OUR TEAM OF EXPERTS
The Threat Knowledge Group team is composed of national security practitioners, policy experts and academics. Leading this team is TKG Chairman Dr. Sebastian Gorka.
Sebastian Gorka, PhD
Chairman, Threat Knowledge Group
Dr. Sebastian Gorka was born in the UK to parents who escaped Communism during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. He is an internationally recognized authority on issues of national security, irregular warfare, terrorism and democratization. A graduate of the University of London, and Corvinus University, Budapest, he was Kokkalis Fellow at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and holds a Ph.D. in political science. In the UK he served with 22 Company of the Intelligence and Security Group (V) of the British Territorial Army reserve but is now a proud American.
Previously the founding Director of the Institute for Transitional Democracy and International Security, after September the 11th 2001, he spent four years on the faculty of the Program on Terrorism and Security Studies at the George C. Marshall Center in Germany. He has published in excess of 140 monographs, book chapters and articles, many for the JANES Group of the UK, and most recently “Understanding the Enemy” for Special Warfare the official publication of US Army Special Operations Command.
Dr. Gorka advises and briefs at the highest levels of the US Special Operations community, as well as having briefed the National Intelligence Council, the FBI, and the National Counter Terrorism Center. He is a regular instructor at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, Fort Bragg.
Dr. Gorka has advised the Office of the Secretary of Defense regarding the draft guidance for US Strategic Communications and was consulted by USSOCOM during the drafting of the new Joint Operating Concept for Irregular Warfare. He is a founding member of the Council for Emerging National Security Affairs and was awarded the Joint Civilian Service Commendation by US Special Operations Command.
2011 saw the publication of Toward a Grand Strategy Against Terrorism by McGraw Hill, which he was a contributor and co-editor for along with Dr. Chris Harmon and the late COL Nick Pratt (USMC). With Dr. David Kilcullen he co-authored a study of Al Qaeda’s use of strategic communications for the Praeger title Influence Warfare.
Dr. Gorka is currently heading up a strategic support project for US Army Special Operations Command as part of Lt. General Charles Cleveland’s Army Special Operations Forces 2022 initiative.
See his website, TheGorkaBriefing.com for his latest national security analysis and commentary.
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Ilan Berman is vice president of the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, DC. An expert on regional security in the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Russian Federation, he has consulted for both the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Department of Defense. Mr. Berman is a member of the Associated Faculty at Missouri State University’s Department of Defense and Strategic Studies. He also serves as a columnist for Forbes.com and The Washington Times and as the Editor of The Journal of International Security Affairs. Mr. Berman is the editor of Dismantling Tyranny: Transitioning Beyond Totalitarian Regimes and Taking on Tehran: Strategies for Confronting the Islamic Republic, and the author of three others, including Winning the Long War: Retaking the Offensive Against Radical Islam and Implosion: The End of Russia and What It Means for America.
Anthony H. Cordesman
Anthony H. Cordesman holds the Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy at CSIS. He is a recipient of the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal. During his time at CSIS, he has completed a wide variety of studies on energy, U.S. strategy and defense plans, the lessons of modern war, defense programming and budgeting, NATO modernization, Chinese military power, the lessons of modern warfare, proliferation, counterterrorism, armed nation building, the security of the Middle East, and the Afghan and Iraq conflicts. Cordesman has traveled frequently to Afghanistan and Iraq to consult for MNF-I, ISAF, U.S. commands, and U.S. embassies on the wars in those countries, and he was a member of the Strategic Assessment Group that assisted General Stanley McChrystal in developing a new strategy for Afghanistan in 2009. He frequently acts as a consultant to the U.S. State Department, Defense Department, and intelligence community and has worked with U.S. officials on counterterrorism and security areas in a number of Middle East countries.
