The OpsLens Team

Drew BerquistDrew Berquist

Editor in Chief

Drew Berquist is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief for OpsLens. Drew served as a counterterrorism officer for the United States Intelligence Community, where he performed more than thirty deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan to conduct intelligence operations against the Taliban, al-Qai’da and more recently ISIS. Drew has commented on national security matters on Fox and Friends, Lou Dobbs, Dennis Miller and a number of other shows throughout the country.

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Mike BlakeyMike Blakey

General Manager

Mike Blakey is the OpsLens General Manager and is an Air Force Veteran. Following his time in the Air Force, Blakey performed more than thirty deployments to the Middle East in order to conduct covert action and counterterrorism operations for the United States Intelligence Community.

Ron HammondRon Hammond

Senior Advisor/Board Member

Ron Hammond is Senior Advisor and Board Member for OpsLens. Hammond is a former CIA Operations Officer and US Army Guard Officer. He has over 28 years in the Intelligence Community where he focused on the Middle East and South Asia, more specifically on combating terrorism and stopping the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Following his career in the intelligence and military communities, Hammond started and sold several highly respected companies in the defense industry. Additionally, he serves as a Board Member for several technology companies.

Gary BerntsenGary Berntsen

Senior Advisor

Gary Berntsen is a Senior Advisor and Contributor for OpsLens. He is also the bestselling author of Jawbreaker and a former senior CIA Case officer who was among the first into Afghanistan following the attacks on 9/11. Gary frequently makes appearances on Fox News, NewsMax and other major outlets to comment on matters of national security.

Nick NicholsNick Nichols

Senior Advisor

Nick Nichols is an OpsLens Advisor and retired Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Special Forces. Following his 25-year military career , Nichols then served as a covert action officer for over 15 years in the U.S. Intelligence Community. Nichols has over 65 deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq and throughout other Middle East, South East Asia, and East Africa countries.

Stephen OwsinskiStephen Owsinski

Content Manager

Stephen Owsinski is an OpsLens Content Manager and Contributor. Owsinski is a retired law enforcement officer whose career included assignments in the Uniformed Patrol Division and Field Training Officer (FTO) unit. He is currently a researcher and writer. Follow Stephen on Twitter @uniformblue.

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Sheena HutchisonSheena Hutchison

Social Media Coordinator

Sheena Hutchison is the OpsLens Social Media Coordinator and a Guest Contributor. She has nearly a decade of experience in domestic and international political analysis and campaign strategy. As a ghostwriter for a former Reagan-appointed ambassador to the United Nations, much of her work has focused on national security issues and advancing America's interests."

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The OpsLens Contributors

Bart MarcoisBart Marcois

OpsLens Contributor

Bart Marcois (@bmarcois) was the principal deputy assistant secretary of energy for international affairs during the Bush administration. Additionally, Marcois served as a career foreign service officer with the State Department. He is a director at the Richard Richards Foundation.

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T.B. LefeverT.B. Lefever

OpsLens Contributor

T.B. Lefever is an active police officer in the Metro-Atlanta area. Throughout his career, Lefever has served as a SWAT Hostage Negotiator, a member of the Crime Suppression Unit, a School Resource Officer, and a Uniformed Patrol Officer. T.B. is also a certified Field Training Officer. He has a BA in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Rutgers University. Follow T.B. on Twitter @tblefever.

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Brian BrinkerBrian Brinker

OpsLens Contributor

Brian Brinker is a political consultant and has an M.A in Global Affairs from American University.

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Marjorie K. EastmanMarjorie K. Eastman

OpsLens Contributor

Marjorie K. Eastman is a US Army Veteran. Eastman served 10 years in the Army Reserve, including two combat deployments. She received a Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge. She is also a 2017 National Independent Publisher Award winning author of The Frontline Generation: How We Served Post 9/11.

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Dan HarrisDan Harris

OpsLens Contributor

Dan Harris retired after more than 31 years of service at the Central Intelligence Agency, conducting and managing intelligence operations across five continents.

