government facility dedicated to researching, manufacturing, testing,
and characterizing homemade explosives and devices. The facility analyzes immediate and
on-the-horizon threats by testing their properties, and then generates authoritative information to
detect and prevent their use by terrorists. The facility works with Transportation Security
Administration to improve airport screening tools.
• Partnered with government agencies, industry, and Congress to develop a rapid DNA
(hands-free) capability to develop a profile from an arrestee in less than
two hours. Created the implementation plan to link these instruments to allow searching of
the Combined DNA Index System from authorized booking stations throughout the US.
• Reduced the FBI Laboratory Division’s budget and staffing by $20 million and 104
positions (15 percent), respectively, while maintaining established productivity levels.
• Designed and implemented the FBI’s Data Integration and
Visualization System, which — for the first time in the FBI’s history
— provided a single sign-on search capability across more than 100 intelligence data sets contained in multiple, disparate systems. Leveraged an agile development approach and strategy to successfully achieve customer buy-in and participation
with the system. DIVS is now the primary data search tool used by the FBI.
• Successfully transitioned the nation’s largest forensic laboratory from a paper-based
evidence and case management process to an electronic system designed to record forensic analysis
throughout the examination life cycle. The effort was phased into operation over a four-year period
and resulted in a significant reduction to the administrative workload of laboratory personnel.
• Led the consolidation of two major enterprise wide data systems used to analyze National
Security intelligence into one system, which resulted in the FBI saving approximately
$10 million and minimizing the risk of overlooking key segments of intelligence.
• Significantly enhanced the sharing of digital media with other USIC partners by implementing
an automated process that met dozens of interagency legal and security requirements and expedited
the sharing of intelligence.
• Developed and implemented a strategy that positioned the Terrorist Explosive Device
and Analytic Center as the single US government center and repository of improvised explosive
devices. He also expanded partner engagement, increasing the number of agencies with
personnel assigned to TEDAC by 50 percent.
• Led the FBI’s strategy and relocation of TEDAC from Quantico to Huntsville. Facilities will
be constructed in four phases; operations were downsized from more than 600 personnel to 265 to
meet current requirements; and approximately 245 personnel relocated to Alabama.
• Deployed hundreds of investigative personnel to conduct extraterritorial and
international investigations around the globe, often resolving complex logistical matters and
diversity in operating environments that were encountered from country to country.
Successfully conducted operations abroad while maintaining the safety and security of all
investigative personnel (e.g., deployed personnel to a Ukrainian war zone to investigate
the Malaysian airliner shot down by a missile).
• Selected twice by the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to serve as the
federal coordinator for the Kentucky Derby; established a federal incident management, security,
and response plan for coordinating communications among federal, state, and local
first responders. Also led the FBI’s federal incident management and security assistance
activities across the spectrum of prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery.
• Led national forensic investigative efforts, deployed staff, and secured financial resources
to support major FBI investigations (e.g., the Boston Marathon bombing, the Washington Navy Yard
attack, Aurora, Colorado, movie theater shooting, San Bernardino attack, Mandalay Bay shooting in
• Ran a program that managed more than 1,500 evidence response team members across the FBI.
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