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Board of Directors

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LTG (USA, Ret) Mary A. Legere, Chair

Retired Lieutenant General Mary A. Legere, former Senior Intelligence  Officer for the U.S. Army, is a Managing Director at Accenture Federal Services (AFS), and co-leads Accenture’s National Security and Intelligence practice, focusing on bringing Accenture’s global capabilities, services and fed-fit best practices to national defense intelligence and cyber clients.

 

Prior to joining Accenture in October 2016, Mary brings 34 years of experience leading intelligence, security and cyber organizations, including directing the Army’s enterprise of 58,000 intelligence professionals, commanding the Army’s 17,000-person global Intelligence Command, and serving as the Senior Military Intelligence Officer in Iraq and the Republic of Korea.  In addition to bringing the best to Defense and Intelligence clients, she serves as the Chairwoman of the National Military Intelligence Foundation and on the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation board, and as an advisor to several intelligence and cyber organizations. 

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MG (USAF, Ret) Linda Urrutia‐Varhall, Vice Chair

Major General Linda “UV” Urrutia-Varhall (Ret) is a global, award-winning executive leader and advisor with 30+ years’ experience across Intelligence, Cyber, Security, Space, Geospatial and Aerospace in the U.S., Asia, Middle East, Europe, and Latin America. As a trusted adviser, she led as right hand to three SecDefs and the DNI, advising Cabinet-level officials,  National Intelligence Agencies, Congress and the White House on aligning objectives, developing and executing strategies and policies, and diplomacy initiatives to advance security.

She led as Defacto Deputy to Cabinet-level officials and as a senior leader at the NGA, she was responsible for over 7,500 people and a $1.2B budget focused on geospatial operations, setting and leading strategy execution for the inclusion of Geospatial data. She cultivated strategic, global partnerships and galvanized disparate groups to embrace emerging technologies and innovative solutions, asking the right questions to address strategic and operational challenges.

Linda was instrumental in estabishing cyber infrastructure and strategy while leading the newly created cyberspace wing, including 1,300 people and $72M budget. At NGA, she trained over 14,500 people to execute operations in the event of crisis or nuclear attack.

She led global ISR with 14,000 people across 70 global locations, developing strategies, requirements, and policies for air, space, and cyber portfolio. She established and led strategy for geospatial expansion, including, commercial, open source, satellites and airborne imagery information as well as forged novel multi-agency partnerships and multi-national cooperation. She was also key  in the reorganization and restructure of the largest U.S. Air Force unit in an unprecedented 6 months.

A thought leader and diversity champion on cyber, security, intelligence, geospatial, national security and defense, she has been featured on television, radio and numerous publications.  Linda is recognized as the first Latina US Air Force Academy graduate & USAF Officer to attain the rank of Major General and was the recipient of the NMIF’s Major General Jack Thomas National Military Intelligence Officer of the Year Award in 1998.

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LTC (USA, Ret) Stephen Iwicki, President

LTC Stephen Iwicki retired from the U.S. Army in 2005 after serving a twenty-year career as an Intelligence Officer.  He has extensive experience managing every facet of the intelligence process from raw intelligence collection and processing to strategic-level analysis supporting White House Cabinet members with  operational / combat experience in DESERT SHIELD/STORM, Haiti, Somalia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.  He culminated his military career as Director of Army Intelligence Transformation responsible for developing fully integrated strategic planning, guidance, and execution of a significant redesign of Army intelligence personnel, capabilities and organizational structure while at war. 

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Iwicki began his industry career with SAIC (now Leidos) in September 2005 serving as a Program Manager and progressed through the management ranks.  He since served in senior executive management positions with General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), SOS International (SOSi) and Octo Consulting (Octo).  In these roles, he typically executed oversight and management of over 50 programs and ~1,5000 globally dispersed employees supporting the U.S. Intelligence, Defense, and Department of Justice communities. 

Stephen received a bachelor's degree in Decision Sciences and Computers from Rider University and a master's degree in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University.   He is a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Course and attended executive training at the Darden School of Business. 

