WARREN D. HOLSTON
As a career Technical Operations Officer, Mr. Warren Holston has worked throughout the Intelligence Community, Department of Defense, and defense industry for more than 30 years. He has served as a U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Diver, a collection officer and senior manager in the Central Intelligence Agency, and a Subject Matter Expert for the Department of Defense U.S. Special Operations Command. Mr. Holston has managed and conducted counterterrorism, covert action, and technical collection operations worldwide and is recognized as having significantly contributed to the national security of the United States of America. He was awarded the CIA’s Intelligence Commendation Medal for “conceiving of, and implementing, a clandestine sensor operation against a high priority denied area intelligence target” and the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal for “superior performance in the conduct of clandestine operations in the CIA.”
AMBASSADOR COFER BLACK
Ambassador Cofer Black is an internationally acknowledged, 30-year career U.S. government leader and expert in counterterrorism and national security. During 2002–2005, at the Assistant Secretary of State level, he reported to the Secretary of State for developing, coordinating, and implementing American counterterrorism policy. He served a 28-year career at CIA, reaching Senior Intelligence Service (SIS-4) level as Director, Counterterrorist Center (D/CTC) during the 9/11 period, including launching the response against Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and worldwide.
He completed six successful operational CIA tours abroad in field management positions focusing oncounterterrorism, and addressed regional security issues, counterintelligence, and covert action. His awards include the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the highest award for performance; the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal; the Donovan Award; as well as the Exceptional Collector Award for 1994, among others. He served as Special Advisor on foreign policy to Governor Mitt Romney during his 2008 and 2012 Presidential election campaigns. Ambassador Black earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in International Relations from the University of Southern California.
Mr. White has worked for the U.S. government in a broad range of roles and missions within the Intelligence and Defense Communities for almost 30 years. Mr. White began his career in the enlisted ranks of the U.S. Air Force. He earned a commission and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel select. He has directed and managed imagery and signals collection operations on sensitive U.S. government platforms and led a variety of intelligence analysis units focused on delivering national security products to policymakers. Since his retirement from the Air Force, Mr. White has focused on identity intelligence, biometrics, behavioral analysis, and biographical data. He has served as a Deputy Senior Operations Officer and Identity Intelligence Analyst at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) and as a biometrics technology consultant in the Intelligence Community.
Mr. White has supported activities in the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), National Security Agency (NSA), National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), and Air Force Intelligence. He has been a guest speaker at the CIA’s Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis, Department of Defense’s Joint Special Operations University, and National Signatures Symposium.
Mr. White is the CEO, Spartan Security Consulting, LLC, which specializes in identity intelligence,management and services.
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