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Advisory Board Members

General Michael Hayden
General Michael V. Hayden, USAF (ret.)
Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency. Former Principal Deputy, Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Retired four-star U.S. Air Force General with nearly 39 years active duty experience. Currently a Principal with the Chertoff Group.
Ambassador John Bolton
Ambassador John Bolton
Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. and Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. Currently Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute and Fox News contributor.
Jeremy Bradshaw
Jeremy Bradshaw
Attorney, banker, and Newsmax contributor. Chairman of the London think tank, the Britain Club. He currently is Director of the London-based Argo Capital Management hedge fund.
Arnaud DeBorchgrave
Arnaud DeBorchgrave
Former Newsweek chief foreign correspondent, editor of the Washington Times, chairman of UPI. Currently Director and Senior Adviser, CSIS Transnational Threats Project.
Fritz Ermarth
Fritz Ermarth
Former CIA senior official. Served as Chairman of the National Intelligence Council, National Intelligence Officer for the USSR and East Europe and Director of the Strategic Evaluation Center. Served as Special Assistant to the President during Ronald Reagan's presidency and Senior Director for Soviet and European Affairs in the National Security Council.
Richard Grenell
Richard Grenell
Former spokesman for the United States mission to the U.N. during the Bush administration. Currently runs an international public affairs firm based in Los Angeles.
Congressman Peter Hoekstra
Congressman Peter Hoekstra
Former member of Congress and Chairman, House Intelligence Committee. Currently Senior Advisor, Dickstein Shapiro, LLP and Michigan U.S. Senate candidate.
Ambassador Otto Reich
Ambassador Otto Reich
Former U.S. ambassador to Venezuela under President Reagan. Former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs and Presidential Special Envoy for the Western Hemisphere during the George W. Bush administration. Currently President of Otto Reich Associates, LLC.
Frederick Rustmann
Lord Risby
After graduating in Economics from Cambridge University, Richard Risby went into the financial services industry, including at Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers, before entering the House of Commons in 1992. His roles included deputy Conservative spokesman on foreign affairs, Shadow Treasury Minister and Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party. From 2000-2009 he was a Governor of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy. In 2010 he went into the House of Lords and is currently Prime Ministerial Trade Envoy.
Frederick Rustmann
Frederick Rustmann
Served for over 24 years in the CIA Clandestine Service. Was a member of the CIA's elite Senior Intelligence Service. Held CIA assignments in eight countries in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Currently Chairman and Founder of CTC International Group, Inc., a private intelligence firm. Author of CIA, Inc.
Douglas Schoen
Douglas Schoen
Former political advisor to President Clinton. International pollster and advisor to governments, corporations and individuals around the globe. Author and Fox News Analyst.
Douglas Schoen
Talbott Bryan Maxey
Has served as advisor to Planet Hope, Liiv, Liiv MD, and Newsmax Media. Previous held media positions with Conde Nast US and Conde Nast UK. Grandfather, David Tennant Bryan, founded Richmond-based Media General. Active in philanthropy.
Douglas Schoen
Andrew Neil
Andrew Neil is a publisher, broadcaster and company chairman working out of London, New York, Dubai and the South of France. A BBC anchor and news commentator, Mr. Neil also serves as Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Press Holdings Media Group, publishers of Britain's The Spectator, Spectator Australia and Apollo, the world-renowned art magazine. He acts as Chairman of ITP, a Dubai-based company that is the Gulf's largest magazine publisher. Mr. Neil has previously served as Editor of the Economist, Editor of the Sunday Times of London, Executive Chairman of Sky Television and Publisher of the Scotsman Group..
Ambassador Faith Ryan Whittlesey
Ambassador Faith Ryan Whittlesey
Former senior advisor to President Reagan and Ambassador to Switzerland. Currently Chairman Emeritus of the American Swiss Foundation.

Analysis Team

Jack Caravelli
Jack Caravelli, Director
Dr. Jack Caravelli has had extensive experience in both the intelligence and policymaking sides of the US government. He joined the Central Intelligence Agency as a Soviet strategic forces analyst in 1982 and spent the next fourteen years with the Agency in various analytic, staff and managerial positions. In 1996 he was selected to serve on the White House National Security Council Staff as Director for Nonproliferation with responsibility to the president for the formation of US nonproliferation policy on Russia and the Middle East. In 2000 he moved to the Department of Energy to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the department's nonproliferation threat reduction programs on Russia and other states of the former Soviet Union.