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Chris CarterChris Carter

OpsLens Contributor

Chris Carter is the Director of the Victory Institute, and deputy regional director of the U.S. Counterterrorism Advisory Team. His work appears at The US Report, International Analyst Network, Human Events, Canada Free Press, Family Security Matters, Deutsche Welle,, Blackfive and other publications. Chris is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, non-commissioned officer in the South Carolina State Guard, and retired firefighter.

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Chris EricksonChris Erickson

OpsLens Contributor

Chris Erickson is a former U.S. Army Special Forces soldier. He spent over 10 years in the Army and performed multiple combat deployments, as well as various global training missions throughout the world. He is still active in the veteran community and currently works in the communications industry. Follow him @EricksonPrime on Twitter.

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Katie BegleyKatie Begley

OpsLens Contributor

Katie Begley is a US Naval Academy graduate and former Surface Warfare Officer. In addition to being a military spouse, she is a freelance writer specializing in travel, education, and parenting subjects. Katie has worked in numerous communications roles for volunteer organizations and professionally for a local parenting magazine.

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Matthew WadlerMatthew Wadler

OpsLens Contributor

Matthew Wadler is a U.S. Army veteran. Matt served in the Army for 20 years as both enlisted and officer before retiring. His service includes time as Military Police, Field Artillery, Adjutant General, and Recruiting. His deployments include Somalia and two tours to Afghanistan. His formal education includes a master’s degree in HR Management. He is a strong supporter of the constitution and advocate for the military and veteran communities. Follow Matthew on Twitter @MatthewWadler.

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Mubin ShaikhMubin Shaikh

OpsLens Contributor

Mubin Shaikh is a co-host of the Talking Terrorism Podcast. He is a former undercover counter terrorism operative having infiltrated extremist and terrorist groups (in both social and human networks) and is now an external Subject Matter Expert on ISIS for the Command Staff of CENTCOM, the United Nations Security Council, the United Nations Counter Terrorism Executive Directorate and trains/lectures to (Coalition countries) police, intelligence and special operations forces on the terrorist threat.

Chris CastellanoChris Castellano

OpsLens Contributor

Christopher Castellano is a U.S. Army Veteran. He currently serves as a firefighter in New York City.

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Angelina NewsomAngelina Newsom

OpsLens Contributor

Angelina Newsom is a U.S. Army Veteran. She has ten years experience in the military, including a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. She studies Criminal Justice and is still active within the military community.

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Steve PomperSteve Pomper

OpsLens Contributor

Steve Pomper is a retired Seattle police officer, and the author of four non-fiction books, including Is There a Problem, Officer? and the upcoming De-Policing: A Street Cop’s View of the Anti-Police State. He served as a field-training officer, on the East Precinct Community Police Team, and as a precinct mountain bike coordinator. He has a BA in English Language and Literature. He enjoys riding his Harley and hiking and cycling with his wife who is also an English major as well as a retired firefighter.

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Brandon BlackburnBrandon Blackburn

OpsLens Contributor

Brandon Blackburn is the co-host of the Talking Terrorism Podcast and a former CIA Counterterrorism Officer. During his time in the CIA, Blackburn served multiple tours in the Middle East; including Iraq, Jordan, and in Afghanistan. Since departing the agency, Blackburn co-founded Tip Of The Spear Productions and Consulting, where he and his team work on media productions aimed at telling the stories of law enforcement and military and also consults with law enforcement and private businesses on national security related issues. Additionally, he is a Consulting Producer for “Live PD” on A&E. Blackburn also holds a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and an MBA with a concentration in International Business.

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Chris WagonerChris Wagoner

OpsLens Contributor

Chris Wagoner is a U.S. Army Veteran and has been in law enforcement the last 35+ years. He specializes in LE Firearms Instruction, and is in charge of a large Police Academy in North Florida. In his spare time Chris is a freelance writer and posts his articles on "Down Range with Chris Wagoner".