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LTC (USA, Ret) Ken Diller, Vice President

Mr. Ken Diller retired from the Army in 2005 after a successful career as a Military Intelligence Officer. During this time, he worked on various assignments that included Battalion through Army-Level Intelligence Operations, served as Chief of the Army’s G2’s Initiative Group, Deputy Commander of the 501st MI BDE (Korea), and Military Intelligence Battalion Commander. In 2005, he joined Oberon, followed by Stanley, and CGI (through acquisitions) as the Vice President of the Army & Intelligence Operations, managing classified lines of business consisting of more than 450 SME’s, deployed world-wide, with annual revenue of $150M.  Most recently, Ken led corporate growth opportunities for Fulcrum, a mid-sized Defense Contracting Company, responsible for developing and prosecuting a pipeline of more than $6B, implementing industry leading capture and proposal processes, forming a recognized BD, Capture and Proposal Team, and was directly responsible for growing Fulcrum by more than $150M in annual revenue growth of the company over a five-year period.  Following Fulcrum’s acquisition by Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), He was selected as the Senior Director for the Defense and Intelligence Group, consisting of more than 800 cleared personnel, deployed world-wide, with annual revenue of $200M.   In July 2019, based upon a long standing working relationship with Intrepid Solutions, Ken joined the Intrepid team as the Executive Vice President for Operations and Growth.  He will be supporting the Intrepid Strategic Vision focused on aggressive growth organically and through Mergers and Acquisitions, facilitating the Intrepid goal of providing outstanding service to our Customers throughout the DoD and IC, and the commitment to work in partnership with our employees, customers and teammates.  Ken graduated from Wright State University with a B.S. in Business Communications. He is a graduate of the Defense Intelligence College Post Graduate (Master’s) Intelligence Program and also earned a Master’s degree in Military Art and Science (MMAS-Intelligence) from the Army’s Command and General Staff College.

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CW3 (USA, Ret) Todd Robinson, Treasurer

Todd is a 37 year Intelligence professional, and is President and CEO of Mojo Technology Group, an intelligence solutions company.

 

He served more than 20 years in the intelligence community with National Security Agency assignments at NSA Hawaii, NSA Georgia, and Commander of Det Utah.  Todd also served in Special Forces assignments at 1st and 3rd Special Forces Groups as well as duty at 313th MI bn and 319th MI Bn.

 

Todd is a winner of the LTC Nicholson award from actions after 9/11 and is recently been added as a Board Member of the National Military Intelligence Foundation.

 

His post military career includes positions as VP of Programs - SAIC, VP of Engineering - ISC, President of Chenega Federal Systems, and Chief Operating Officer of ABSC.

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Natalie Wells

Natalie Wells is the youngest NMIF board member in our organization’s history. Natalie is a lead project manager and systems engineer at Virginia Tech - Applied Research Corporation (VT-ARC) supporting research tasks supporting defense and security focus areas. Previously, Natalie spent 5 years as a mission analyst at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) where she focuses on solving complex research, engineering, and analytical problems relating to cyber operations, homeland protection, special operations, and strategic deterrence. Natalie received her Master’s Degree in Systems Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering. Previously, Natalie graduated Summa Cum Laude from Mercyhurst University’s Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences. There, she completed an undergraduate degree in Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences with minors in Arabic and Islamic Studies as well as Psychology. Natalie is a recipient several prestigious awards including the National Military Intelligence Foundation (NMIF) Undergraduate Scholarship, the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) Peter Jasin Endowment Scholarship, the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (AFCEA) STEM Majors Undergraduate Scholarship, and the Mercyhurst University Robert Heibel Service Award.

Prior to joining JHU/APL, Natalie worked at the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Navy. She also led a team of 30 analysts for the Mercyhurst Anti-Human Trafficking Intelligence Center, conducting ad hoc analyses to aid non-governmental organization efforts to rescue victims of human trafficking globally. Some of her early analytic experience includes projects assessing global influence, critical infrastructure cybersecurity, and various projects focused on global human trafficking.

