Following the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988, Richard A. Marquise was named to lead the U.S. Task Force which included the FBI, Department of Justice and the Central Intelligence Agency.
Marquise, a native of North Carolina, was educated in Washington, DC and Vermont and became an FBI Agent in 1971. He began working counter terrorism investigations in 1972 after the attacks in Munich and was working in the Counter Terrorism Section at FBIHQ when Pan Am Flight 103 was destroyed. He was named to lead the investigation and worked with his counterparts in Scotland, Germany and other nations to solve the case and bring two of the conspirators to justice.
He retired from the FBI in 2002 while serving as the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Office in Oklahoma City. Since retirement he travels the world teaching police officers how to prevent terrorism.
Following the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988, Richard A. Marquise was named to lead the U.S. Task Force which included the FBI, Department of Justice and the Central Intelligence Agency. He was the lead U.S. representative at numerous international conferences during the course of the investigation. He led the Task Force through the indictments which were returned in 1991 and continued to play an active role up through the trial which concluded in 2001. In August 2001 he received the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service following the successful resolution of the trial.
Mr. Marquise is a leader in the fields of counter terrorism and crisis management, both as an investigator and as a manager. He retired in 2002 after a 31-year career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He was the Special Agent in Charge of the Oklahoma City Division of the FBI 1999-2002; during the late 1980s, he was the Chief of the Terrorist Research and Analytical Center (TRAC) at FBI Headquarters. TRAC was responsible for collecting and disseminating information on terrorist groups, organizations and individuals operating around the world. He was also the chief of a Middle East terrorism unit which managed FBI investigations worldwide. A veteran of numerous crises including terror attacks, kidnappings, prison takeovers and other significant events, he is now a Senior Research Associate with the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR), Tallahassee, Florida.
He has appeared on television and radio talk shows and has given hundreds of speeches all over the world on the topic of terrorism. He has provided training to law enforcement officials all over the United States including the FBI Academy in Virginia, the National War College in Washington, and has provided training at the International Law Enforcement Academies in Botswana, Thailand and Hungary, as well as other academic venues around the world. He has also assisted the Governments of Kenya, Pakistan and the Philippines in the creation of joint terrorism task forces.
Mr. Marquise holds a Masters degree from the George Washington University. He has attended numerous professional training courses in the FBI in the fields of leadership, management and crisis management. He has been a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Terrorism Committee and is a member of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI.