Charles Lutz

Political Science, 1967 | US Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and State
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Charles Lutz

Charles Lutz spent 32 years as a Special Agent with the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) specializing in the investigation of international drug trafficking organizations, rising to the senior executive level. He served two tours of duty in Southeast Asia and one in the Middle East, and at one

time was responsible for cocaine interdiction programs in South and Central America and the Caribbean. He served four tours of duty at DEA HQS in Washington, D.C., and in domestic field offices at Miami, Reno, and in Philadelphia where he began his career. His last assignment with DEA was on detail to the US Department of Justice as director of an interagency organization charged with making improvements to the nation’s counterdrug intelligence collection and analytical systems.

Shortly after September 11, 2001, Charles was appointed as the first Federal Security Director at Orlando International Airport to ensure the airport was operating within federal security guidelines, coordinate the investigation of security incidents, and screen passengers and baggage. He later assisted the Transportation Security Administration in setting up its Command Center in Northern Virginia.

Charles was then hired by the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security to establish an Antiterrorism Assistance Program in the Philippines, with the dual role as Counterterrorism Advisor to the Government of the Philippines. He increased the role and capacity of Philippines law enforcement organizations in protecting their citizens from acts of terrorism, and helped promulgate their first counterterrorism law.

He has since retired to the Upstate of South Carolina, in the foothills of the Smokey Mountains, where he now conducts national security clearance background investigations for the U.S. Department of State on a part-time basis.