Michael Bernacki

Michael Bernacki served for 30 years with the FBI, more than half of that time in management positions, and specializes in physical surveillance, special operations, crisis management, negotiations, white-collar crime, counterintelligence, counter-terrorism and criminal profile.

Mike managed and developed highly technical and investigative programs through a succession of leadership positions with the Bureau, culminating in a Senior Executive Service (SES) position in the FBI’s Investigative Technology Division. In the SES role, Mike managed a staff spanning a broad spectrum of technical security, physical and technical surveillance, surreptitious entry technologies.

Mike directed and developed the FBI’s strategic and implementation plans for court ordered technical interceptions. He also directed and managed biometrics access control, lock, alarm, countermeasures and security intrusion detection programs.

His list of accomplishments during his distinguished career included —

  • direction and responsibility for investigative components of the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, including two Behavioral Analysis Profiling Units, Child Abduction Serial Murder Investigative Resource Center, Violent Criminal Apprehension Program and the Threat Analysis Group
  • direction and responsibility for operational components of the Crisis Management Unit, Crisis Negotiation Unit, Aviation Special Operations Unit and the Rapid Deployment Logistics Unit
  • direction and responsibility for the United States Attorney General’s Security Protection Detail (Special Detail Unit)
  • oversight as National Program Manager for the FBI’s Special Agent Physical Surveillance Teams, Special Operations Group (SOG)
  • direction of national initiatives in support of surveillance operations to include tracking, tagging, electro optic, aviation and training
  • direction and management of national surveillance resources on all major cases
  • direction and management the Special Surveillance Group assigned to National Security and Counterintelligence matters

Mike has a bachelor of arts in political science from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, and a bachelor of science in accounting from the University of Virginia in Crystal City, VA. He also holds certificates in the Innovative Leadership Program from the Fuqua School of Business Executive Education at Duke University and the Leading Strategic Change from the Executive Program of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.