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.
Jory Bentley 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 Innovations, Jory worked as an international strategic consultant and a financial services professional. Her areas of focus have included geopolitical risk analysis, competitive intelligence, due diligence, social media analytics, and regulatory compliance. She also served as an Africa Division Intern for the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) assisting in the development of partner state capacity building programs and assessing the economic and security environment within the region.
Jory received a M.A. in Strategic Studies and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C. and a B.A. in Business Administration from California State University Fullerton (CSUF). Jory maintains working proficiency in Spanish.