OpsLens

Home The OpsLens Team

The OpsLens Team

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”The OpsLens Team” font_container=”tag:h1|font_size:45px|text_align:center|color:%23dd3333|line_height:45px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”35″][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”86135″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″ onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://opslens.com/user/ron+hammond/?profiletab=posts”][vc_custom_heading text=”Ron Hammond” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%235b5b5b|line_height:20px” use_theme_fonts=”yes” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fopslens.com%2Fuser%2Fron%2Bhammond%2F%3Fprofiletab%3Dposts”][vc_column_text]

FOUNDER AND CEO

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

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.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”86141″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″ onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://opslens.com/user/smateer/?profiletab=posts”][vc_custom_heading text=”Shelly Mateer” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%235b5b5b|line_height:20px” use_theme_fonts=”yes” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fopslens.com%2Fuser%2Fsmateer%2F%3Fprofiletab%3Dposts”][vc_column_text]

EDITOR

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

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 as two children’s picture books, Mommy Thinks She’s a Monster, The Lemon Seed and an elementary-grade chapter book series The Adventures of Shelly Beach. 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.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”115370″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″ onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://opslens.com/user/smateer/?profiletab=posts”][vc_custom_heading text=”Rocci Stucci” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%235b5b5b|line_height:20px” use_theme_fonts=”yes” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fopslens.com%2Fuser%2Fsmateer%2F%3Fprofiletab%3Dposts”][vc_column_text]

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Rocci Stucci defines a narrative that defies the ordinary and paints a picture of resilience, reinvention, and an unwavering pursuit of dreams. Rocci, once a high school dropout, has transformed his life into success at multiple levels, emerging as a trailblazing force in leadership, broadcasting, and the dynamic world of audio/visual experiences.

From humble beginnings to corporate leadership, Rocci’s journey has led him to a pivotal role with a federal contractor after three decades of experience in broadcasting and entertainment. From hosting karaoke in a local pub at nineteen to announcing the Celebrity Softball Classic at Globe Life, home to the Texas Rangers, Rocci’s expertise spans production wizardry, project management, and gracing events and red carpets with unparalleled charisma.

More than a Renaissance man, Rocci is the living embodiment of turning challenges into triumphs. Rocci Stucci finds the extraordinary in the ordinary. Join this captivating journey, and let Rocci illuminate the path to success for you. Experience the impact of resilience, reinvention, and the relentless pursuit of dreams with Rocci Stucci – a partner who turns your challenges into shared triumphs.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”35″][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”86137″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″ onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://opslens.com/author/jon-harris/”][vc_custom_heading text=”Jon Harris” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%235b5b5b|line_height:20px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

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 currently works as a criminal trial attorney with a state agency. 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 has completed his Juris Doctor degree.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”86139″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″ onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://opslens.com/user/bmarcois/?profiletab=posts”][vc_custom_heading text=”Bart Marcois” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%235b5b5b|line_height:20px” use_theme_fonts=”yes” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fopslens.com%2Fuser%2Fbmarcois%2F%3Fprofiletab%3Dposts”][vc_column_text]

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

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.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”86145″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″ onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://opslens.com/user/morgan+deane/?profiletab=posts”][vc_custom_heading text=”Morgan Deane” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%235b5b5b|line_height:20px” use_theme_fonts=”yes” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fopslens.com%2Fuser%2Fmorgan%2Bdeane%2F%3Fprofiletab%3Dposts”][vc_column_text]

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

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.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”35″][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”86144″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″ onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://opslens.com/user/chris+carter/?profiletab=posts”][vc_custom_heading text=”Chris Carter” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%235b5b5b|line_height:20px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

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.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”86143″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″ onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://opslens.com/author/drKat83/”][vc_custom_heading text=”Dr. Katherine Harris” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%235b5b5b|line_height:20px” use_theme_fonts=”yes” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fopslens.com%2Fuser%2Fdr.%2Bkatherine%2Bharris%2F%3Fprofiletab%3Dposts”][vc_column_text]

