Andy Rayland is a Senior Nuclear Security Consultant at Talisman. He has over 40 years of nuclear security experience, including a 25 year career in the U.S. Air Force, followed by 12 years with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) where he was a Physical Protection Specialist. At the NRC, he served as a Force-on-Force (FOF) inspection team leader, conducting 55 inspections in a seven-year period, and as an inspection team member for critical agency inspections, including Comparability Performance Effectiveness Reviews (CPER) and Operational Safeguards Readiness Evaluations (OSRE). He was certified by the NRC as a License Reviewer and Physical Security Inspector. On the international level, Mr. Rayland represented the NRC as a team member on Bi-Lateral Physical Protection Inspections and as a team member on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) International Physical Protection Advisory Service, providing technical assistance and analysis to IAEA member countries.
After the terrorist events on September 11, 2001, Mr. Rayland served as a team member representing the NRC at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Strategic Information and Operations Center (SIOC), the FBI’s global watch and communication center. In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and during a period of upgraded threats to U.S. nuclear facilities, he acted as a principal advisor on nuclear security matters to federal law enforcement agencies and the NRC executive leadership team. Mr. Rayland also briefed members of Congress on the status of physical protection enhancements at facilities in their districts.
Mr. Rayland joined the U.S. Air Force as a security specialist in 1973 and had a distinguished career protecting Air Force strategic and tactical nuclear weapon systems from theft, sabotage and diversion in the U.S., Europe, and the Pacific. He has extensive training and experience in fundamentals of critical resource physical protection such as perimeter intrusion detection and assessment systems, communications, FOF testing and evaluation, access control and armed response. He held a broad spectrum of responsible positions ranging from basic armed officer to superintendent of a large security force unit responsible for the physical protection of Air Force B-52 Bombers and nuclear weapon systems on strategic alert.
Mr. Rayland holds an M.A. in Security Management from Webster University and a B.S. in Human Resources Management from The New School.