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Luis RuedaLuis Rueda

OpsLens Contributor

Luis Rueda is a retired CIA Operations Officer with over 28 years of experience in the clandestine service. During his storied career with the CIA, Rueda served as Chief of Station New Delhi and Chief of Iraq Operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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Dan DeyoDan Deyo

OpsLens Contributor

Dan Deyo is a former Soviet Ground Force analyst for the CIA. Deyo is also author of the book “Legions of the East: A Compendium of the Russian Army in the First World War.”

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Morgan DeaneMorgan Deane

OpsLens Contributor

Morgan Deane is a former U.S. Marine Corps infantry rifleman. Deane also served in the National Guard as an Intelligence Analyst. He is the author of the forthcoming book Decisive Battles in Chinese history, as well as Bleached Bones and Wicked Serpents: Ancient Warfare in the Book of Mormon.

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Chad StorlieChad Storlie

OpsLens Contributor

Chad Storlie is a retired Lieutenant Colonel with 20-plus years of Active and Reserve service in infantry, Special Forces, and joint headquarters units. He served in Iraq, Bosnia, Korea, and throughout the United States. He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Special Forces Tab, and the Ranger Tab. Chad is author of two books: "Combat Leader to Corporate Leader" and "Battlefield to Business Success." Both books teach how to translate and apply military skills to business. He has been published in The Harvard Business Review blog, Business Week Online, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, and over 40 other publications. He has a BA from Northwestern University and an MBA from Georgetown University. Follow Chad @Combattocorp.

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Michael HarrisMichael Harris

OpsLens Contributor

Michael Harris is a co-host of The Hooch podcast. Harris a retired U.S. Army Infantryman with 21 years of service. During his career Harris deployed to Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq on three separate occasions.

Dennis RossDennis Ross

OpsLens Contributor

Dennis Ross is a retired Senior Intelligence Analyst with over 26 years experience with the Department of Defense and Homeland Security. Ross was the recipient of numerous accolades to include the Director of Central Intelligence, National Medal of Achievement.

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Rob ManessRob Maness

OpsLens Contributor

Rob Maness is a former US Senate candidate and retired Air Force Colonel with over 32 years of military service. During his storied career, Colonel Maness began fighting terrorism as an enlisted Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician and as an officer led numerous combat operations, including as a bomber squadron commander in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He served at the Pentagon as a Nuclear Operations Officer on the Joint Chief of Staff advising the President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on theater nuclear plans and operations, as Vice Wing Commander of the USAF's largest airborne intelligence wing, and finally as a Wing Commander commanding one of our nation's largest military installations and it's largest nuclear operations mission. Colonel Maness is a survivor of the 9/11 Pentagon attack. He is now the owner of Iron Liberty Group. Follow him on Twitter @RobManess.

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Jon HarrisJon Harris

OpsLens Contributor

Jon Harris is a former Army NCO, Sergeant Morales Club member, civilian law enforcement officer, and defense contractor with over 30 years in the law enforcement community. He is published in Army Trainer Magazine, authored regular columns in several newspapers, and is the author of the Cold War novel Breakpoint. His adventures as a security contractor in Afghanistan and Iraq can be found on He holds a B.S. in Government and Politics and an M.S. in Criminal Justice and is currently completing his Juris Doctor degree.

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Chris BolenderChris Bolender

OpsLens Contributor

Chris Bolender is a retired U.S. Marine Corps Captain. During his 16 years of service he served in multiple combat zones. Among his positions were Electronic Warfare Module Supervisor aboard the USS Harry S. Truman, Senior Tactical Air Traffic Director at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand Province, Afghanistan and Ballistic Missile Defense Detachment Commander during three North Korea missile crises (2012 - 2013). He is currently a writer specializing in film screenplays, non-fiction, memoir, and children's books.