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

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.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”86142″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″ onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://opslens.com/user/ssiskind/?profiletab=posts”][vc_custom_heading text=”Samuel Siskind” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%235b5b5b|line_height:20px” use_theme_fonts=”yes” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fopslens.com%2Fuser%2Fssiskind%2F%3Fprofiletab%3Dposts”][vc_column_text]

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

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.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”35″][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”86284″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″ onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://opslens.com/user/gappomattox/?profiletab=posts”][vc_custom_heading text=”Grant Mattox” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%235b5b5b|line_height:20px” use_theme_fonts=”yes” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fopslens.com%2Fuser%2Fgappomattox%2F%3Fprofiletab%3Dposts”][vc_column_text]

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

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.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”86287″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″ onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://opslens.com/user/committee+on+the+present+danger+china/?profiletab=posts”][vc_custom_heading text=”Committee on the Present Danger: China” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%235b5b5b|line_height:20px” use_theme_fonts=”yes” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fopslens.com%2Fuser%2Fcommittee%2Bon%2Bthe%2Bpresent%2Bdanger%2Bchina%2F%3Fprofiletab%3Dposts”][vc_column_text]

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

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.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”88146″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″ onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://opslens.com/user/malicandro/?profiletab=posts”][vc_custom_heading text=”Manny Alicandro” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%235b5b5b|line_height:20px” use_theme_fonts=”yes” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fopslens.com%2Fuser%2Fmalicandro%2F%3Fprofiletab%3Dposts”][vc_column_text]

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

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.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”35″][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”86966″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″ onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://opslens.com/user/economic+war+room/?profiletab=posts”][vc_custom_heading text=”Kevin Freeman – Economic War Room” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%235b5b5b|line_height:20px” use_theme_fonts=”yes” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fopslens.com%2Fuser%2Feconomic%2Bwar%2Broom%2F%3Fprofiletab%3Dposts”][vc_column_text]

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

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.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”91070″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″ onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://opslens.com/user/jharmon/?profiletab=posts”][vc_custom_heading text=”Jaice Harmon” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%235b5b5b|line_height:20px” use_theme_fonts=”yes” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fopslens.com%2Fuser%2Fjharmon%2F%3Fprofiletab%3Dposts”][vc_column_text]

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

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.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”91180″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″ onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://opslens.com/user/fdonofrio/?profiletab=posts”][vc_custom_heading text=”Frank D’Onofrio” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%235b5b5b|line_height:20px” use_theme_fonts=”yes” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fopslens.com%2Fuser%2Ffdonofrio%2F%3Fprofiletab%3Dposts”][vc_column_text]

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

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. He was the first to deliver virtual candidate town halls, interviewing many political influencers. He is the author of the books “Elvis Presley: The King of Rock and Roll” and “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.”

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”35″][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”90874″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″ onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://opslens.com/user/dan+harris/?profiletab=posts”][vc_custom_heading text=”Dan Harris” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%235b5b5b|line_height:20px” use_theme_fonts=”yes” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fopslens.com%2Fuser%2Fdan%2Bharris%2F%3Fprofiletab%3Dposts”][vc_column_text]

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

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.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”91452″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″ onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://opslens.com/user/tlyssenko/?profiletab=posts”][vc_custom_heading text=”Taras Lyssenko” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%235b5b5b|line_height:20px” use_theme_fonts=”yes” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fopslens.com%2Fuser%2Ftlyssenko%2F%3Fprofiletab%3Dposts”][vc_column_text]

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

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.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”91711″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″ onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://opslens.com/user/enunez/?profiletab=posts”][vc_custom_heading text=”Emily Nunez” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%235b5b5b|line_height:20px” use_theme_fonts=”yes” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fopslens.com%2Fuser%2Fenunez%2F%3Fprofiletab%3Dposts”][vc_column_text]

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

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.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”35″][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”92123″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″ onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://opslens.com/user/ballen/?profiletab=posts”][vc_custom_heading text=”Barbara Allen” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%235b5b5b|line_height:20px” use_theme_fonts=”yes” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fopslens.com%2Fuser%2Fballen%2F%3Fprofiletab%3Dposts”][vc_column_text]

