Coursen Security Group
Coursen Security Group
Expert advice on how to return to normalcy after a breach of safety.

Threat Assessment

Protective Intelligence

Vulnerability Reduction

Coursen Security Group is a premier threat management consulting firm providing expert advice on how to return to normalcy after a breach of safety.


CLIENTS include:

News Organizations

Schools & Universities

Business & Corporations

Charities & Organizations

Private Families

Public Figures



Spencer Coursen is a nationally recognized threat management consultant with an exceptional record of success in the assessment, management, and resolution of threats, domestic and global security operations, investigations, policy authorship, and protective strategy.



Over the course of his diverse career, Mr. Coursen has planned, executed and led close protection details for dignitaries, heads of state, boards of directors, CEOs, celebrities, media, and public figures on more than 300 international trips to 163 different countries. He has extensive international exposure, including the provision of close protection and threat assessment to clients in high-risk environments throughout Africa, Asia, Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East.

In addition to his experience in leading close protection details, Mr. Coursen has extensive experience in developing systems and strategies to better assess and manage risks for clients, advising clients on the assessment, management, and profiling of potentially violent persons and situations, and maintaining a wide range of intra and interagency coordination.

After earning a B.A. in psychology and sociology, Mr. Coursen served in the US Army, where he was a graduate of the U.S. Army Airborne School and the U.S. Army Ranger School. By the end of his Army career, Mr. Coursen had helped to plan and lead more than 80 combat missions throughout the Middle East, often times working closely with the Australian Special Air Service, U.S. Special Forces, and agencies of the U.S. Government.

With an honorable discharge from the United States Army, Spencer Coursen served with distinction as a State Department sponsored and sworn Special Deputy United States Marshal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF.) In this role he was directly responsible for the safety and security of two consecutive IMF Managing Directors and their executive management teams. These responsibilities included daily protective coverage, residential and headquarter security, and coordination with host government authorities for all domestic and international travel — including security site surveys, investigations into threats, and the securing of major events attended by world leaders (G6, G7, G8, G20.)

Mr. Coursen was next Deputy Director of the Protective Services Division at Gavin de Becker & Associates, where he worked closely with clients to design and execute services best suited to their specific needs. During this time, Mr. Coursen conducted and oversaw investigations into suspected criminal activity, asset loss, property damage, personal injury, and alleged employee misconduct. He was also responsible for determining the need and managing the design, procurement, and installation, of protective systems and strategies required at the residences and offices of clients.

With this extensive knowledge in hand, Mr. Coursen founded Coursen Security Group which offers threat assessment, vulnerability reduction, and protective intelligence services to help his clients employ effective strategies designed to reduce risk, prevent violence, and ensure the certainty of safety and security for everyone involved.

 Spencer Coursen. Afghanistan / Pakistan border. (2002)

Spencer Coursen. Afghanistan / Pakistan border. (2002)



Our staff receives hundreds of threats, vulgar comments, and inappropriate messages via email, social media, and hand-written letters on a monthly basis. Coursen Security’s threat management process is instrumental in helping our leadership team to differentiate those who intend to harm our staff from those who simply want to disrupt our efforts. Mr. Coursen not only assesses each individual submission, but he keeps a very thorough matrix of all historic concerns that provides invaluable insight. He routinely provides fact-based feedback on the realistic risk our staff is most likely to face, and then provides practical solutions for keeping everyone safe. Coursen Security gives our entire team the confidence they need to remove worry from their work, which allows us to focus on the task at hand.

Mr. Coursen is a true professional who will conduct a thorough review of your company and then provide practical and sustainable recommendations to improve your safety and security needs. We continually use Coursen Security Group for all of our risk assessment and threat management needs.

What began as an event with an expected attendance of 25,000 grew to one attended by hundreds of thousands. If it was not for Spencer’s meticulous planning and his security strategy, I can say with confidence that our event would have not only been a disaster, but one that resulted in loss of life. …He prepared us for every “what if” imaginable so when the Washington Mall was overwhelmed with guests, our team was able to focus on the show as we knew our safety and that of the audience was in good hands.

Our initial assignment together involved managing the protection of a high profile international financier. This particular individual was under intense media scrutiny at the time, and also the target of very real physical security threats. Mr. Coursen served as his primary close protection officer and led a team of five protection officers, including an advance scout team, and two logistical officers. Mr. Coursen always demonstrated control over his surroundings, while remaining unobtrusive from his client’s perspective. His conduct instilled confidence in the people he worked for and in the people who worked for him.

I have observed Spencer lead and train others and I have seen him in stressful and casual times and have always been impressed with his professionalism and the pride he takes in his work. I have observed his detail interact with children and adults at the same time. This ability to adapt is very important and one that Spencer excels in.

Mr. Coursen is a former Army Ranger and highly decorated combat veteran. He is an exemplary security professional, a patriot of the highest order, and exactly the right person to have advising you in an emergency.

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