Michael T. Uttaro

Mike Uttaro is a senior law enforcement and intelligence professional with extensive knowledge and experience in terrorism, counter-terrorism, and physical security matters. He has conducted extensive research in the area of situational awareness and judgment theory, with particular focus on decision-making under tactical conditions. Mike’s investigational experience, insight into tactical-decision making, and strong academic background ensures that the TOSS curriculum delivers upon the stated learning objectives.

During Mike’s distinguished 30-year career with the FBI, he held various leadership roles. Mike managed the FBI’s Tactical Operation Support Center (TOSC), a national resource utilized by law enforcement and intelligence agencies for the technical collection of evidence intelligence and for providing physical/electronic security on FBI worldwide assets. He managed overall research and development initiatives on vulnerabilities inherent in security devices and systems and oversaw operational deployments.

Mike has conducted, managed and been responsible for more than 4,000 tactical entry operations. Some of his other achievements with the FBI included –

  • management of a 400 percent increase in case support to domestic law enforcement and the intelligence communities resulting from terrorism management of security practices and installations on FBI assets worldwide
  • direction of research, development and supervision of national/international deployments of communication systems collaboration with academia to further U.S. Government (USG) capabilities
  • management of FBI Special Operations – Crisis Response Unit

Earlier in his career, Mike went undercover in operations successfully targeting organized crime members. He holds a Ph.D. in human development from Virginia Tech, a master’s in education from the University of Virginia and a bachelor’s degree in psychology/sociology from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York.