Mark Fallon is a leading national security expert, an acclaimed author, writer, consultant, strategist, scholar, thinker, doer, learner, engager and reformer. Mark is a fierce champion for justice and the rule of law. An activist in the promotion of the artful application of science to improve the practice of interview and interrogation, his beneficence is grounded in the moral imperative of promoting lawful and effective methods of questioning human subjects – human beings – in accordance with non-derogable human rights. Mark was on the Global Steering Committee overseeing the development of the “Mendez Principles” for Effective Interviewing for Investigations and Information Gathering.
Mark is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, focusing on systemic reform within investigative practices and effective questioning, in particular those pertaining to interrogation techniques. He is a former career NCIS special agent and former Homeland Security Senior Executive, Mark founded the strategic consultancy ClubFed, LLC and is a subject matter expert in counterterrorism, global policing and strategic questioning. Mark is Chair of the IMPACT Section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), is on a Global Steering Committee developing a universal protocol for human-rights compliant, lawful and effective questioning for the United Nations, and is on the Advisory Council of the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law (CERL) at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
His government service spans more than three decades with positions including NCIS Deputy Assistant Director for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security Senior Executive. Mark was the Director of the NCIS Training Academy, Assistant Director for Training of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, is the Past-Chair of the High Value Detainee Interrogation Group Research Committee (HIG) and was formally on the Board of Governors of the DOD Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy (JCITA) and Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation (FLETA) Board. Mark participated on the INTERPOL Group of Experts on Police Training. He is the co-founder of Project Aletheia.
Mark is the author of “Unjustifiable Means: The Inside Story of How the CIA, Pentagon and US Government Conspired to Torture” and he is a contributing author/editor of “Interrogation and Torture: Integrating Efficacy with Law and Morality,” (Oxford University Press, 2020).