Dr. Max G. Manwaring is a Professor of Military Strategy in the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) of the U.S. Army War College (USAWC). He has held the General Douglas MacArthur Chair of Research at the USAWC, and is a retired U.S. Army colonel. He has served in various civilian and military positions, including the U.S. Southern Command, the Defense Intelligence Agency, Dickinson College, and Memphis University. Dr. Manwaring is the author and coauthor of several articles, chapters, and books dealing with Latin American security affairs, political-military affairs, and insurgency and counterinsurgency. His most recent book is Insurgency, Terrorism, and Crime: Shadows from the Past and Portent for the Future, University of Oklahoma Press, 2008. His most recent article is “Sovereignty under Siege: Gangs and Other Criminal Organizations in Central America and Mexico,” in Air & Space Power Journal (in Spanish), forthcoming. His most recent SSI monograph is A Contemporary Challenge to State Sovereignty: Gangs and Other Illicit Transnational Criminal Organizations in Central America, El Salvador, Mexico, Jamaica, and Brazil. Dr. Manwaring holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Illinois, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.
After postdoctoral research and stints with government, engineering firms, and the National Research Council of Canada, Hassan Masum is now Senior Research Co-ordinator with the McLaughlin-Rotman Center for Global Health in Toronto and a contributor to WorldChanging.com. www.hmasum.com.
Dr. Joseph Markowitz is without question the most qualified Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) pioneer in the ranks of those presently in or retired from U.S. government service. As the only real chief of the Community Open Source Program Office (COSPO) he tried valiently to nurture a program being systematically undermined by both the leadership and the traditional broadcast monitoring service. When he moved on to advise the Defense Science Board, he served America well by helping them fully integrate the need for both defense open source information collection and exploitation, and defense information sharing with non-governmental organizations. His persistent but diplomatic efforts merit our greatest regard.
Thomas W. Malone (http://cci.mit.edu/malone/) is the Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is also the founder and director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence and author of the book The Future of Work. Professor Malone has published over 75 articles, research papers, and book chapters; he is an inventor with 11 patents; and he is the co-editor of three books: Coordination Theory and Collaboration Technology, Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century, and Organizing Business Knowledge: The MIT Process Handbook. For further information about the Center, please visit: http://cci.mit.edu.
Paul Martin was the 21st Prime Minister of Canada and is the Member of Parliament for LaSalle-Émard in Montreal, Quebec. He was first elected federally in 1988.
Currently Martin co-chairs, with Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai, a $100 million poverty alleviation fund for the Congo Rainforest Basin and is leading a new initiative in Northern Ontario designed to help Aboriginal youth complete high school.
Martin studied philosophy and history at St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto and is a graduate of the University of Toronto Law School. He was called to the bar in Ontario in 1966.
Founder and President of www.TheTransitioner.org, an international research network and think tank of pioneers who are committed to support the emergence of global wisdom driven organizations. Formerly he was one of the co-founders of AOL France and led an assortment of innovative high-tech companies.
Ellen Naylor, CEO, The Business Intelligence Source
Ellen Naylor has 30 years of sales and marketing experience across many industries. She initiated a competitive intelligence (CI) process at Bell Atlantic (Verizon subsidiary) and conducted financial competitive analysis and economic forecasting at Northwest Airlines. She started her career in sales, first in fine jewelry and later in telecommunications products and services, where her customers were major financial services companies.
George Pór is an advisor to leaders in international business and government. Former Senior Research Fellow at INSEAD, currently he is a PrimaVera Research Fellow in Collective Intelligence at Universiteit van Amsterdam and Publisher of the Blog of Collective Intelligence. His clients include: British Petroleum, EDS, Ericsson, European Commission, European Foundation for Management Development, European Investment Bank, Ford Motor Co., Hewlett Packard, Intel, Siemens, Sun Microsystems, Swiss Re, and Unilever. He can be reached at George(at)Community-Intelligence.com.
The book would not have been possible without the help of George Por and Tom Atlee, and this is acknowledged at the book’s dedication page. It is also understood that the book is a snapshot of the emerging discipline, and that the conversation will continue, assisted by George Por, at http://cic.evolutionarynexus.org.
Arpan Patel is Director of Somat Engineering, Inc’s Information Engineering practice in Washington, DC. Mr. Patel has over 17 years of technology, financial advisory and operations experience.
He began his career as an investment banker at leading firms including Lehman Brothers, Lazard Frères, Wasserstein Perella and Credit Suisse First Boston, advising leading corporations and financial buyers on complex financings and M&A transactions exceeding $5 billion.
In recent years, he has gained significant operational experience and insight as a technology and financial services entrepreneur. He previously cofounded eFrontiers, a pioneering online asset management platform for institutional investors, and Plans365, a recognized developer of online personal finance and collaboration solutions.
Mr. Patel holds a BA in economics from The Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from The University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Robert Young Pelton is perhaps the greatest journalist-adverturer on the planet. This is a man that gets kidnapped by accident, is recognized by the leader of the kidnappers, and is promptly released with apologies and an honor guard. His book World’s Most Dangerous Places and his TV series Come Back Alive are among the most extraordinary “ground truth” offerings available to the public and admired by the spies. In his every waking moment, in his every action, in his every report, he embodies the true spirit of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT).
Dame Pauline Neville-Jones is Chairman of QinetiQ Group plc, formerly the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) which is in the process of privatisation by the British Government. She is also International Governor of the BBC with special responsibility for BBC World Service (radio) and BBC World (TV). She was previously a Managing Director in NatWest Markets, the then investment-banking arm of the NatWest banking group, and Vice Chairman of Hawkpoint Partners, a corporate Advisory house in the City of London. Prior to that, she was a career member of the British diplomatic service serving, among other places, in Singapore, Washington DC, the European Commission in Brussels and Bonn. She was a foreign affairs adviser to Prime Minister John Major, chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee in Whitehall and leader of the British delegation to the Dayton peace conference on Bosnia. She was made a Dame Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George in 1996 and is an honorary Doctor of London and the Open Universities. She is a Council member of the Royal United Services Institute, a member of the Executive Committee of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and of the Advisory Council of the Centre for European Reform in London.
Wies Platje is a retired lieutenant commander of the Royal Netherlands Navy. For over thirty years he held various functions within the Netherlands Navy Intelligence Service. He is a member of the NISA Board and one the organisers of the NISA/IDL International conference on Peacekeeping and Intelligence in November 2002 in The Hague, and subsequently one of the Editors of the first book devoted to this topic. He is the author of a book about the Netherlands Navy Intelligence Service, published in 1997 and one of the contributors to Secrets of Signals Intelligence during the Cold War and Beyond (London: Frank Cass Publishers 2001).