Dr. Martin van Creveld
Dr. Martin van Creveld, Emeritus Professor of the Hebrew University, is perhaps the world’s leading authority on the transformation in modern warfare. Dr. van Creveld is the author of seventeen books on military history and strategy, of which Command in War (1985), Supplying War: Logistics from Wallenstein to Patton (1977, 2nd edition 2004), The Transformation of War (1991), The Sword and the Olive (1998) and The Rise and Decline of the State (1999) are among the best known. He has lectured or taught at many strategic institutes in the Western world, including the U.S. Naval War College. Of particular significance is his 1991 book The Transformation of War (UK: On Future War), which was translated into French, German, Russian, and Spanish. In this treatise of military theory, van Creveld develops what he calls the non-trinitarian theory of warfare, which he juxtaposes to the famous work by Clausewitz, On War. The book was included on the list of required reading for United States Army officers, and (with Sun Tzu and Clausewitz) the third non-American entry on the list. He studied history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and earned an MA. From 1969 to 1971, he studied history at the London School of Economics and received a PhD. His doctoral dissertation on Hitler’s strategy in the Balkans during the early years of World War II was later published into a book
Dr. John J. Dziak
Dr. John J. Dziak is President of Dziak Group, Inc., an intelligence consulting firm. Dr. Dziak is also a Senior Fellow at the International Assessment & Strategy Center for counterintelligence, terrorism, and strategic deception issues. He is a consultant to the National Intelligence Council and serves as an Adjunct Professor at the National Intelligence University. He has served almost five decades as a corporate president and as a senior intelligence officer and executive in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and in the Defense Intelligence Agency. Dr. Dziak was the first director of the Masters Degree Program in Strategic Intelligence at the Defense Intelligence School, the original predecessor to the current National Intelligence University. He is the author of Chekisty: A History of the KGB.
Ambassador Alberto M. Fernandez
Ambassador Alberto M. Fernandez is Vice President of Middle East Media Research Institute. He served as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer from 1983 to 2015, in Equatorial Guinea, the Republic of Sudan, Afghanistan, Jordan, Syria, and Guatemala. He was the State Department’s Coordinator for the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications from March 2012 to February 2015. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor, he was a recipient of a 2008 Presidential Meritorious Service Award, the 2006 Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Public Diplomacy, and a 2003 Superior Honor Award for his work in Afghanistan. A graduate of the University of Arizona and the Defense Language Institute, he served in the U.S. Army (1976-1979), having come to the United States as a refugee from Cuba in 1959.
Dr. James Forest
Dr. James Forest is Professor and Director of the Security Studies program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and is also a Senior Fellow with the U.S. Joint Special Operations University. He previously served on the faculty of the United States Military Academy (2001-2010), six of those years as Director of Terrorism Studies. Dr. Forest has published 20 books and dozens of scholarly articles, and is co-editor of the journal Perspectives on Terrorism. He has served as an expert witness for terrorism-related court cases, and has provided testimony to committee hearings of the U.S. Senate. His degrees are from Boston College, Stanford University and Georgetown University.
Katharine Cornell Gorka
Katharine Cornell Gorka has been focusing on Islamist ideology for the past 8 years, first as executive director of the Westminster Institute (2008-2014) and now as president of Threat Knowledge Group, where she works closely with U.S. government agencies, law enforcement and the intelligence community. Katharine lived in Budapest, Hungary, for 12 years, first as the regional head of the USAID-funded Democracy Network Program, where she was responsible for programs in 11 Eastern and Central European countries and later as co-founder of the Institute for Transitional Democracy and International Security (ITDIS). She co-edited, with Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo, Fighting the Ideological War: Winning Strategies from Islamism to Communism.
