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July 2014

PSI awarded contract to perform testing of sensors at the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Environment, Health, Safety, and Security (AU) (formerly the Office of Health, Safety, and Security).

Western Area Power AdministrationWAPA markets and delivers clean, renewable, reliable, cost-based federal hydroelectric power and related services to a 15 state region across the central and western United States. In response to recent events and evolving threats to U.S. power infrastructure Federal Agencies such as DOE and WAPA, along with NERC are actively seeking to address security for our nation’s power grid.

PSI is a long time trusted partner to in this effort and a recognized expert in solving complex infrastructure security challenges. For over 15 years PSI has supported policy development within DOE/NNSA, performed security assessments and vulnerability assessments at DOE/NNSA nuclear sites and DOE and commercial power facilities throughout the nation, and provided subject matter experts in the areas of Performance Testing, Secure Transportation of Nuclear Materials, Threat Assessment, Force Protection and Incident Response.

Mr. Sean P. Williams, PSI’s President stated: “We are excited about this opportunity to support WAPA’s mission and we are ever grateful for the Department of Energy’s continued trust in PSI to support mission critical requirements. We have a proud history of working with industry and government to resolve complex security issues, build cost effective innovative solutions and enhance the effectiveness of the US critical infrastructure protection program. We are honored to be in the fight and proud of each new opportunity to serve.”

June 2014

Ms. Pauline Bathea Retires

Ms. Pauline Bathea Retires
Alden Sanborn, Director of Business Development presents Pauline Bathea with a certificate of appreciation to thank her for her service.

Over her 25-year career supporting the federal government for various firms, Ms. Pauline Bathea worked in positions such as Security Coordinator, Analyst, and Computer Specialist. For over five years, Ms. Bathea supported PSI’s U.S. Department of Energy customer as the Executive Assistant to the Office of Environment, Health, Safety, and Security (AU) (formerly the Office of Health, Safety, and Security) where she played a critical role in the operation of the personnel security programs for DOE.

It is with sincere gratitude and deepest appreciation that PSI wishes Pauline the best of luck in her future endeavors. 

June 2014

PSI would like to congratulate Jason Morrow on his promotion to Director of Operations

Mr. Morrow has a 20 year distinguished career that encompasses both law enforcement and federal security service. Jason started his security career as a police officer and then moved from public service into contract security work for the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration. He started as a Security Police Officer (SPO) protecting critical nuclear material and over time has worked his way up through the security ranks. Jason has held training, field supervisory, and security management positions on both the physical security side and for DOE Special Response Team (SRT) units. Since 2007 he has demonstrated excellence as a Project Manager and a Manager of critical security service contracts for PSI. As Director of Operations, Mr. Morrow will oversee the performance and execution of all PSI contracts and client projects. 

June 2014

PSI is pleased to announce the promotion of Christa Salyers to the position of Vice President of Business Administration

Ms. Salyers will direct all business administrative operations of PSI including Human Resources, Accounting, Contracts, and Administrative functions. With over 20 years' experience managing critical business functions for federal contract companies, Ms. Salyers brings a broad base of expertise and depth of knowledge to this critical role for PSI. Ms. Salyers previously served as PSI's Director of Business Operations where her proven ability to manage complex issues and her exemplary customer service clearly demonstrated her ability to lead PSI business administration mission.

June 2014

PSI's long time asset, Brian Bickmore, has been promoted to Manager of Corporate Programs

Mr. Bickmore has been with PSI since 2009, both as a Senior Security Manager and our Facility Security Officer (FSO). Prior to coming to PSI, Brian provided critical security management services (Quality, Training, Safety and Security) for SOS International in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Mr. Bickmore will ensure that PSI's formal QA/QC, Safety and Training programs are based on industry best practices and provide a solid foundation from which PSI can deliver the highest quality services to our customers. Mr. Bickmore will be conducting our QA/QC assessments and no notice site inspections and will be working closely to support our Director of Operations in our overall operational mission success.  

May 2014

PSI was awarded a contract to provide support to Swift & Staley, Inc. (SSI) at the Gaseous Diffusion Plant Paducah

Swift Staley

PSI will conduct critical assessments and develop security plans to maximize the efficiency of the Deactivation Contractor upon turnover (de-lease) of the Gaseous Diffusion Plant (GDP) at Paducah.

PSI is a premier program-level and on-site provider to Department of Energy (DOE), DOE managed, Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)-managed, and contractor managed facilities. SSI selected PSI to perform this critical work because of our unparalleled expertise in force protection, site security, vulnerability assessments, DOE standards and orders, and training. PSI personnel have performed and managed projects at all DOE – Environmental Management, Office of Science and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) sites.

PSI’s support of the transition of the GDP at Portsmouth from NRC standards to DOE standards and its support to other sites as they transition greatly enhances mission capabilities, provides cost avoidance, lessons learned and reduces risk at critical energy sites.

