The OpsLens Team
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Drew Berquist | Founder & 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 forty deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan to conduct intelligence operations against the Taliban, al-Qai’da and more recently ISIS. A vast majority of said deployments were on behalf of the CIA. Drew has commented on national security matters on Fox and Friends, Lou Dobbs, Dennis Miller and a number of other shows throughout the country.
Mike Blakey | General Manager and Senior Contributor
Mike Blakey is a Senior OpsLens Contributor and 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.
Gary Berntsen | Senior Contributor
Gary Berntsen is a Senior OpsLens Contributor, 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.
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Brandon Blackburn | Senior Contributor
Brandon Blackburn is a Senior OpsLens Contributor and former CIA Counterterrorism Officer with a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and an MBA with a concentration in International Business. During his time with the CIA, Brandon served multiple tours in the Middle East, to include Iraq and Jordan, and in Afghanistan. Brandon consults with businesses and media on national security related issues with his consulting firm B4B Enterprises. He can be followed on Twitter @Bran_Blackburn.
Thomas Armbruster | Senior Contributor
Thomas Armbruster is a Senior OpsLens Contributor and former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of the Marshall Islands. In his long career as an American diplomat, Thomas Armbruster served as the Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Vladivostok, Russia, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tajikistan, Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, Political Affairs Officer and Nuclear Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia; and Vice Consul at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Cuba. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he was a reporter for the CBS affiliate KGMB-TV in Hawaii. Mr. Armbruster holds a B.A. from McDaniel College, an M.A. from St. Mary’s University, and an M.S. from the Naval War College.
Josh Garrison | Senior Contributor
Josh Garrison is a Senior OpsLens Contributor 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.
Michael Furlong | Senior Contributor
Michael Furlong is a Senior OpsLens Contributor. Furlong is a career Army Infantry Officer, Battalion Task Force Commander, Combat Veteran, and retired Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service.
Stephen Owsinski | Senior Contributor
Stephen Owsinski is a Senior OpsLens Contributor and 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.
Chris Wagoner | Senior Contributor
Chris Wagoner is a Senior OpsLens Contributor and U.S. Army Veteran . He 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 Military Reporter and owner/founder of the Largest Military Videos Channel on YouTube “3rdID8487“.
Matthew Wadler | Senior Contributor
Matthew Wadler is a Senior OpsLens Contributor and 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.
T.B. Lefever | Active police officer in the Metro-Atlanta area
Rene C. Sotolongo | Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer
Chad Storlie | Former U.S. Army Special Forces
Jeremiah D. McCloud | Former U.S. Marine Corps intelligence officer
Jon Harris | Former Army NCO and civilian law enforcement officer
Brian Brinker | Political consultant
Lewis Wagoner | Former U.S. Navy SEAL and retired law enforcement officer
Ava Jacobs | Spouse of a U.S. Air Force Veteran and former CIA counterterrorism official
Heidi Welte | U.S. Navy veteran
Rhett Miller | Former counterintelligence official
Morgan Deane | Former U.S. Marine Corps infantry rifleman and National Guard Intelligence Analyst
Ronald Bennett | Former Air Force veteran and CIA counterterrorism official
Joe Boatwright | Retired Military Intelligence officer
Wayne McLaughlin | U.S. Army veteran
Angelina Newsom | U.S. Army Veteran
Chris Castellano | U.S. Army Veteran and current NYC Firefighter