Larry Johnson is an owner and founder of BERG Associates, LLC, which specializes in money laundering investigations, product counterfeiting investigations, financial analysis and counter terrorism.
Since 1994 Mr. Johnson has scripted exercises and provided seminars for U.S. military special operations forces. This work has included designing scenarios that replicate threats and missions US counterterrorism are called on to execute. He is knowledgeable about strategies and tactics for handling unconventional threats, including chemical, biological, and nuclear.
Mr. Johnson also served as a lead instructor for the U.S. State Department’s Anti-Terrorism Training Program’s Senior Crisis Management Seminar (1996-2006). This course brought senior-level government officials to Washington for a week-long seminar. Johnson lectured on Current Terrorist Threats and Trends and on International Accords for Combating Terrorism to officials from more than 45 countries. Countries briefed include Israel, Egypt, Colombia, Turkey, Georgia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Oman, South Africa, Qatar, Kuwait, and Kenya.
As one of the principals of BERG, Mr. Johnson has participated in the forensic audits of banks and casinos in Latin America, tested procedures and systems to detect and preventing money laundering, and directed the forensic audit of a multi-million dollar business suspected of money laundering in the Colon Free Zone of Panama.
Mr. Johnson manages BERG Associates investigations of international fraud and product counterfeiting, which has resulted in the confiscation of products worth one million dollars, fines totaling $500,000, and criminal penalties for the offenders.
As a Deputy Director of the State Department’s Office of Counter Terrorism, Mr. Johnson managed crisis response operations for terrorist incidents in Lebanon, Asia, Central America, the Caribbean, the Persian Gulf and Europe. He helped organize and direct the US government’s debriefing of U.S. citizens held in Kuwait and Iraq, which provided vital intelligence on Iraqi operations following that country’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait.
Mr. Johnson’s expertise includes aviation and maritime security. He participated in the investigation of the terrorist bombing of Pan Am 103 and directed crisis management operations that resolved several hijackings. Under Mr. Johnson’s leadership the U.S. airlines and pilots agreed to match the US Government’s two million-dollar reward. Mr. Johnson also supervised the multi-million dollar U.S. Anti-Terrorism Assistance Training Program, which provided training to more than 15,000 security officials from over 70 nations.
From 1985 through September 1989 Mr. Johnson worked for the Central Intelligence Agency. During his distinguished career, he received training in paramilitary operations, worked in the Directorate of Operations, served in the CIA’s Operation’s Center, and established himself as a prolific analyst in the Directorate of Intelligence.
Mr. Johnson routinely analyzes terrorist incidents for TV, radio, and print, including the Jim Lehrer News Hour, CNN, National Public Radio, ABC’s Nightline, NBC, the New York Times, and the BBC. Mr. Johnson has authored several articles for publications, including Security Management magazine, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times.
EXPERT WITNESS EXPERIENCE
April 1, 2022 Tuesday, US District Court; Appeared as expert witness in the case of Kahane vs. Islamic Republic of Iran. Judge Royce Lamberth presiding.
July 18, 2003, US Immigration Court, Denver, Colorado. Appeared as expert witness regarding Jaish Mohammed in deportation case of suspected Al Qaeda member.