In December 2011, Scott McAllister joined the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) State and Local Program Office (SLPO). In this role, he manages the Office responsible for Departmental and interagency support to the National Network of Fusion Centers. This includes leadership of both headquarters and deployed Intelligence Officers at fusion centers across the country.
Mr. McAllister recently came from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). His most recent assignment was as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (Chief of Investigations) of the Fort Myers Regional Operation Center. Other duties during his tenure included serving as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of Domestic Security and Operational Intelligence at the Headquarters Division of FDLE. In that position, Mr. McAllister was charged with commanding, planning, organizing and directing responsibilities associated with the domestic security preparedness of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and its state and local jurisdictional partners. Additional duties included the command of the operational intelligence for the department and the management of the twenty-four hour operation of the Florida Fusion Center as well as the Counter Terrorism Intelligence Center.
Mr. McAllister also served as the state of Florida’s Deputy Homeland Security Advisor (HSA), representing the State of Florida on matters of protecting the homeland from 2007 to 2010. Florida’s homeland security (referred to as Domestic Security) is housed under the FDLE. Florida’s domestic security governance is made up of Regional Domestic Security Task Forces, the State Working Group on Domestic Preparedness, and the Domestic Security Oversight Council. Following the events of September 11 2001, FDLE assumed responsibility as the state’s domestic security coordinator and partnered with the Florida Sheriffs to lead the state’s seven Regional Domestic Security Task Forces.
Also, while the Deputy HSA, Mr. McAllister was Florida’s representative to Southern Shield. Southern Shield is a consortium of state homeland security and law enforcement intelligence officials and is a critical link between regional state fusion centers. Created in 2003, Southern Shield seeks to establish a unified voice on issues of mutual concern pertaining to state-level fusion centers and is independent of Southeast Region initiatives managed by DHS. Member states work together to: exchange best practices, share terrorism-related intelligence, and monitor regional threats. Southern Shield membership meets quarterly and conducts regular conference calls between meetings.
Prior to being the Deputy HSA, Mr. McAllister previously served as a Special Agent Supervisor in charge of Domestic Security and Protective Operations at the Miami Division of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. He was responsible for the coordination of the Domestic Security Task Force, encompassing 109 agencies, as well as in charge of dignitary protection for the Governor of Florida and other visiting dignitaries.
Mr. McAllister brings more than 36 years of state and local law enforcement experience, including roles as a major crimes detective, SWAT Operator, and Joint Terrorism Task Force Agent.
Mr. McAllister is a graduate of the Executive Leaders Program at the Naval Post Graduate School; the 178th Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy Program and holds a Master of Science Degree in Management from Rosemont College.