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Barbara Allen is a former Veterans Service Officer. She is an author, and a host of the American Snippets Podcast. Barbara is the widow of Lt. Louis Allen, who was murdered in Iraq by a fellow soldier. Her first book, Front Toward Enemy, details the murder of her husband and his CO as well as the lengthy capital court martial that resulted in the acquittal of the soldier whose guilty plea was rejected and suppressed by the military. Barbara is firmly entrenched in Veterans’ advocacy and a staunch believer in the power of patriotism.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”93672″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″ onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://opslens.com/author/mmukhlis/”][vc_custom_heading text=”Mukhlis Mukhlis” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%235b5b5b|line_height:20px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Mukhlis is an international affairs consultant with more than 18 years of diverse experience encompassing foreign relations, national security, counterterrorism, political transition, critical operations support, strategic business expansion, and organizational leadership.

Mukhlis is an expert in the areas of security, defense, and counterinsurgency affairs with a focus on the geopolitical challenges, regional conflicts, and government affairs in the Middle East and North Africa regions.

Currently, Mukhlis is the President of MIG Strategic Consulting; a consultancy firm based in Washington D.C. metro area and specializes in providing advisory services and strategic solutions to clients in both the public and private sectors on international business, public relations, foreign affairs, government services, regulatory requirements, emergency management, and operational activities.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”93217″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″ onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://opslens.com/author/pswain/”][vc_custom_heading text=”Phil Swain” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%235b5b5b|line_height:20px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Phil Swain is a current government employee. His background covers decades in law enforcement, military, and high-risk security contracting in multiple countries and regions of the world.

He has an extensive writing background and has written for many international as well as domestic publications on a multitude of subjects. Currently he is working in the criminal justice court system and routinely spends his day in the courtroom.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”35″][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”94379″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″ onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://opslens.com/author/rdouglas/”][vc_custom_heading text=”Richard Douglas” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%235b5b5b|line_height:20px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Richard Douglas writes on firearms, defense and security issues. He is the founder and editor of Scopes Field, and a columnist at The National Interest, 1945, Daily Caller and other publications.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”95390″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″ onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://opslens.com/author/srusk/”][vc_custom_heading text=”Sharon Rusk” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%235b5b5b|line_height:20px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Sharon Rusk is a retired career intelligence officer. In addition to her government service and a degree in International Affairs, her eclectic interests have included a degree and business in Interior Design, all while maintaining an active real estate license. She was certified as a Feng Shui consultant where she has taught, lectured, and authored magazine articles. She now consults when not enjoying life by the Narragansett or Chesapeake Bays, the Gulf of Mexico, or the Atlantic Ocean.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”97230″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″ onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://opslens.com/author/porta/”][vc_custom_heading text=”Pedro Israel Orta” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%235b5b5b|line_height:20px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Pedro Israel Orta is a 19-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency with service in the Directorates of Operations, Intelligence, and Science & Technology. Mr. Orta served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, and another conflict zone as a Covert Action Operations Program Manager. He was the recipient of seven Exceptional Performance Awards, several unit citation awards, and several collaborations awards, for his eight years of warzone work. Mr. Orta is a U.S. National Security whistleblower. He served as an Inspector for the Office of the Inspector General for the Intelligence Community. As such, Mr. Orta was the person who disclosed that former Inspector General for the Intelligence Community Michael Atkinson weaponized the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act process to illegally target President Donald J. Trump. Mr. Orta holds a Master of Arts in Security Policy Studies from George Washington University and is a Summa Cum Laude graduate from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Political Science and International Relations. Mr. Orta also briefly served in the U.S. Army reserves. Prior to his CIA employment, Mr. Orta worked in the business world in Miami, Florida. Mr. Orta comes from a Cuban family involved with strong anti-Castro activities including one grand uncle who served as a political prisoner. Mr. Orta now resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma as an ordained minister launching into ministry under the name of Pedro Israel Orta Evangelistic Association, Inc.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”35″][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”98476″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″ onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://opslens.com/author/clopez/”][vc_custom_heading text=”Clare Lopez” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%235b5b5b|line_height:20px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Clare Lopez is a former career operations officer with the CIA. She is the Founder/President of Lopez Liberty LLC, with a mission to alert and educate Americans on a range of national security threats, international as well as from the Islamic Movement/Muslim Brotherhood and collaborators among the ranks of Marxists/communists in the U.S. She is a Middle East subject matter expert and published author. She has been an instructor on Iran, Hizballah, and the Red-Black-Green Axis for Understanding the Threat, a nationwide training program on the Global Islamic Movement and jihadi networks. Most recently, Lopez acted as advisor/mentor to Special Forces students in a fall 2020 DoD course, run by Reservoir International. She served as a member of the Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi and continues as a member of the Citizens’ Commission on National Security. Formerly VP of the Intelligence Summit, a professor at the Centre for Counterintelligence & Security Studies, Executive Director of the Iran Policy Committee and has served as a consultant, instructor, intelligence analyst, and researcher for a variety of defense firms. She was named a 2011 Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”96352″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″ onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://opslens.com/author/mbaxter/”][vc_custom_heading text=”M. Baxter” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%235b5b5b|line_height:20px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