March 2014

Protection Strategies Incorporated Featured in Knoxville News Sentinel Article

Courtesy of Knoxville News Sentinel

 Protection Strategies Inc., global security management and consulting business, recently announced Sean Williams has been named the company's new president and chief operating officer.

PSI offices are in Loudon, but the company has plans to relocate to Oak Ridge over the next few months.

PSI provides a wide range of security services to U.S.government departments and agencies, as well as commercial, private, and international organizations and corporations.

Williams previously held executive positions with the Akal Group, LeGacy Resource Corp., Corrections Corp. of America and Wackenhut Services Inc.  

View the article on Knoxville News Sentinel website

February 2014

Protection Strategies Incorporated Names Williams President/COO

Protection Strategies Incorporated (PSI), a leading-edge global security management and consulting business, recently announced Sean P. Williams has been named the company’s new President and Chief Operating Officer.  

Mr. Williams brings 25 years of diverse business experience and executive leadership to PSI, having previously held executive positions with the Akal Group, LeGacy Resource Corporation, Corrections Corporation of America and Wackenhut Services, Inc.   Throughout his career, Mr. Williams has demonstrated how to successfully establish public/private partnerships solving critical security challenges and ensuring the protection of critical infrastructure and assets domestically, as wells as foreign interests abroad. 

“In an era of rapidly expanding threats, shrinking budgets and internal administrative changes, Sean’s experience forming critical partnerships to support our government in maintaining the peace and security of the nation, paired with the strong history of PSI, are the ideal combination,” said Bobby Beaty, owner and CEO of PSI.  “His hands-on approach will provide PSI with a strategic path for the future and help our partners navigate complex security issues.”  

After serving in the United States Air Force as a Pararescueman he began working with one of the nation’s largest security contractors supporting the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Safeguards and Security mission and played a key role in leading contract operations for the Department of States Antiterrorism Assistance Program (DOS/ATAP), to fight terrorism abroad in the days following 9/11.  Building on his work  with DOE and DOS he has successfully  provided critical security and support services to a broad base of U.S. agencies including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Protective Services (FPS),  National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Defense (DOD), United States Marshals Service (USMS), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Transportation Safeguards Administration (TSA), Bureau of Prisons (BOP), Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and various state/ local governments.   

Mr. Williams has a B.S. in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from the Anderson School of Management.  Sean will join the CEO & Tennessee Corporate Office Team in February and can be reached at 703.553.0561.

December 2013

PSI and Partner MELE Associates Awarded Security Operations Support Task Order

MELEMAX

PSI and MELE Associates, Inc., as part of the MELEMAX Team have been awarded a task order under its Technical, Engineering, and Programmatic Services Blanket Purchase Agreement. PSI and MELE will be providing support services to the Department of Energy's (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) Office of Defense Nuclear Security (NA-70).

The Office of Defense Nuclear Security (DNS) is responsible for the overall policy direction and assessment of security programs at NNSA facilities. The DNS core mission is to develop and implement security programs that protect, control and secure all facilities for the administration. DNS also provides unique knowledge and expertise in nuclear nonproliferation, homeland security and intelligence for a broader set of national security needs.

Overall the MELEMAX Team will provide implementation and analytical services to support the DNS mission. Such services include rendering expert advice and guidance in support of organizational improvement efforts, facilitating collaborative efforts between headquarters, the laboratories, plants and facilities of the NNSA, and providing operations, program execution, and analytical support. PSI will also provide Resource Management Support and Capital Improvement Program Support under this award. 

For more information on this award, please contact Alden Sanborn (asanborn@protectionsi.com

November 2013

PSI Leadership Participates in the 25th Annual Weapons Complex Monitor Decision Maker's Forum

The Twenty-Fifth Annual Weapons Complex Monitor Decision Makers ForumNNSA - National Nuclear Security Administration

Bobby Beaty, CEO and Alden Sanborn, Director Business Development represented PSI at the 25th Annual Weapons Complex Monitor Decision Makers’ Forum in Amelia Island, Florida.  This meeting brought together personnel from the DOE, UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Atomic Energy of Canada, State regulatory agencies and industry to address the issues currently facing the cleanup and decommissioning of former DOE weapons sites and nuclear power sites nationally and abroad.  This year’s meeting focused on strategies employed to reduce life-cycle cleanup costs.  Challenges were discussed from the perspectives of regulatory compliance, worker safety and fiscal constraints.  A goal of the meeting was to foster international collaboration and sharing of technical resources to improve safety, efficiency and cost savings as sites are decommissioned. 

Widespread participation by professionals at the “decision maker” level provided key insights into the challenges facing sites, including Hanford, Savannah River, Paducah, Oak Ridge and Idaho.  Lessons learned from successful closure sites such as Rocky Flats were shared as examples of “best practices” to consider as strategies are developed for future cleanup/decommissioning efforts.  PSI was glad to contribute to these conversations by sharing our experiences gathered over the past 15 years while supporting DOE Labs and the National Security Enterprise.


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