Experience in Counter-Terrorism, Crisis Management & Forensics

Murra Building Oklahoma City terrorist making bomb Pan Am bombing

TOP. Few people who were not there have an appreciation of the scope of devastation caused by the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building. This photograph, taken just hours after the explosion clearly depicts the damage done and brings to the fore the effort needed to carry out search and rescue and gathering of evidence in a safe and coordinated way.

MIDDLE. In his FBI career Mr. Hahn led an investigation that located and penetrated the first active terrorist safe house found in America. This photograph, taken from a video feed of a discreet camera inside the safe house, depicts two of the terrorists engaged in building firing circuits for improvised explosive devices (IEDs). This evidence, gathered under a Federal Court order, led to the arrest and conviction of these conspirators. Mr. Hahn received the Attorney General's Distinguished Service award for his work in counter-terrorism in this case.

BOTTOM. Mr. Hahn was among the U.S. investigators who responded to the bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988. Mr. Hahn provided training to Scottish police and assisted in processing materials from the aircraft cargo hold in search of evidence of the bombing.

R. Hahn & Company is a provider of consulting services and training in the field of counter-terrorism and explosives, as well as general investigative services. Unlike many companies claiming to have expertise in counter-terrorism or Homeland Security issues, R. Hahn & Company has real experience in counter-terrorism, crisis management and forensics.

Founder Richard S. Hahn served in the FBI for thirty-two years working domestic and international terrorism investigations and serving a 6 year tour as an explosives specialist in the FBI Laboratory. His experiences include identifying and penetrating the first active terrorist safe house found in America, to management of the crisis crime scene at the bombing of the Murrah Federal Office Building in Oklahoma City.

R. Hahn & Company is registered in the Department of Defense Central Contractor Registry.

R. Hahn & Company
P.O. Box 299, Seal Beach CA 90740


R. Hahn & Company has authored training curriculum in counter-terrorism and explosives related investigations for the U. S. Department of State - Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program and has provided training through this program to foreign students from a variety of countries including Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Pakistan and the Philippines.

Security and Vulnerability Assessments

R. Hahn & Company has served as the primary security and counter-terrorism consultant to major public utilities conducting vulnerability assessments and conceptual design of security systems.

General Investigation

In addition to these specialized fields, R. Hahn & Company provides litigation support through investigative services to law firms in southern California.


R. Hahn & Company maintains a network of experts in a variety of forensic fields including Explosives, Improvised Explosive Devices, Crime Scene Processing, Photography and other specialties.

Terrorist forensic investigation

Examination of materials from the cargo hold of the aircraft led to discovery of key evidence in the form of fragments of circuit board that were recovered with and embedded in clothing from luggage on board.

Detailed Resume of Richard S. Hahn

Current Position

Mr. Hahn is President of R. Hahn & Company, Inc., an investigative and security consulting corporation. Mr. Hahn also works as an instructor and lecturer for various U.S. Government agencies including the U.S. Department of State.


Mr. Hahn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from De Paul University, Chicago, Illinois (1973) and a Master of Science degree in Safety, Security and Emergency Management from Eastern Kentucky University (2013). He has also attended several U. S. Government courses in explosives, terrorism, counterintelligence and management. He also attended immersion language training and is fluent in Spanish.

Employment Summary

Mr. Hahn is a 32 year veteran of the FBI. During his FBI Career he specialized in Foreign Counter intelligence and terrorism investigations, and was called on to direct multi-agency crisis response to major terrorism events in the U. S. Following his FBI career, Mr. Hahn worked as a security manager for Brink's Incorporated, conducting internal investigations and managing security and loss prevention programs. In the wake of events of September 11th, 2001, Mr. Hahn founded R. Hahn & Company, Inc. The company has served as the primary security consultant to water, power and port industries. Mr. Hahn also is a regular terrorism analyst and commentator for cable news station MSNBC.

