Robert J. McDonough

Investigator, Security Consulting
U.S. Secret Service, Retired


Robert brings 44 years of elite security experience to Hawk PI, including 23 years with the U.S. Secret Service in which he rose to Assistant Special Agent in Charge of Presidential Protection.

In addition to protecting the President, Robert has served as Director of Security for Fortune 500 companies as well as for high-profile organizations. In these positions, he was responsible for the safety of tens of thousands of employees, dozens of executives and high-profile individuals, and hundreds of office, manufacturing and retail sites. Robert’s duties and accomplishments span all aspects of professional security practices, from vulnerability assessments, risk analysis, and incident response planning to loss prevention, personal protection, and active shooter training. He also was a certified polygraph examiner involved in major Secret Service investigations and supported a variety of federal investigations to include the FBI, CIA, and Department of Defense. His background in government, corporate, and private security provides experience with virtually any security challenge you are likely to face.

Whether your concerns are reactive to a security breach or proactive to prevent one, clients can be confident that Robert McDonough and the Hawk PI security team can protect your family, business interests and assets from today’s multi-faceted threats.


  • Case Management
  • Security & Vulnerability Assessments
  • Incident Response Plans


  • U.S. Secret Service, 23 years
  • Director of Security – Bayer Corporate
  • Director of Security – Blank Family of Businesses
  • Security Consulting


  • Bachelors of Science – University of Scranton
  • Graduate Studies, University of Virginia / University of Utah
  • Army Polygraph School – U.S. Army Military Police School