M. Baxter has spent more than 15 years in various levels of healthcare and is a veteran. He has considered himself a political junkie for nearly a decade.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”96897″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″ onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://opslens.com/author/smiley/”][vc_custom_heading text=”Smiley” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%235b5b5b|line_height:20px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Smiley is a long-time intelligence professional with experience in counterintelligence, covert action, and HUMINT. He has experience serving around the world in multiple capacities.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”35″][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”98477″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″ onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://opslens.com/author/tasmith/”][vc_custom_heading text=”T.A. Smith” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%235b5b5b|line_height:20px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

T.A. Smith is a government contractor with decades of experience working with various Department of Defense and military contracts worldwide. She has been instrumental in many senior decisions and implementations of intricate directives at military installations both CONUS and abroad. She holds multiple degrees with a focus in the international field and is fluent is several languages.

In the position of civilian advisor to military commanders, she has been a trusted critical thinker in assisting those commanders in difficult situations. She currently travels to military bases worldwide as a senior advisor on a Department of Defense wide program.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”99133″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″ onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://opslens.com/author/tsmith/”][vc_custom_heading text=”W. Thomas Smith, Jr.” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%235b5b5b|line_height:20px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

W. Thomas Smith, Jr. is a former U.S. Marine Infantry leader, counterterrorism instructor, and a SWAT Team officer in the nuclear industry. A retired colonel in the S.C. Military Department, Smith was founding director of the department’s Counterterrorism Task Force.

