Decorated civilian and military intelligence officer with unusually extensive technical and regional expertise, especially in defense and Middle Eastern issues. Years of experience in supporting senior military and civilian policy-makers, including DoD's response to the 'Arab Spring' and Ukraine crises, as well as U.S. military operations against Libya and ISIL. Distinguished graduate of two top national-security policy schools and numerous professional training programs.
Served as an active drilling officer, including two years at the Office of Naval Intelligence's (ONI) Global Maritime Watch (GMW). The GMW is the Navy's premiere watch center, and provides world-wide situational awareness to commanders, especially on civil-maritime shipping and maritime-related terrorism, proliferation, and smuggling threats. Worked both on the watch floor and with GMW's production element, which produces current intelligence and the ONI daily brief. Authored short-notice products on Navy topics, including CENTCOM and PACOM issue. Performed leadership, managerial, and administrative duties as required. Trained to support deployed Navy units, 5th Fleet (CENTCOM), and intelligence planning.
Conducted and supervised all-source defense intelligence analysis, especially strategic- and operational-level analysis of Middle Eastern, Russian, and terrorism issues. Analytically supported DoD's response to the ‘Arab Spring' and Ukraine crises, as well as U.S. military operations against Libya and ISIL. Analysis routinely presented to national-level customers, including senior DoD, Intelligence Community (IC), and wider government officials. Broad experience provided a deep understanding of IC organizations, capabilities, and operations. Deployed to the U.S. embassies in Israel and Lebanon. Received numerous DIA and ODNI citations for exceptional performance.
Supervised all J2 intelligence production on functional/technological issues, including WMD, cyber, developmental weapons, defense resources and infrastructure, economics, space technologies, and underground facilities. Reviewed or drafted over 800 production items in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment where guidance and requirement were often ambiguous or constantly constantly changing. Ensured production met the current and future needs of various customers, including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, other elements of the Joint Staff, and principals throughout OSD. Supervised analysts from multiple regional and functional DIA offices, with widely differing analytical backgrounds.
Prepared research for three separate scholars on national security-related subjects such as Middle Eastern arms sales, UN peacekeeping, Islamic radicalism in Great Britain, and British and French defense capabilities.
Graduated "highest distinction" with a GPA of 3.9 and a concentration in Middle Eastern affairs. Core courses focused on the planning of joint military operations, U.S. military doctrine, national security decision-making, the interagency process, and staff management.
Graduated "superior honors" with a GPA of 3.81. Coursework included classes on the IC, strategic planning, defense budgeting, counterterrorism, irregular warfare, defense technology, and military analysis. Thesis assessed U.S. counter-insurgency operations in Afghanistan. Received coveted "distinction" on final exam.
Graduated "magna cum laude" with a GPA of 3.59 (political science: 3.76; history: 3.82). Coursework focused on 19th and 20th European continental and colonial history, Russia, and European security policies.
ODNI National Intelligence Analysis Award
ODNI National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation
DoD Meritorious Unit Citation
3 x DIA performance award bonus
2 x DIA Special Act award
2 x Nominated Joint Warfare Support Office analyst of the quarter
Basic and Advanced Defense Intelligence Strategic Analysis Programs
U.S. Navy Information Dominance and CENTCOM Watch Programs
U.S. Navy Basic Intelligence Operations Program
ODNI/CIA Interagency Military Analysis Course
U.S. Air Force Special Operations School Middle East Orientation Course
DIA Advanced Analyst Intelligence Collection Course
DIA Advanced Analytical Briefing and Writing Courses
DIA Counterintelligence and Asymmetrical Warfare Analysis Courses
NRO Overhead Systems Course
Speed-reading (3,000 words per minute)
Spanish (moderate), Dari (basic)
Self-education (international security, history, politics, etc.)
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