US Army Strategic Studies Institute

External Researcher (1998-

  • Multiple monographs on intelligence, information operations, grand strategy, global reality, and the future of the US Army in context of a restructured US Government
  • Multiple conference and workshop engagements with related chapters and papers

Earth Intelligence Network (501c3 Public Charity)

Chief Executive Officer (2006 –

  • Senior external expert present for NATO Transformation Command Innovation Hub workshop on Strategic Foresight, contributor for forums (2015)
  • Advisor to Open Source Ecology (Global Village Construction Set)
  • Academic Visitor to Loughborough University UK from 1 September 2014 — focus on creation of an Open Source Everything Innovation Hub
  • Served on contract with Military Information Support Task Force – Afghanistan (MISTF-A) from August to December 2013, as the primary election and peace process analyst. Predicted from September 2013 that the Bi-Lateral Security Agreement (BSA) would not be signed by Karzai. Later predicted Ghani’s clear win.
  • Proponent for information-based hybrid governance beyond governments, Multinational, Multiagency, Multidisciplinary, Multidomain Information-sharing and Sense-Making (M4IS2)
  • Proponent for Open Source Everything (OSE) as affordable scalable solution Created strategic analytic model for global holistic analysis, gaming, & participatory democracy – proponent for integrating true cost economics into all analysis
  • Funded forecasts, ID of top authors, web sites, books, for ten threats, twelve policies
  • Pioneered multinational Information Operations (IO) and Intelligence 21
  • International speaker on peacekeeping intelligence and information peacekeeping
  • Trained United Nations “Class Before One” and helped establish hybrid unit
  • Provided analytic support to UN Commission in Guatemala (March – July 2010)
  • Published three foundation books
  • THE OPEN SOURCE EVERYTHING MANIFESTO: Transparency, Truth, & Trust (2012)
  • INTELLIGENCE for EARTH: Clarity, Diversity, Integrity, & Sustainability (2010)
  • COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace (2008)
  • Official travel and engagements in Chile, Denmark, Guatemala, Italy, Spain

Open Source Solutions, Inc. (Virginia C Corporation focused on Global Education & Decision-Support)

Chief Executive Officer (1993 – 2007 – legally closed 2010)

  • Created modern Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) discipline across 90+ countries
  • Created first handbooks in the discipline for UN, NATO, DoD, Special Forces
  • Inspired creation of new units now employing roughly 25,000 specialists
  • Conceptualized Smart Nation, Information Arbitrage, Information Peacekeeping
  • International speaker on role of information as foundation for harmonization
  • Organized and managed global conferences training 7,500 mid-career officers
  • Created 30,000 pages of original content still online, free, and relevant
  • Created thousands of relationships across national, organizational boundaries
  • Inspired sharing across eight “tribes” of intelligence (academia, civil society, commercial, government, law enforcement, media, military, non-government/non-profit)
  • Our annual information technology review consistently superior to that of In-Q-Tel
  • Published five foundation books
  • INFORMATION OPERATIONS: All Information, All Languages, All the Time (2006)
  • THE SMART NATION ACT: Public Intelligence in the Public Interest (2006)
  • PEACEKEEPING INTELLIGENCE: Emerging Concepts for the Future (2003)
  • THE NEW CRAFT OF INTELLIGENCE: Personal, Public, & Political (2002)
  • ON INTELLIGENCE: Spies and Secrecy in an Open World (2000)
  • Contracted by the Office of Personnel Management, Western Management Development Center
  • From 1997-2002, lectured to senior executive candidates on global reality, intelligence
  • In final year served as course director for two offerings of the national security course
  • Produced OSINT for multiple clients, global needs (notably SOCOM, CENTCOM)
  • Roughly $10 million in revenue with one full-time employee (self)
  • From indigenous local knowledge in 29 languages (now 33) to global geospatial including Russian military combat charts for denied areas, and online
  • IRS audit of 2007 found “no change” for an extremely complex global small business
  • Official travel and engagements in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

United States Marine Corps (1976-1996)

Civil Service (GM-14) (1988-1993)

Officer of Marines (Reserve) (1976-1996)

  • As second-ranking civilian (GM-14) for US Marine Corps intelligence, from 1988-1993
  • Tried and failed, with Service Chief support, to get one third National Intelligence Topics (NIT) redirected toward Third World / lower tier targets
  • Tried and failed to redirect DoD from worst-case to most-likely scenarios
  • Tried and failed to get DoD to focus on open communications with all external parties
  • Orchestrated Service-wide response to DoD ASD C4I on intelligence lessons learned from Gulf I
  • Created Service General Defense Intelligence Program (1985-1988)
  • Created Marine Corps Intelligence Center/Command (1988-1992)
    • Study Director for first global study using only unclassified information, Planning and Programming Factors for Expeditionary Operations in the Third World (MCCDC, 1990)
    • Created original analytic model with 144 factors, five degrees of difficulty for each factor
  • Pioneered the all-source fusion workstation & access to open source information
  • Managed Congressional, Departmental, and Inter-Agency relationships
  • In Reserve capacity, served as Adjunct Faculty for Intelligence, Marine Corps University
  • As infantry, intelligence, security/personnel officer (active 1975-1979, reserve 1979-1996)
  • Selected to help write Marine Corps Master Intelligence Plan (MCMIP)
  • Promoted to field grade (Major/O-4) over course of 20 years in the Reserve
  • Official travel and engagements in Colombia, El Salvador, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Okinawa, Panama, Philippines

 Central Intelligence Agency

Operations Officer (1979-1988)

  • Top performer (top 10% in class, Mid-Career Course 101 (War College))
  • Managed global program to penetrate a denied area
  • One of first officers assigned to penetrate terrorist target in assigned region in 1980’s
  • Created first Standard Operating Procedures for a (Clandestine) Field Station
  • Created the first Guide to Managing the Field Support Account
  • Hand-picked to pioneer advanced information technology inclusive of artificial intelligence (all aspects inclusive of deep debriefings of specialists to acquire heuristics) for entire agency
  • Founding Member (National) Advanced Information Processing & Analysis Steering Group
  • Member, (National) Information Handling Committee, (National) Future Intelligence Requirements and Capabilities Committee, various futures and technical working groups (e.g. imagery, signals)
  • Hand-picked for DCI’s Advanced Program & Evaluation Group (APEG) in Collections Requirements and Evaluations Staff (team managed DCI’s oversight of all other agencies in the US IC)
  • Resigned to accept Marine Corps invitation to create new intelligence capability
  • Subsequently testified against secrecy and against torture to various commissions
  • Official travel and engagements in Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Panama, Venezuela