Dr. Christopher E. Bailey

Dr.  Christopher E. Bailey is an Associate Professor at the National Intelligence University in Bethesda, Maryland specializing in national security law, international law, and professional ethics. He is also an adjunct instructor in the Master of Science in Cyber Security program at the University of Charleston (West Virginia).  Dr. Bailey is licensed to practice law in California and the District of Columbia, and is a member of the American Society of International Law. He has an LLM degree in National Security & U.S. Foreign Relations Law, as well as an SJD degree in International and Comparative Law, from the George Washington University School of Law. He has published a book on Counterterrorism Law and Practice in the East African Community (Brill, 2019), as well as numerous articles in The International Journal of Intelligence Ethics, The American Intelligence Journal, and multiple law journals. He has a forthcoming law review article (Piracy Prosecutions in Kenyan Courts) scheduled for this fall in the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law.

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Dr. David Kritz

Dr. David J. Kritz is the Assistant Department Chair for Intelligence Studies in the School of Security and Global Studies at the American Military University, where he teaches doctoral and graduate courses in the intelligence disciplines and research design and methods. Previously he was the Program Director and an Assistant Professor of the College of Strategic Intelligence and Associate Professor of National Security and Leadership Studies at the National Intelligence University. He is a retired U.S. Air Force intelligence officer who has been on several deployments to various countries within the Middle East. His research portfolio includes ethical leadership, cognitive diversity, and intelligence and national security issues.

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LtCol (USAF, Ret) James Eden

James Eden retired from the US Air Force in 1988 as a Lieutenant Colonel.  He served as an Air Defense Master Weapons Controller and Operations Officer prior to transitioning to USAF Intelligence in 1970. He served 4 years as an Imagery Interpreter at the 544th ARTW at Hq Strategic Command then Graduated from the DIA Intelligence College in 1975. He also spent 4 years at the Foreign Technology Division in Ohio prior to being selected for Squadron Command. He also served on the Hq USAF Intelligence (AF/IN) staff in several positions, including as Director Joint Staff Support (AF/INJ). He also completed Air War College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces during that time. In 1984 he was assigned to the Director’s Staff Group in the Defense Intelligence Agency to provide direct support senior OSD leadership. In 1988 he retired from the USAF and accepted a position in DIA. He was selected to lead the DIA office that provided direct daily liaison and support to OSD. He traveled frequently with and provided DIA support to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs and the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy. He also supported every Secretary of Defense from Caspar Weinberger to Donald Rumsfeld.  In 2004 he began a leading DIA Middle East North Africa Analysis Division during multiple crises in the region.  He led the DIA  Crisis Cell effort during Arab Spring, initiated and coordinated a new process with NSA that simplified access to key reporting. He retired from DIA in 2014 as MARC Chief of Foreign Engagements after 27 years of service. He is the recipient of the Directors Medal and holds a BA in Political Science and an MBA. In addition to his NMIF role, he is also on the Board of Directors for the Defense Intelligence Alumni Association.

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COL (USA, Ret) Jim Edwards

Jim Edwards has supported our nation’s security as a soldier, civil servant, and industry leader for four decades. He is currently a business development executive at Perspecta, focusing on clients in the Intelligence Community. He began his career as an Army intelligence officer and retired after 25 years of service in airborne, cavalry, aviation and intelligence units in Germany, Panama, and the United States, and with wartime tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia. As a Colonel, he served as the G3 of the Army’s Airborne Corps, commanded the Army’s first Battlefield Surveillance Brigade in combat, and was the senior intelligence officer for the Army’s largest command. Mr. Edwards’ civil service includes assignments as a senior civilian at the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command and as an analyst for a federal intelligence agency where he briefed members of the National Security Council staff and wrote items for the President’s Daily Briefing. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce from the University of Virginia and Master’s degrees in Business Administration, Strategic Intelligence, Military Operational Art, and National Security Studies.