Samuel SiskindSamuel Siskind

OpsLens Contributor

Samuel Siskind studied intelligence research at the American Military University in West Virginia. He served as a squad commander in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) Corp of Combat Engineers, in the Corps' ground battalions and later in its Intelligence Wing at regional and divisional stations. For the past past five years, Samuel has worked as a consultant and researcher on physical and information security issues for private and governmental institutions, in the US, Africa, India, and Israel. He currently lives in Jerusalem.

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Coy MackCoy Mack

OpsLens Contributor

Coy Mack is the co-host of The Hooch podcast. Coy is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, serving in Afghanistan with the 2nd Battalion 7th Marines in 2008.

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David ThorntonDavid Thornton

OpsLens Contributor

David Thornton is a retired law enforcement officer.

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Josh GarrisonJosh Garrison

OpsLens Contributor

Josh Garrison is a U.S Army Veteran with over 50 combined deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Josh is a Purple Heart recipient who served operationally in varied roles with a U.S. Army Long Range Surveillance Unit and other government agencies involved in intelligence and counterterrorism missions.

Dr. Katherine HarrisDr. Katherine Harris

OpsLens Contributor

Dr. Katherine (Kat) Harris is a veteran spouse, expat, and former military contractor with over 20 years of expertise in military/family transition, career counseling, higher education, organizational strategic planning, and international relations. She has conducted seminars and workshops for many Department of Army commands, plus many non-profit and community associations. She served as a translator and liaison for American, British, French, and German civilian/military communities in Berlin and Helmstedt, Germany. Academically, Dr. Harris holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Studies from The University of Maryland European Division, a Master of Arts in International Relations from Boston University, and a Doctorate in Education from Rowan University with an emphasis in leadership and higher education in a global context.

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Michael FurlongMichael Furlong

OpsLens Contributor

Michael Furlong is a career Army Infantry Officer, Battalion Task Force Commander, Combat Veteran, and retired Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service.

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Robert AlvarezRobert Alvarez

OpsLens Contributor

Robert Alvarez is a retired police officer with over 23 years of experience as a S.W.A.T. team leader, firearms instructor, police motorcycle instructor, and patrolman.

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L. Todd WoodL. Todd Wood

OpsLens Contributor

L. Todd Wood is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and flew special operations helicopters supporting Tier One elements. After leaving the military, he pursued his other passion, finance, spending 18 years on Wall Street trading emerging market debt, and later, writing. The first of his many thrillers is “Currency.” Todd is a national security columnist for The Washington Times and has contributed to Fox Business, Newsmax TV, Moscow Times, the New York Post, the National Review, Zero Hedge, The Jerusalem Post, and others. He is also Editor-in-Chief of For more information about L. Todd Wood, visit

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Lewis WagonerLewis Wagoner

OpsLens Contributor

Lewis Wagoner is a former Navy SEAL. Following his career in the Navy, Lewis served as a police office for more than 30 years, which included time in SWAT. He now is a Certified FBI Self Defense and Arrest Techniques Instructor. He is also a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Jeremiah McCloudJeremiah McCloud

OpsLens Contributor

Jeremiah D. McCloud is a former U.S. Marine Corps intelligence officer. McCloud spent nearly four years as an enlisted Marine, then attended the U.S. Naval Academy where he earned a BS in International Relations. McCloud deployed to Afghanistan, and has since acquired an MBA from the University of Virginia in International Business and Communications.

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Ex UmbraEx Umbra

OpsLens Contributor

Ex Umbra is a pen name used for the security of an experienced senior counterterrorist operative currently working outside of the US government.

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Ray WalkerRay Walker

OpsLens Contributor

Ray Walker is a retired Senior Intelligence Officer of the CIA with more than 20 years of overseas experience and a total of more than 30 years of service. He is a supporter of the Heritage Foundation and is actively involved in a small non-profit organization dedicated to helping wounded vets from recent mid-east conflicts make the transition to civilian life.

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