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 graduated cum laude with a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.
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 TS/SCI security clearance.
Ms. Ben-Amou is a Senior Analyst providing strategic planning and policy expertise to the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. Prior to joining Diligent she worked with Booz Allen Hamilton on projects for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Research and Development (R&D) Process Implementation and Improvement Project (PIIP). She has gained meaningful experience in Business Process Reengineering (BPR) and has developed an expertise in SharePoint development from the user perspective. Her focus included compiling financial and qualitative reports, aiding in performance metrics development and reporting tools, high-level documentation of processes, and supporting strategic communications efforts.
Ms. Ben-Amou received her M.A. in Strategic Studies and a focus on defense and intelligence related issues. She studied abroad in Jerusalem, Israel in 2011 and in Bologna, Italy throughout her first year of graduate studies. In addition, she has reached a professional working proficiency level in Arabic and an intermediate working proficiency level in Hebrew through combined graduate and undergraduate study.
Jessica Hart is an experienced defense and national security analyst with a background in foreign military force analysis, nuclear strategy, and defense policy. Jessica served as a deployed intelligence analyst in Afghanistan for six months in 2012, providing direct support to ISAF commanders. In 2014, she was awarded the Director of National Intelligence Professionals Award Unit Citation for Intelligence Integration.
Jessica has excelled in both the think tank and defense contracting realms and has extensive experience writing for and briefing senior policy makers and defense community leaders. Her work has been published by the Strategic Studies Institute and the National Defense University.
Jessica received a M.A. in International Affairs from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University and a B.A. in Political Science and English from Clemson University.
Jessica maintains a Top Secret Security clearance.