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Armando L. Palmieri

Armando L. Palmieri is the Founder & Principal of PALM Investigations. He retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) after 32 years of service as a Special Agent. As a FBI Principal Relief Supervisor and Senior Team Leader, Mr. Palmieri directed highly classified complex national and global operations in both the national security and criminal divisions of the FBI.  During Mr. Palmieri’s tenure at the FBI, his missions included joint operations with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and many other U.S. Federal agencies and State and local law enforcement.


Mr. Palmieri also liaised on investigative matters with many foreign law enforcement and intelligence entities. Mr. Palmieri successfully investigated complex national security, criminal and espionage cases, domestically and abroad. Mr. Palmieri is a recognized expert in counterintelligence, internal & external threats, espionage, criminal investigations and interrogation. Mr. Palmieri is a FBI Certified Undercover Agent, Certified Reid I & II Interrogator, Certified Foreign Counterintelligence (FCI) Agent, Certified FBI Legal Advisor & Instructor and is firearms certified. Mr. Palmieri is the recipient of the FBI Director’s Award for Outstanding National Security Investigations, the U.S. Department of Justice Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service, the CIA Director’s Award for  Exceptional Human Intelligence Collector, and the Director of National Intelligence Counterintelligence Executive Citation & Meritorious Unit Citation.


Mr. Palmieri was recognized for his 9/11 World Trade Center (WTC) investigative accomplishments by the FBI Director. Mr. Palmieri is an active member of the New Jersey Bar, the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI (SOCXFBI), the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), and the Associated Licensed Detectives of New York State (ALDONYS).

Edward J. Panico

Edward J. Panico is the Director of Security and Training at PALM Investigations. Prior to joining the team at PALM Investigations, Mr. Panico founded and operated Lynx Security Group, a private investigation, security consulting and training company. For over 16 years, Mr. Panico has worked both domestically and abroad in intelligence and security matters with the U.S. Military and with the U.S. Department of State. Mr. Panico has trained hundreds of domestic and foreign military, intelligence, and private sector personnel across the globe in security and counterintelligence. While employed with the U.S. Military and U.S. Department of State, he received extensive training and experience in risk mitigation, anti-terrorism/force protection, crime prevention, counterintelligence, dignitary protection, physical security, access control, security operations, intelligence collection, investigations, interview/interrogations, and physical surveillance.

When deployed in Afghanistan, Mr. Panico supported international special operations forces. He maintains an active security clearance with his commitment to the U.S. Government which also allows him continual access to specialized training not available to those fully entrenched in the private sector. Mr. Panico is a recipient of the Military Intelligence Corps Association Knowlton Award as well as over 30 U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of State service awards.

Mr. Panico holds an M.S. in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Law Enforcement and Crime Prevention. He also holds a B.A. in Intelligence Studies from American Military University and an A.A.S in Intelligence Operations Studies. 

William A. Zinnikas

William A. Zinnikas is the Director of Operations at PALM Investigations. He retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) after 32 years of service.  He is now a private consultant on security and counterterrorism matters, focusing primarily on issues involving Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and Counter Terrorism.  His last assignment before retirement was as Supervisor of the WMD Squad in the FBI’s New York Field Office where he was also the WMD Coordinator for the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).  Mr. Zinnikas also supervised the Bomb Technician, Hazardous Materials, and Operational Medical Support programs.  In these capacities, he was responsible for developing, coordinating, and implementing actions to prevent acts of terrorism and for managing the investigation of terrorist incidents, threats, and hoaxes involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosive (CBRNE) materials.


Mr. Zinnikas also assisted State and local governments with training, preparedness, and contingency planning matters related to WMD.  He was responsible for forging strong liaison relationships with Federal regional counterparts and those officials of State and local governments with whom the FBI would interact during a WMD incident.  Mr. Zinnikas received a variety of training in various aspects of WMD and hazardous materials and was an OSHA-certified Hazardous Materials Technician.

Mr. Zinnikas was a Team Leader of one of the FBI's Evidence Response Teams and, as such, participated in the investigations of the terrorist bombings of the World Trade Center in 1993, the U.S. Air Force barracks in Saudi Arabia in 1996, and the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania in 1998, as well as the crash of TWA Flight 800 in 1996, the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 in 2001, the 09/11/2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center Complex, and the mailings of anthrax-laden letters which followed shortly thereafter.