Courtney Banks Spaeth is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Nat'l Security Associates WorldWide (NSAWW) and one of the nation's foremost experts in homeland and national security and business development.
As CEO, Ms. Spaeth sets a focused strategic direction for the firm and has been the driving force behind its tremendous growth. Since establishing NSAWW, she has methodically assembled a senior leadership team that represents a combined eighteen decades of public service and business experience working in intelligence, defense, transportation and border security, preparedness and response, and law enforcement. Her clients include Lockheed Martin, Siemens, Serco, Keane and many other Fortune 500 corporations.
Ms. Spaeth's experience prior to founding NSAWW spans the public and private homeland/national security sectors – from the White House and Department of Justice, to the world's largest defense contractors.
Previously, Ms. Spaeth served as Vice President of Homeland Security for Raytheon Company where she developed the company's homeland security business in North America, the Middle East, Eastern and Western Europe, and Asia. In less than two years, her efforts resulted in the growing of Raytheon's homeland security revenues, resulting in winning over $2 billion USD in new work.
Prior to joining Raytheon, Ms. Spaeth served as Director of Homeland Systems Solutions for Lockheed Martin. In this capacity Ms. Spaeth built strategic relationships with other corporations to develop and market homeland security/homeland defense solutions. Under Ms. Spaeth's leadership, these business alliances won more than $3 billion USD of new business. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Ms. Spaeth served as an independent national security consultant to the federal government and private corporations.
In 2000, President Clinton appointed Ms. Spaeth to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations /Low Intensity Conflict, where she served as the Assistant in Charge of Global Terrorism Issues in the anti-terrorism directorate. Prior to this appointment Ms. Spaeth also served as the program manager for the Inter Agency Response Awareness Program for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations /Low Intensity Conflict in the counter-terrorism directorate.
Before serving the Clinton administration, she acted as the Director of Force Health Protection for the Gulf War Illness Task Force in the Department of Defense, in which capacity she also served as a subject matter expert on combat stress management. She also worked in the Department of Justice in the Antitrust Criminal Division and for the Office of Chief Counsel in the White House.
Ms. Spaeth appears regularly in national and trade media, to include being profiled in Business Week, the Washington Business Journal, Town and Country magazine, CBS news, etc., and is a sought after speaker on national security and business issues. She serves on the ASIS Council for Combatting Terrorism, Violence and Political Instability and is a member of many other industry associations. She is avidly involved in community service and served as the Chair of the 2010 Hope for the Warriors "Got Heart Give Hope" annual black tie gala, as well as on the 2010 Host Committee for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) Annual Golf Tournament. Additionally, she enjoys an active role in supporting emerging technologies and serves on the Board of Advisors for AtmosAir Solutions, a U.S. company in the environmental space based out of Fairfield, Connecticut.
Most recently, Ms. Spaeth was a Finalist for the 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women award and was the 2010 winner of the "Heroines in Technology" AFCEA/March of Dimes Award. She was invited to participate in the 2010 Washington Ideas Forum, an event hosted by The Atlantic, and she served as a panelist on their "Future of Warfare" featured discussion. Ms. Spaeth was also named as a "Rising Star" in the 2009 class of "Women Who Mean Business" by the Washington Business Journal. She has guest lectured at many colleges and universities and is published on the subject of Agro-Terrorism.
Ms. Spaeth holds a MA in National Security Studies from Georgetown University and a BA, with honors, in Military History from the University of Pennsylvania. She resides with her family in the metro Washington, D.C. area.