Charlotte has a new FBI agent keeping an eye out over the area and he has lots of experience especially in terrorism issues. Chris Briese has been named the special agent in charge of FBI’s Charlotte Division.
Briese has served in various positions and worked on various issues since joining the FBI in 1987. He worked on investigations such as bank robbery, interstate theft, foreign counterintelligence and international terrorism issues while working out of the FBI’s Los Angeles Division after completing new agent training at the FBI Academy.
A promotion in February 1996 stationed Briese at the FBI Headquarters. Briese helped found the Weapons of Mass Operations Unit while working in the National Security Division. He specialized in chemical and biological terrorism issues.
In May 1998, Briese then moved to the FBI’s Minneapolis Division to oversee the international and domestic terrorism, foreign counterintelligence programs and the St Cloud Resident Agency. While at Minneapolis, Briese established the Minneapolis Joint Terrorism Task Force. This task force was responsible for the arrest of Zacarias Moussaoui. Moussaoui was charged and prosecuted for crimes related to the 9/11 attacks. Briese was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of Minneapolis Division in July 2001.
Briese returned back to the FBI Headquarters in August 2003 with a promotion as section chief in the Counterterrorism Division. In this position, Briese oversaw half of the FBI’s global terrorism operations. This included the Saddam Hussein interrogation team.
Another promotion in January 2005 made Briese the special agent in charge of the Pittsburgh Division. Starting in August 2006, Briese worked with the National Security Branch out of the FBI Headquarters. He has recently served as the deputy assistant director for the Critical Incident Response Group in Quantico, Virginia before taking over the head position at the Charlotte Division.