Dr. Tawfik Hamid (Tarek Abdelhamid)
Dr. Tawfik Hamid (Tarek Abdelhamid) is Senior Fellow and Chair for the Study of Islamic Radicalism at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. Dr. Hamid is the author of Inside Jihad: Understanding and Confronting Radical Islam. Dr. Tawfik Hamid, is an Islamic thinker and reformer who twenty-five years ago recognized the threat of Radical Islam and the need for a reformation based upon modern peaceful interpretations of classical Islamic core texts. Dr. Hamid’s exceptional knowledge of the jihadi mindset has led him to be a guest speaker at many private and governmental fora – both within the US and internationally such as the US Congress, Director of National Intelligence DNI, the Pentagon, and the European Parliament.
Trey Herr is a Senior Research Associate at the Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute and a PhD Candidate in political science at George Washington University. His research focuses on the relationship between state power and information security including trends in state developed malicious software, the structure of criminal markets for malware, and the regulatory environment for “cyber weapons”. He is also a non-resident fellow with New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative where he works on risk assessment and information security insurance.
Brian Michael Jenkins
Brian Michael Jenkins, senior adviser to the president at the RAND Corporation, is the author of Will Terrorists Go Nuclear, and editor of The Long Shadow of 9/11: America’s Response to Terrorism. He formerly served as chair of the Political Science Department at RAND. Commissioned in the infantry, Jenkins became a paratrooper and a captain in the Green Berets. He is a decorated combat veteran, having served in the Seventh Special Forces Group in the Dominican Republic and with the Fifth Special Forces Group in Vietnam. He returned to Vietnam as a member of the Long Range Planning Task Group and received the Department of the Army’s highest award for his service. In 1996, President Clinton appointed Jenkins to the White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security. From 1999 to 2000, he served as adviser to the National Commission on Terrorism and in 2000 was appointed to the U.S. Comptroller General’s Advisory Board. He is a research associate at the Mineta Transportation Institute, where he directs the continuing research on protecting surface transportation against terrorist attacks.
Thomas Joscelyn is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and senior editor of The Long War Journal, a widely read publication dealing with counterterrorism and related issues. Much of his research focuses on how al Qaeda and its affiliates operate around the globe. Mr. Joscelyn was the senior counterterrorism adviser to Mayor Giuliani during the 2008 presidential campaign. He has testified before Congress on numerous occasions, including before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, House Homeland Security Committee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, and House Judiciary Committee. Mr. Joscelyn is also a frequent contributor to The Weekly Standard. His work has been published by a variety of other publications, including Associated Press, Reuters, The Washington Post, USA Today, TIME, Foreign Policy, and many others, and he makes regular appearances on television and radio programs.
Dr. James Kiras
Dr. James Kiras is Associate Professor of Comparative Military Studies at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, and has over 10 years of experience in the realms of academia, defense policy, and national security. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and a Master’s degree in History/International Relations from the University of Toronto. Dr. Kiras successfully defended his PhD dissertation at the University of Reading in 2004. He is a recognized author on the subject of special operations, terrorism, and irregular warfare with numerous book chapters and articles to his credit. He is the author of Special Operations and Strategy: From World War II to the War on Terrorism which was published in March 2007.
Captain Steve Lambert
Captain Steve Lambert of the Virginia State Police is currently the commander of the Criminal Intelligence Division in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. This division is responsible for the operations of the Virginia Fusion Center, a multi-disciplined information and intelligence sharing capability focused on criminal investigative support and fighting terrorism. Lambert has been with the Virginia State Police for over 28 years, where he has acquired skills in emergency management, interrogation, firearms use, crime prevention, public safety, and counterterrorism, among others.
Sylvia Longmire is a retired Air Force Captain and former Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. During her eight years with AFOSI, she conducted numerous criminal investigations and worked extensively in the fields of counterintelligence, counterespionage, and force protection. During her last assignment, Ms. Longmire worked at HQ AFOSI as the Latin America desk officer, analyzing issues in the US Southern Command area of responsibility that might affect the security of deployed Air Force personnel. From 2005 to 2009, Sylvia worked as a senior intelligence analyst for the California state fusion center and the California Emergency Management Agency’s Situational Awareness Unit, focusing on Mexican drug trafficking organizations and southwest border violence issues. For the last six years, she has regularly lectured on terrorism in Latin America at the Air Force Special Operations School’s Dynamics of International Terrorism course. Her first book, Cartel: The Coming Invasion of Mexico’s Drug Wars (Palgrave Macmillan), was published in September 2011, and has been nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Ms. Longmire provides services as an expert witness for Mexican immigration and asylum request cases.