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Col (USAF, Ret) Mike Grebb

Colonel Mike Grebb, USAF, Ret. has 30 years of intelligence service in signals intelligence, all-source analysis, intelligence support to the combatant commands, program analysis, and strategic planning in industry and Government. His military assignments included squadron-level assignments in Greece and Thailand; intelligence staff work at Fifth Air Force in Japan; "J2" analyst in the Defense Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency military support, the Air Staff, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he was the Deputy Director for Signals Intelligence. In the private sector, he was the Director of Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Architectures and a program manager at the Betac Corp. in Alexandria VA and a systems analyst with The MITRE Corp., supporting sponsors at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. He is currently employed by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). He served in the National Counterproliferation Center, ODNI’s Office of Policy, the Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community and the Office of the Assistant DNI for Federal, State Local and Tribal Information Sharing. Col Grebb is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Indiana University, M.A. and Georgetown University, J.D. He was as a Board member and Treasurer of our legacy National Military Intelligence Association and served as Treasurer of NMIF for many years.

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Steven Horrell

Steven Horrell served as a U.S. Navy Intelligence Officer for thirty years, from commissioning as a Special Duty Intelligence Officer upon his graduation with the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1991 to retiring as a Captain in 2021. He holds a BS in History from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Post-Graduate Intelligence Program certificate from the Defense Intelligence College, and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

 

His thirty years of active-duty service included several overseas postings in the Indo-Pacific and in Europe. He has deployed multiple times, both afloat and ashore, to the U.S. European Command, U.S. Central Command, and U.S. Africa Command regions. From 2012 to 2015 he served as the Director of Intelligence at Joint Intelligence Operations Center Europe Analytic Center, RAF Molesworth (JAC  Molesworth), leading 300 intelligence professionals executing all of Commander, U.S. European Command’s intelligence analysis and production. Captain Horrell was selected for the 2015 Vice Admiral  Rufus L. Taylor Award for Leadership – The NMIF’s annual award for leadership and exceptional dedication to duty within the naval intelligence community

 

Other recent active-duty experience includes serving on the staff of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare (OPNAV N2/N6), as the Defense Intelligence Agency Reserve Integration Office Deputy Director, and as the 2015-2016 U.S. Navy Federal Executive Fellow to the Atlantic Council.

 

Since retiring from active duty, Mr. Horrell continues to contribute to the national security community as a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), and as an adjunct professor for the College of Distance Education of the U.S. Naval War College.

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CAPT(USNR, Ret) Rick Myllenbeck

CAPT Rick Myllenbeck is a 41-year veteran with the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve.

 

1976: Enlisted in the Navy during the Cold War, and became an Aircrewman in P-3 aircraft.

1980: Joined the U.S. Naval Reserve and continued to fly missions over the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

1988: Accepted a direct commission into the U.S. Navy Reserve Intelligence Program and served in various

scientific, technical and analytical intelligence commands on both coasts.

2001: Mobilized to the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) in Washington, D.C., as a deputy IT division head.

2003: Served as the first Command Marketing Officer at ONI as a civilian.

2007: Mobilized to Multi-National Force-Iraq where he was the Chief of Current Intelligence in Baghdad.

2009: Mobilized to the International Security Assistance Force in Kabul, Afghanistan where he worked as the Executive Officer to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence.

2010: Qualified as a Navy Information Warfare Intelligence Officer.

2011: Accepted a by-name request from the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, to be the Chief of Integration for the Director in the Pentagon on active duty orders.

2012: Named a senior member of the National Commission for the Review of the R&D Programs for the U.S. Intelligence Community, which delivered its discerning, far-reaching study to Congress in 2013.

2012: Named Director of Reserve Intelligence Operations (N2R) for the Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

2013: Joined DIA to help establish the agency’s Reserve Integration Office.

2015: Became the Commanding Officer of JICCENT-0274, a joint Reserve intelligence unit based in Jacksonville, FL that provides real-world intelligence support to the U.S. Central Command.