Employment History - Details

April 1967 - September 1974: Mr. Hahn began his career with the FBI in Chicago as a clerical employee engaged in general office and minor investigative duties. Mr. Hahn simultaneously completed his college education and military obligation in the U.S. Army Reserves. In August, 1973 Mr. Hahn was appointed as a Special Agent of the FBI. Following training at the FBI Academy, Mr. Hahn was assigned to the Little Rock, Arkansas FBI office conducting general criminal investigations.

September 1974 - July 1977: Reassigned to New York City, Mr. Hahn became involved in investigations of the more than 24 bombings conducted by the Puerto Rican terrorist group FALN during this period. It was the beginning of a career-long involvement in terrorism cases. He served as the case agent for several of the cases and worked extensively with the New York City police.

August 1977 - December 1980: Following a five month Spanish language immersion course, Mr. Hahn was assigned to San Juan Puerto Rico where he continued investigation of the FALN and other Puerto Rican terrorist groups. During this period Mr. Hahn served as the FBI coordinator and case agent for some 62 bombing events on the island and the infamous attack on a bus carrying Navy personnel at Sabana Seca, Puerto Rico, in which two Navy enlisted personnel were killed by terrorists.

January 1981 - September 1987: Voluntarily leaving San Juan, Mr. Hahn was assigned to the FBI's Chicago Division where he was assigned to Foreign Counterintelligence and Domestic Terrorism investigations. He specialized in intelligence cases involving suspect operatives of Iraq and Iran, as well as continuing to specialize in Latin American domestic terrorism. In response to continued threats of violence from the FALN Mr. Hahn established an ad-hoc task force with Chicago Police, Illinois State Police and U. S. Secret Service. Serving as its chief coordinator, Mr. Hahn directed the activities of up to 120 law enforcement personnel during various investigations. Under Mr. Hahn's direction, the task force succeeded in locating and penetrating the first active terrorist safe house found in the U. S. This resulted in the identification of previously unknown terrorists and preventing a variety of planned acts of violence. Mr. Hahn prepared scores of wiretap affidavits and participated in lengthy prosecutions of terrorists. In 1984 the Task Force was recognized as a valuable law enforcement entity and was formalized, making it the second formal Joint Terrorism Task Force in the nation.

October 1987 - September 1993: Mr. Hahn became a Supervisory Special Agent and examiner in the FBI Laboratory Explosives Unit. In this capacity he conducted on-scene investigations of attacks against U.S. interests in Europe, Britain, Central America and South America, including such notable cases as the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. He also served as an instructor in explosives and terrorism matters at FBI and CIA sponsored schools and as a forensic coordinator for a State Department program. Mr. Hahn served as the crime scene manager at the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, directing the activities of Federal, state and local investigators.

September 1993 - January 1999: Mr. Hahn served as the Senior Supervisory Agent in Long Beach, California. He was responsible for all FBI programs in an operational area that included Long Beach and Los Angeles Harbors, 27 cities in southern Los Angeles County, and a population of approximately 3 million people.

February 1999 - June 2001: Following retirement from the FBI, Mr. Hahn worked independently as a private investigator. In April of 2000 Mr. Hahn entered the corporate security arena as the Regional Security Manager of Brink's Incorporated, west coast division. In addition to handling theft and embezzlement investigations, Mr. Hahn's responsibilities included conducting risk assessments for vehicle routes and employee walking routes in and out of cash pickup locations as part of the security and loss prevention programs in his region.

July 2001 - Present: Mr. Hahn returned to self employment and following the events of September 11th, 2001 founded R. Hahn & Company, Inc., a company specializing in investigation and security consulting for the corporate world. The company has served scores of clients in a diverse array of investigations and consulting services. Among the better known clients served are the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the Port of San Diego. Since 2006 Mr. Hahn has also served as an instructor and team leader in the State Department's Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program, providing training in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia and the Philippines. Mr. Hahn has appeared as a Terrorism Analyst and Commentator for MSNBC News.

Special Project Experience

1992 - Mr. Hahn served in El Salvador as U.S. Project Coordinator to the United Nations Office to El Salvador, in a project to establish a civilian police force in El Salvador. This project was conducted jointly with authorities from El Salvador and Spain.