Edward Lucas is a senior editor with The Economist of London. He has more than 30 years’ experience dealing with the countries of central and eastern Europe, with postings which include Berlin for the BBC in 1988, stringing for The Economist in communist-era Czechoslovakia and later in the Baltic States, and being editorial director of the Economist Intelligence Unit in Vienna. In 1996 he became Berlin correspondent and in 1998 Moscow Bureau Chief. He is the author of Deception, a book about Russian espionage, published in March 2012. His first book was the The New Cold War published in February 2008. He is a regular broadcaster on international and British outlets, including the BBC’s “Today” programme, “Start the Week” and “Newsnight.” He is a non-resident fellow at CEPA, a think-tank in Washington, DC. From 1992 to 1994, Lucas was managing editor of The Baltic Independent, a weekly newspaper published in Tallinn. He holds a BSc from the London School of Economics, and studied Polish at the Jagiellonian University, Cracow. His latest work, The Snowden Operation was published as an e-book in 2014.
Richard Marquise is a Vice President with the Institute for Intergovernmental Research. He was appointed as the Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training (SLATT) Program in September 2010, after serving as an instructor for the program since 2002. Before joining IIR, Mr. Marquise was employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for 31 years. He was the Special Agent in Charge of the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Division. During the late 1980s, he was chief of the Terrorist Research and Analytical Center (TRAC) at FBI Headquarters. He also led a Middle-Eastern terrorism unit that managed FBI investigations worldwide. Following the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988, Marquise led the American Task Force through the indictments in 1991 and continued to play an active role through the trial’s successful resolution in 2001.
Dr. Jeffrey Moore
Dr. Jeffrey Moore is the CEO of Muir Analytics. He earned his PhD in Thai counterinsurgency strategies and tactics from the University of Exeter in the UK in 2011. He has a BA in political science and an MA in US history with a concentration in military affairs from East Carolina University. Dr. Moore has worked as an instructor for the Department of Defense and security consultant since 1998. He has supported the US Army’s Plans and Operations Division (G-3) and The Department of Defense’s Force Transformation, among others. He also taught counterterrorism and COIN at National Defense University
Dr. Martin W. Murphy
Dr. Martin W. Murphy is a Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council of the United States. Dr. Murphy is an expert on Africa and modern maritime piracy, with a specific focus on piracy in Sub-Saharan Africa. His studies focus mainly on piracy in Nigeria and Somalia, as well as the study of Islamism as a whole. He has written extensively on small boat operations as a source for irregular warfare and terrorism on the high seas.
Timothy Newberry is a founder and CEO of White Canvas Group LLC, where he has provided development, delivery and subject matter expertise support within the open source and publicly available information digital space to US Special Operations Forces, various organizations within the Department of Defense and large Fortune 1000. Prior to White Canvas Group, Tim was a Submariner for eight years of active duty service while completing various assignments in the Pacific, Iraq and Washington D.C. areas. He is a graduate from the US Naval Academy, where he earned a BS in Computer Science. He has an MS in Engineering Management from Catholic University, a masters level equivalent in Nuclear Engineering for US Naval Nuclear Power Plant operations, and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of New Haven where his focus is on the intersection of new age digital challenges and cyber-crime.