2016+: Joined NGA as the agency’s Industry Engagement Officer – part of the newly-formed Office of Ventures and Innovation.

 

As a civilian, CAPT Myllenbeck worked in the high-technology industry in the Silicon Valley for more than 30-years in various public relations and marketing management assignments. During that time, he worked with companies including Apple Computer (personal computers), Novell (networking), Creative Labs (audio and 3D graphics), Sybase (database software) and IBM (software division). He was also

 

CAPT Myllenbeck earned his B.A. degree with honors in Public Relations from San Jose State University and is Accredited in Public Relations (APR) through the Public Relations Society of America. He is an associate member of the Board of Directors of the National Military Intelligence Foundation and a Legislation Liaison Volunteer for the Association of the U.S. Navy. CAPT Myllenbeck is married to the former Elizabeth DeWitt, and together they have four adult children. They maintain residences in Kenwood (Sonoma County), California and Alexandria, Virginia; and also own and operate a highly acclaimed California-inspired wine tasting room and bistro located in the metro Washington, D.C. area.

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Robert Smith

Robert A. “Bob” Smith is currently President and chief executive officer of “ProtectionMetrics” LLC, a security and intelligence training consulting firm as well as an adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Maryland, Global Campus, School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Education & Public Service, Criminal Justice and Intelligence programs.   Concurrently, Bob also serves as a board member of the International Association for Intelligence Education. 

 

Bob retired as the Special Agent In-Charge of the United States Secret Service Office of Protective Operations in 2001, after a 25 – year career to serve as the Deputy Assistant Director of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) at Cheltenham, MD.

 

Bob served in the U.S. Air Force from 1966 to 1970 with assignments in the: 346th Military Airlift Command, Abilene, TX; Detachment 1, 56 Special Operations Wing (Laos and Thailand 1967-1968) and 2d Bomb Wing, Barksdale, AFB. 


Bob received his BA in criminal justice and criminology from the University of Maryland and his Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College, now the National Intelligence University.  Bob has published several articles relative to intelligence training and education in the International Association for Intelligence Officers. “Intelligencer Journal,” and the International Association for Chiefs of Police “Police Chief Magazine.”  

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Col (USA, Ret) Dr. William C. Spracher

Dr. William C. Spracher is a Professor on the faculty of the National Intelligence University and currently heads the NIU Writing Center.  Arriving in 2004 to work as a contracted editor in the research center of his alma mater (having graduated from the Defense Intelligence School in 1977 and the Defense Intelligence College in 1985), he has taught courses on Globalization, Social Analysis, Latin America, Peacekeeping & Stability Operations, Leadership & Management in the Intelligence Community, and Thesis Methodology.

 

A career Military Intelligence and LATAM Foreign Area Officer, with early service in his detail branch Armor, he was Defense Attaché to Colombia (1995-98) and Army Attaché to Peru (1994-95), previously serving as a division chief in J2, U.S. Southern Command, in Panama and senior Latin America analyst for the Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, G2, in the Pentagon. Bill holds a BS from the U.S. Military Academy, an MA in international relations from Yale University, an MMAS in political-military studies from the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College, and an EdD in higher education administration from George Washington University. His final tour prior to retirement as a colonel in 2000 was Military Professor/XO at the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, National Defense University. Earlier he was an Assistant Professor in USMA's Social Sciences Department teaching U.S. government, comparative politics, and Intelligence & public policy. He was a charter member of the National Military Intelligence Association (NMIA) in 1974, the FAO Association in 1995, and the International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE) in 2004, and is also active in the Intelligence Studies Section of the International Studies Association.

 

Most recently, he was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Society in Gettysburg. Bill's hobbies are writing, military history, international travel, and singing both in his church choir and the West Point Alumni Glee Club, which often performs at the NMIF Intelligence Awards Banquet. He was honored to receive the Forrest R. Frank Award in 2018, presented annually for dedicated service to NMIF. Bill has served as editor of NMIF's American Intelligence Journal since 2009.

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