Kurt is Vice President for Risk Management Services at Watermark Risk Management International, LLC headquartered in northern Virginia. He has an extensive background in security that spans international coalition operations to domestic homeland security and infrastructure protection. His career of nearly 30 years as an Air Force officer included flight operations, teaching and instructing, staff assignments at the highest level of the Pentagon and NATO headquarters, as well as command assignments with security, force protection, critical infrastructure protection, emergency response and continuity of operations responsibilities at the senior leader levels. Kurt has extensive crisis response planning and operational experience and leads our continuity of operations practice. Following his military career, Kurt was the senior civil servant overseeing the intelligence fusion center that examined natural and terrorist threats to all national critical infrastructure. He became familiar with a variety of method-ologies to weigh threats, vulnerabilities, and consequences, derive risk and prioritize mitigation strategies in all 18 infrastructure sectors as well as cross-sector inter- dependencies. His organization wrote classified risk assessments of the nation's key assets but also wrote sanitized versions for the private sector which owns and operates 85% of the nation's infrastructure. Before leaving DHS, he directed the unique National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center which gathers large amounts of infrastructure data to model hazards as well as mitigation measures.
Since joining the private sector, Mr Klingenberger has been the emergency management representative on a large vulnerability and risk mitigation team that assessed every Air Force installation in Europe and many in the United States. His reviews covered everything from local area chemical and toxic materials hazards to the suitability of base mass casualty plans. As an expert in business continuity planning/continuity of operations planning, he helps public and private enterprises understand both direct threats as well as local environmental and industrial factors that could indirectly disrupt the enterprise's business. He has been the project manager for a substantial long term risk assessment, mitigation plan, and business continuity plan for the highly complex Port of Hampton Roads. The Risk Mitigation Plan produced by his team was not only one of the first completed in the nation but became a US Coast Guard/FEMA standard. This was followed by a request by stakeholders that he write the port-wide continuity and trade resumption plan with inputs from numerous governments, private concerns, citizens, and federal agencies. Kurt is a community volunteer with the City of Alexandria's Medical Reserve Corps; he also is a member of the City's Citizen Corps Council which coordinates volunteer efforts to prepare, respond, and recover from all hazards. He is the Inspector General of the Civil Air Patrol's National Capital Wing and flies as a mission observer on Search-and-Rescue and homeland security missions. He has a BS from the U.S. Air Force Academy, an MS in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University. He has currently completed 3/4 of the course requirements for the MS in Strategic Intelligence from the National Defense Intelligence College. Kurt is a CHS-III, has completed the requirements for FEMA's Professional Continuity Practitioner certification and is currently completing the requirements for the FEMA Master Continuity Practitioner certificate. He has also completed the requirements as a Certified Business Continuity Professional.