1976 - B.A. Rutgers University, Phi Beta Kappa
1984 - Officer Training School, Commissioned Officer, US Air Force. Career in HUMINT, retiring with the rank of Major from the Reserves in 2006.
Mid-1990s - Contract Interpreter, Ukrainian language, US Department of State.
1997 - PhD in History, University of Virginia.
2001 - 2014, Intelligence Officer, Defense Intelligence Service. Retired as GS-15.
Numerous operational tours and deployments around the world throughout the course of a thirty-year government career including Russia, Ukraine, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Bosnia, Macedonia, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
Numerous military awards and decorations including Bronze Star with Valor for direct combat action in Afghanistan in November, 2001.