The OpsLens Team

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Ron Hammond

FOUNDER AND CEO

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.

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Gary 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.

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Jon 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 www.dispatchfromdownrange.com. 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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Shelly Mateer

EDITOR

Shelly Mateer is a former CIA officer and author of Single in the CIA, Mission: Stand Down and the Mingling in the CIA series, as well two children’s picture books, Mommy Thinks She’s a Monster and The Lemon Seed. She’s also the creator of the Cooking in the CIA app, the BurpMitt® product line and a comical children’s music album Mommy’s Gone Mad!

Most of her books are inspired and influenced by her experiences working undercover for the CIA’s Directorate of Operations.

Denny Ross

Denny Ross

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Dennis Ross is a retired Senior Intelligence Analyst with 27 years experience within the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. He specialized in Middle East weapons of mass destruction programs (DoD) and homegrown violent extremism (DHS). Ross was the recipient of numerous accolades to include the Director of Central Intelligence, National Medal of Achievement.

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Bart Marcois

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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.

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Morgan Deane

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Morgan Deane is a free lance author, military historian, and former US Marine. His military analysis has been published by Fox News, Real Clear Defense, Washington Examiner and many others. His books include Decisive Battles in Chinese History  and the forthcoming, Beyond Sunzi: Classical Chinese Debates on War and Statecraft.
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Chris 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 SWAT Magazine, Human Events, Canada Free Press, Deutsche Welle, NavySEALs.com, Lifezette, and other publications. Chris is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, warrant officer in the South Carolina State Guard, and retired firefighter.

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Dr. 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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Samuel 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 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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Grant Mattox

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

Grant Mattox spent 10 years in the US Army, where he served first as a platoon leader and then entered Special Forces Assessment and Selection in 2001. Upon Special Forces Qualification Course graduation, Grant served as a Special Forces Officer from 2004-2008 and deployed to the Middle East twice from 2004-2006.

Grant is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and is currently an executive at a fortune 500 company.

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Stew Peters

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

Stew Peters has spent over a decade searching for some of the most violent criminals wanted by the Court. He’s the host of The Patriotically Correct Radio Show, also known as “PC Radio”, which is co-hosted with fellow fugitive hunter Richard Leonard.

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Committee on the Present Danger: China

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

The mission of the Committee on the Present Danger: China is to help defend America through public education and advocacy against the full array of conventional and non-conventional dangers posed by the People’s Republic of China.

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Kevin Freeman is the Host of Economic War Room, a digital media and weekly broadcast financial news show that provides new market insights to the challenges America and Wall Street face today. Kevin Freeman is considered one of the world’s leading experts on the issues of Economic Warfare and Financial Terrorism. He has consulted for and briefed members of both the U.S. House and Senate, present and past CIA, DIA, FBI, SEC, Homeland Security, the Justice Department, as well as local and state law enforcement. His research has been presented in critical DoD studies on Economic Warfare, Iran, and Weapons of Mass Destruction presented to the Secretary of Defense and the Under Secretary of Defense, Intelligence. He has traveled extensively with research trips to Russia and China and throughout Europe and the Americas. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy.

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Manny Alicandro

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Manny Alicandro is a New York attorney with broad expertise in securities, governance and litigation. He is a former candidate for public office in New York. He is a frequent industry speaker, panelist, webcaster, and published author. He currently has a show on Flixx.net called Manny’s Point of View and a show on OpsLens called Real and Unfiltered.

Richard Leonard

Richard Leonard

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

Bounty hunter Richard Leonard has spent over a decade searching for some of the most violent criminals wanted by the Court. He co-hosts The Patriotically Correct Radio Show, also known as “PC Radio”, with fellow fugitive hunter Stew Peters.

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Dan 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. He served twice as Chief of Station in Asia and Europe and as a regional manager of Southeast Asia at CIA Headquarters, as well as Deputy Director of the Defense Clandestine Service. Dan was highly decorated in his service, including a CIA directorate award on incorporation of technology in operations and the Defense Intelligence Agency Director’s Award.

Jaice Harmon

Jaice Harmon

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Jaice Harmon has spent nearly 30 years in the IT space and worked in a variety of industries. Jaice has crisscrossed the country and worked the aftermath of one of the largest hacks in history.

Prior to the economic meltdown of 2007, Jaice was also involved in philanthropic ventures to help women who had been trafficked safely exit the “life” and rebuild to thrive, working with women in prison, and addiction awareness.

Ray Dietrich

Ray Dietrich

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Ray Dietrich spent twenty years in law enforcement in the Southern California area, working as a CSO, Deputy, Detective, and Sergeant. Ray is a co-founder of Law Enforcement News Network and the co-host of Coffee With Cops Podcast.

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Frank D'Onofrio

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

Frank D’Onofrio spent over 40 years in the IT space working in various industries, traveling the world for different organizations as an IT consultant. A 9-11 survivor, Frank rebuilt his life in the aftermath. He is fiercely conservative. Having grown up in the Bronx, he knows success is an attitude and it is based on a dedication to doing your best.

Frank has delivered hard-driving articles showing the liberal left’s hypocrisy and lack of accountability. The first to deliver virtual Candidate Town Halls, interviewing many political influencers. He is the author of the upcoming book “Elvis Presley: The King of Rock and Roll”, to be published in 2021, and author of the Book “Poems for a Rainy Day.”

Frank is a devoted husband, married to the love of his life Irene. He is the father of 6 children and 12 grandchildren. He believes firmly that “Without Integrity – Nothing Works.”

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Taras Lyssenko

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Taras Lyssenko was a commissioned Army officer, Ranger qualified, who now works in government relations and business development within the realms of defense, energy, aviation, medicine and homeland security. He is widely known for the recovery and preservation of history that had been lost under water. His activities have led to the discovery of the location of hundreds of artifacts once lost. These artifacts include World War II aircraft, ships dating back to the 1800s and even the remnants of a forest that dates back over 8000 years. Taras is one of the leaders of the team that has recovered dozens of the aircraft on behalf of the National Naval Aviation Museum. Those aircraft are now on display in museums and airports across the United States. Taras has worked to bring forth advanced technologies to lower the production and fabrication costs of the valued metal titanium. During these endeavors he has worked with the United States Senate, House of Representatives, Department of Defense, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Department of Energy, large equipment producers, and many corporations. He achieved a Presidential Determination under the Defense Production Act Title, III for his efforts in titanium production.

Taras donates great amounts of time assisting in educational efforts for students ranging from grade school level to institutions of higher learning. He has written two books, the children’s book Wendy’s Fear of Heights and the firsthand account of the many years of marine exploration and aircraft recovery, The Great Navy Birds of Lake Michigan: The True Story of the Privateers of Lake Michigan and the Aircraft They Rescued.

Emily Nunez

Emily Nunez

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

Emily Nunez is a veteran of the Navy and Marine Corps. Her military service includes 9 years of enlisted service in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Maintenance Administrationman working with F/A-18 Hornets and a tour of duty with the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron – Blue Angels. She was later commissioned as a Communications Officer with the U.S. Marine Corps. She is currently a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor assisting small businesses with designing, implementing, and managing qualified retirement plans locally and throughout the state of Florida.