Dr. Keith Ludwick retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation after serving 22 years as a Special Agent. Prior to his retirement, he led the Social Media Analytical Cell within the Tampa Division which provided tactical, open source intelligence for criminal, counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and cyber investigations. Just previously, Dr. Ludwick supervised the highly-trained, 23-person Tampa Technical Squad. This team provides continuous IT and operational technical support through digital forensic exams, specialized technical attacks, and installation and maintenance of all electronic equipment within the division including alarms, access control, radios, etc.
Prior to Tampa, Dr. Ludwick led the Sensitive Operations Support Unit (SOSU) within the Tactical Operations Section at Quantico, VA, conducting covert operations supporting all FBI programs. Previously, he served as an operator for the Tactical Operations Section participating in over a hundred covert operations and developing numerous clandestine platforms supporting FISA court orders.
Dr. Ludwick started his professional career as an officer and C-141 pilot in the U.S. Air Force with over 2,000 flight hours including several missions supporting Operation Desert Storm.
Dr. Ludwick obtained a B.S. degree in Computer Science from California State University Sacramento, an M.A. in Strategic Studies – Homeland Security from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Ph.D. in Biodefense from George Mason University. His dissertation: “The Legend of the Lone Wolf: Categorizing Singular and Small Group Terrorism” examined the various elements of lone wolf terrorism. Other research interests include terrorist organizational structure, the Social Identity of terrorists, and technology & homeland security.