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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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Drew Berquist | Founder & Editor

Drew Berquist served as a counterterrorism officer and senior intelligence consultant for the United States Intelligence Community, where he performed more than thirty deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan to conduct operations.  He received specialized training from multiple intelligence agencies, including the CIA, DIA and NSA.

Berquist speaks to audiences and comments on national security and political matters.  He has been a guest on FOX and Friends, Lou Dobbs, Dennis Miller and a number of other shows throughout the country. Follow Drew and his staff of veteran contributors on Facebook or on Twitter at @OpsLens.


Brandon Blackburn | Senior Contributor

Brandon Blackburn is an 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 an 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 an 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.

OpsLens Contributors

Stephen Owsinski | Retired law enforcement officer

Joe Boatwright | Retired Military Intelligence officer

T.B. Lefever | Active police officer in the Metro-Atlanta area

Rene C. Sotolongo | Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer

Wayne McLaughlin | U.S. Army veteran

Jeremiah D. McCloud | Former U.S. Marine Corps intelligence officer

Brian Brinker | Political consultant

Zachary Smith | Former employee at Department of Veterans Affairs

Chris Wagoner | U.S. Army Veteran and retired law enforcement officer

Matthew Wadler | U.S. Army veteran

Ava Jacobs | Spouse of a U.S. Air Force Veteran and former CIA counterterrorism official

Joe Padgett | Former U.S. Army combat medic.

Heidi Welte | U.S. Navy veteran

Rhett Miller | Former counterintelligence official

Edward Perrin | U.S. Army veteran

Morgan Deane | Former U.S. Marine Corps infantry rifleman and National Guard Intelligence Analyst

Ronald Bennett | Former Air Force veteran and CIA counterterrorism official