Since leaving government service in 2005, Caravelli has remained active in various national security activities. He is the author of several books on nonproliferation and foreign policy issues and co-editor of a book on strategizing resilience. Caravelli is a Visiting Professor at the UK Defense Academy and lectures at Oxford University where he is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Pluscarden Program on Intelligence and Terrorism. His undergraduate and graduate degrees are from Georgetown University .
Frederick Fleitz
Frederick Fleitz, Chief Analyst

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Mr. Fleitz joined the Central Intelligence Agency during the directorship of William J. Casey and served as a senior analyst for almost two decades. During the administration of President George W. Bush, Mr. Fleitz served as chief of staff to John Bolton, then Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. In 2006, Mr. Fleitz became a professional staff member with the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, acting as a senior advisor to Rep. Peter Hoekstra, the committee chairman and later ranking Republican member.

During an intelligence and public career spanning 25 years, Mr. Fleitz specialized in global, international and economic security, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, peacekeeping, the United Nations, arms control and intelligence collection. His duties have taken him to hot spots around the globe as a representative of the United States. Mr. Fleitz is the author of Peacekeeping Fiascoes of the 1990s (Praeger) and is completing a book on how 9/11 changed the role and effectiveness of U.S. intelligence. Mr Fleitz holds an MA in Political Economy from Fordham University and a BA in Politics from Saint Joseph's University.

Mark A. Groombridge
Mark A. Groombridge, Senior Analyst

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Dr. Groombridge has an extensive background in international affairs. Between 2001 and 2008, he served as a senior adviser at the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York, and the U.S. Commerce Department. In these positions, he was responsible for a wide range of international security and trade issues, including nuclear proliferation, dual-use export controls, and proliferation financing. He was heavily involved in diplomatic efforts to curb North Korea's nuclear weapons program and was a delegate to the Six-Party Talks on North Korea. Prior to his service in government, Dr. Groombridge was a research scholar at both the Cato Institute and the American Enterprise Institute. He is the author (with Claude E. Barfield) of Tiger by the Tail: China and the World Trade Organization, as well numerous articles on U.S. foreign policy in Asia. Dr. Groombridge's work has been widely cited and he has appeared on many national and international programs. Dr. Groombridge has taught at George Washington, Johns Hopkins, and Columbia University. In addition to his current affiliation with the Langley Intelligence Group, he serves as the Executive Director of Decide America, an organization dedicated to generating discussion on national security. Dr. Groombridge holds a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University and a B.A. in Chinese and International Relations from the University of Minnesota.
Lisa M. Ruth
Lisa M. Ruth, Senior Analyst
Ms Ruth was a CIA analyst and officer for 11 years where she specialized in complex, high profile issues in several areas. After leaving the government, Ms. Ruth co-founded C2 Research, LLC, a boutique research and analysis firm in West Palm Beach, Florida. She currently is Managing Partner of C2 Research and is a Vice President at CTC International Group, Inc., a private intelligence firm. Ms. Ruth holds a BA in International Relations from George Mason University and an MA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.
David Wurmser
David Wurmser, Senior Analyst
Dr. Wurmser has 11 years of intelligence experience -- for which he was awarded the prestigious Defense Meritorious Service Medal -- in the U.S. Navy Reserves, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Commander. From 2003 to 2007, Dr. Wurmser served as the senior advisor to Vice President Cheney on the Middle East. From 2002 to 2003, Dr. Wurmser was a senior advisor to Under Secretary of State John Bolton. Before entering government, Dr. Wurmser founded the Middle East studies program at the American Enterprise Institute. Dr. Wurmser holds a PhD from Johns Hopkins University in International Relations. Dr Wurmser is the founder and executive member of the Delphi Global Analysis Group, LLC, a firm which specializes in conducting geopolitical risk due diligence and crafting mitigation strategies for firms operating or investing in the Middle East.
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