General (Ret.) Carlos Alberto Ospina-Ovalle
General (Ret.) Carlos Alberto Ospina-Ovalle is the Chief of Defense Chair in the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies at the National Defense University. As an infantry officer, General Ospina has completed the Colombian Army courses in Military Parachuting, Special Forces, and Counterguerilla Operations. In the United States, he has completed the U.S. Army Airborne Basic Course and Advanced Infantry Officer Course, Fort Benning, Georgia; he is a graduate of National Defense University, Fort McNair, D.C. As an instructor, his assignments have included positions as professor of Military History at the Military School of Cadets, Instructor for the Lancero (Ranger) course, and as a guest instructor at the War Academy of the Chilean Army and the U.S. Army School of the Americas. He has commanded the 33rd Infantry Battalion, 13th Military Police Battalion, The School of Lanceros (Rangers), the 2nd Mobile Brigade, the Fourth Army Brigade, and the 4th Army Division. He has also served as Army Chief of Operations (E-3) and Inspector General of Military Forces. Following his designation as the next Commander of the Army by President Uribe, he was sworn in on August 15th, 2002.
Celina Realuyo, founding President of CBR Global Advisors LLC, specializes in U.S. national security strategies to combat illicit networks, terrorism, transnational organized crime, and threat finance in the Americas. She is a former U.S. diplomat, an international banker with Goldman Sachs, State Department Director of Counterterrorism Finance Programs, and professor at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. She briefs regularly in English and Spanish on “Managing U.S. National Security in 21st Century,” “Following the Money Trail to Combat Terrorism, Crime, and Corruption,” and “Combating Illicit Networks in an Age of Globalization.”
Robert R. Reilly
Robert R. Reilly served in the Office of The Secretary of Defense, where he was Senior Advisor for Information Strategy (2002-2006). He participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, as Senior Advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of information. Before that, he was director of the Voice of America. Mr. Reilly has served in the White House as a Special Assistant to the President (1983-1985), and in the U.S. Information Agency both in DC and abroad. In the private sector, he spent more than seven years with the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI), as both national director and then president. He was on active duty as an armored cavalry officer for two years, and attended Georgetown University and the Claremont Graduate University. He has published widely on foreign policy, “war of ideas” issues, and classical music. His latest book, The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist Crisis, was recently published by ISI Press.
Paul Rosenzweig is the founder of Red Branch Consulting PLLC, a homeland security consulting company and a Senior Advisor to The Chertoff Group. Mr. Rosenzweig formerly served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy in the Department of Homeland Security. He is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute. He also serves as a Professorial Lecturer in Law at George Washington University. He is the author of Cyber Warfare: How Conflicts in Cyberspace are Challenging America and Changing the World and of the video lecture series, Thinking About Cybersecurity: From Cyber Crime to Cyber Warfare from The Great Courses.
Dr. Michael Rubin
Dr. Michael Rubin is a former Pentagon official whose major research areas is the Middle East and diplomacy. Rubin instructs senior military officers deploying to the Middle East and Afghanistan on regional politics, and teaches classes regarding Iran, terrorism, and Arab politics on board deploying U.S. aircraft carriers. Rubin holds a Ph.D. in Iranian history from Yale University, has lived in post-revolution Iran, Yemen, both pre- and post-war Iraq, and spent time with the Taliban before 9/11. His newest book, Dancing with the Devil: The Perils of Engaging Rogue Regimes examines a half century of U.S. diplomacy with rogue regimes and terrorist groups.
Dov S. Zakheim
Dov S. Zakheim is a Senior Fellow at the CNA Corporation and a Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Previously, he was Senior Vice President of Booz Allen Hamilton, where he led the firm’s support of the U.S. Combatant Commanders worldwide. From 2001 to 2004, he was Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Defense. From 2002 to 2004, he was also the DOD’s coordinator of civilian programs in Afghanistan. Dr. Zakheim chairs the National Intelligence Council’s International Business Practices Advisory Panel, and is a member of the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Dr. Zakheim is the author of over a dozen books. He received a B.A. in government from Columbia University, studied at the London School of Economics, and earned a Ph.D. in Economics and Politics from St. Antony’s College at the University of Oxford. He is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group.