Mike is a national security expert and noted author with an extensive background in defense policy, military intelligence, and support to US counter-terrorism operations. His extensive national security credentials include serving as the Director of Strategy for the White House Homeland Security Council, Intelligence Officer for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Senior Analyst for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Mike has been interviewed on television and radio by ABC, The Canadian Broadcast Company, Fox News, FRONTLINE, MSNBC, NBC, NPR, The New York Metro News, New York Sun, and The Washington Post. He also is the co-author of two books on security and counter-terrorism (including a New York Times Best Seller) and has authored more than a dozen journal and opinion-editorial articles.
A former Fulbright Scholar to Turkey, Mike is an Occasional Guest Lecturer at National Defense University, Georgetown University, and Joint Special Operations University. He received an M.A. in Strategic Studies and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C., and an M.B.A. from the Australian School of Business in Sydney, Australia. He also was graduated cum laude with a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jeffrey Harner is an experienced business and economic analyst with an extensive background in finance, national security, and economics, as well as field experience as a Department of Army Civilian in Afghanistan as a Social Scientist with the Human Terrain System. He also has extensive experience conducting quantitative analysis and financial assessments of disaster relief, including fieldwork in Tajikistan and South Asia. He previously worked in the structured finance and securities industry in New York, working closely with many of the largest commercial and investment banks.
Jeffrey received an M.A. in Strategic Studies and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C. He also graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Government from Franklin & Marshall College.
Jeff maintains a current Secret security clearance.
John Thorne is a noted strategy, policy, and counterinsurgency expert with an extensive background in national security and stability operations, with service as a Department of Army Civilian in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
During his 13 months in Kandahar, John advised battlespace-owning Brigade and Squadron commanders and staffs on cultural, political, economic, and development issues during counterinsurgency and stabilization operations. For his accomplishments he was awarded the Superior Civilian Service Medal.
John received an M.A. in Strategic Studies and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C. and a B.A. from the University of Chicago.
John maintains a current Top Secret security clearance.
Robert Gamble is an experienced tech and data analyst with extensive background in foreign affairs, program management, and international development. Mr Gamble also has field experience as a Department of Army Civilian in Afghanistan as both a Research Manager at Regional Command South in Kandahar and lead team Social Scientist with CJSOTF-A, both with the Human Terrain System. He also has extensive experience working with non-profit, international and private organizations in the United States and throughout Mexico and South America.
Robert Gamble receieved an MPA in International Management from the Monterey Instute of International Studies (MIIS). He also graduated cum laude with a dual-major B.A. in International Relations and Spanish.
Robert maintains a current Top Secret security clearance.