1993 - Mr. Hahn served as the crime scene manager at the bombing of the World Trade Center, New York City, coordinating the activities of numerous law enforcement agencies, construction/demolition personnel and investigative efforts.

1995 - Mr. Hahn served as the crime scene manager at the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, coordinating efforts of State, Federal and local law enforcement, search and rescue, medical services and construction/demolition.

1998, Mr. Hahn led an 8-person delegation to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to review major bombings which had occurred there in 1992 and 1994.


Mr. Hahn has been the recipient of the following Awards:
The U.S. Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award - 1984
The Chicago Association of Commerce - Outstanding Professional - 1984
The United States Secret Service Distinguished Service Award - 1985
El Salvador National Academy of Public Safety - 1992
United Nations Medal - 1994
FBI - numerous internal awards 1983 - 1998.

Professional Organizations

Mr. Hahn is a member of:
The Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI
The International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators
The American Society for Industrial Security
Optimists International
Advisory Board - Center for Unconventional Security Affairs, University of California - Irvine
National Honor Society
Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
Golden Key International Honour Society

R. Hahn & Company, Inc. has been a member of:
The American Water Works Association
The Water Environmental Foundation.

Papers Authored

Co-authored with Mr. C. David Plavcan, P.E and Dr. Steven Duranceau, PhD, PE
Presented at AWWA Southeastern Regional Conference 2002.

Mr. Hahn has authored various security related articles for a number of trade magazines, including those of the American Water Works Association, the Water Environmental Foundation, the Los Angeles Employers Group and Counter Terrorist Magazine.

Biographical Sketch, Richard S. Hahn

Richard S. "Rick" Hahn is President of R. Hahn & Company, Inc. a security consulting and investigative company specializing in counter-terrorism and homeland security. Mr. Hahn retired from the FBI after a distinguished career that spanned 32 years. He owns R. Hahn & Company which he founded in the wake of the events of September 11th, 2001. They provide security consulting services, training and investigative services to the private sector.

Rick became a Special Agent of the FBI in 1973 and has lived and served in New York, San Juan, Chicago, and Washington, D. C., and retired in 1999 from the position of Senior Supervisory Agent of the FBI office in Long Beach, California.

As an Agent he specialized in investigations of domestic and international terrorist organizations, dating to the first terrorist activities in this country. In Chicago he organized and led a multi-agency task force which brought about the arrest and prosecution of terrorists. He also led a landmark investigation that located and penetrated the first active terrorist safe house ever found in America. Later, assigned to the FBI Laboratory Explosives Unit as an Examiner of Explosive and Hazardous Devices, Rick traveled extensively and was involved in the investigation of a number of terrorist bombings against U. S. targets around the world including the attack aboard the cruise ship CITY OF POROS in the Mediterranean, the bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, and the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993. Rick was also called upon to manage the crime scene at the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

Rick has shared his expertise in terrorism as an analyst for MSNBC, regularly appearing both on MSNBC News and several other NBC programs. He also serves as a trainer and subject matter expert in improvised explosive devices and terrorism investigations for the U.S. Department of State and has authored training programs for that agency's Anti-Terrorism Program. He has also authored articles on the topics of terrorism and security for various business journals and has written a book on the early days of terrorism in America which should be published in 2008.

Rick is the recipient of the U. S. Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award, the United Nations Medal, the Chicago Association of Commerce Outstanding Professional Award, and numerous internal awards within the FBI. In addition to running R. Hahn & Company and continuing authorship he currently serves on the advisory board of the University of California at Irvine, Center for Unconventional Security Affairs.

Counter-terrorism training

Mr. Hahn has taught and written curriculum for the U.S. Department of State Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program. He is pictured here with students of Post Blast Investigation training.

Rick Hahn at the Oklahoma City bombing investigation

Mr. Hahn at the scene of the Murrah Federal Building bombing, Oklahoma City, 1995. The bomb literally cut the building in half. The activity of hundreds of law enforcement officers had to be coordinated with search and rescue and demolition activities in order to safely secure evidence for prosecution. Mr. Hahn coordinated the crime scene processing.