Ed Beakley is employed by LJT & Associates as an Anti-Terrorism Specialist in support of Navy Anti- Terrorism Force Protection efforts. He previously served as the lead for operations design, planning, control, and analysis for exercises focused on counter-terrorism, force protection, homeland security and homeland defense for the Center for Asymmetric Warfare. He is an adjunct member of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Terrorism Early Warning Group.
A retired Naval Aviator with 170 combat missions in the A-7 Corsair during the war in Vietnam, Ed has over 3000 hours in 20 different military aircraft. In his last military tour he was assigned to the Flight Test Division of the Pacific Missile Test Center, Point Mugu as Test Director and Lead Project Test Pilot for the Tomahawk Cruise Missile Program.
Ed is a 1968 NROTC graduate from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Electrical Engineering, a graduate of the Naval Post Graduate School with a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering, and the Flight Research Incorporated Test Pilot and Flight Test Engineer Course. He is a member of the International Test and Evaluation Association, Naval Institute, the Association of Naval Aviation, and the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.
Work includes design and exercise control of the initial Asymmetric Warfare Initiative Exercise, conducted November 4-6, 2003 at Port Hueneme in Ventura County, California. This exercise included multiple Federal, Military, State, and Local agencies and centered upon the issues of a terrorist attack against a U.S. seaport. He has continued with the planning for similar type exercises in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and in Seattle Tacoma.