He is a New York Times bestselling editor and a writer whose work has appeared in countless newspapers and magazines worldwide, including USA Today, The New York Post, Business Week, Investor’s Business Daily, Marine Corps Times, Police1, S.W.A.T. magazine, American Legion, The Christian Post, and many others. A special deputy with the Richland County Sheriff’s Dept. and director of the department’s Elder Abuse Awareness Team, Smith is also a senior officer with the National Security Task Force of the S.C. Floodwater Commission.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”99261″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″ onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://opslens.com/author/ahooser/”][vc_custom_heading text=”Andy Hooser” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%235b5b5b|line_height:20px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Andy Hooser is the host of The Voice of Reason, a national conservative talk show that focuses on activism at the local level. The show discusses current events while applying Constitutional principles, traditional values, and logic to the issues of today. Being a millennial, Andy has a unique perspective on the struggles of our time, and tries to apply common sense, logic, humor, and sarcasm to the show. In a time of information overload, his show brings knowledge and wisdom.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”35″][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”100537″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″ onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://opslens.com/author/edouglas/”][vc_custom_heading text=”Evelyn Douglas” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%235b5b5b|line_height:20px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Evelyn Douglas is a former special agent with the Department of Justice. She holds a Masters in psychology.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”108288″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″ onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://opslens.com/author/dwos/”][vc_custom_heading text=”Dan Wos” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%235b5b5b|line_height:20px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Dan Wos is a nationally recognized 2nd Amendment advocate and Author of the “Good Gun Bad Guy”  – book series. He is a contributing writer for several publications. Dan can be found on radio stations across the country speaking on behalf of gun-rights and exposing the strategies of the anti-gun crowd. Dan is also the Host of “The Loaded Mic” and has been a guest on Newsmax, the Sean Hannity Show, Real America’s Voice, NRATV and many others.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”108289″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″ onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://opslens.com/author/mmallory/”][vc_custom_heading text=”Matt Mallory” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%235b5b5b|line_height:20px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Founder and Lead Instructor of Public Safety and Education (a.k.a. PS&Ed), Matthew J. Mallory is a U.S. Army veteran, former adjunct college professor, nationally recognized self-preservation educator, and published author. Matt is a highly experienced firearms instructor whose passion for weapons and self-defense began at a very young age. Currently, Matt works part-time as a sworn New York State Law Enforcement Officer in the roles of Chief and Academy Director. As a firearms instructor (USCCA, NRA, UTM, New York, Utah, Massachusetts, and Maryland) and self-defense instructor (New York, SABRE, TASER, ASP, Safariland) he teaches more than 90 different courses, over 300 times each year, to many thousands of civilian and law enforcement students, all over the country. He is a gun store owner (Type 07 and Class 02 FFL), co-host of the IMDb listed talk-show Meet The Pressers, is a public speaker/presenter, writer for numerous national publications, a weekly guest on the iHeart Radio show Dave Allen in the Morning, and has traveled the county working as a brand ambassador and pro staff for many companies (Mantis, USCCA, Laser Ammo, Shooter’s Technology Group, and Angel Armor). His over 35 years of vast experience and passion for teaching ensures that his courses are educational and highly entertaining. You can learn more about Matt via his full bio and his show Meet The Pressers.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”35″][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”108290″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″ onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://opslens.com/author/mtp/”][vc_custom_heading text=”Meet The Pressers” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%235b5b5b|line_height:20px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Meet The Pressers (MTP) is a show hosted by Matt Mallory and produced by Klint Macro. The guys, and their fellow trigger pressing guests, discuss firearms and self-defense education, products, and accessories – as well as faith, politics, and political activism. The show is officially listed on IMDb as a talk-show. MTP airs in video format on TV and the Internet as well as on all of the major audio only podcast platforms, and is sponsored by giants in the industry and fans of the show.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”108296″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″ onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://opslens.com/author/doaks/”][vc_custom_heading text=”Derek Oaks” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%235b5b5b|line_height:20px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Derek Oaks is a retired Air Force Colonel with over 25 years in uniform. He participated in contingency and combat operations in South America, the Middle East and Southwest Asia, with additional deployments and assignments in Europe, Korea, and Africa. He was a commander multiple times, including the 23rd Fighter Group. Since retirement, he has engaged in leadership and Business Development consulting, is a published author, and currently serves as an executive for a small business.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”111455″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″ onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://opslens.com/author/rmorse/”][vc_custom_heading text=”Rob Morse” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%235b5b5b|line_height:20px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Rob Morse retired from a career in high-tech engineering. He grew up shooting a pellet rifle on the west coast and learned to shoot small-bore pistol from an Olympic pistol coach on the east coast. He picked up the 1911 handgun when his family was threatened. He then recognized the infringements placed on the right to bear arms and started writing the SlowFacts Blog.

Two thousand articles and a decade later, he is also published at Ammoland Shooting Sports News, at Clash Daily and at The Daily Surge. He spoke at Second Amendment rallies in California, in Florida, and he received the Blogger of the year award from the Second Amendment Foundation in 2018.

Rob hosts and produces the Self-Defense Gun Stories podcast. He is a regularly scheduled co-host on the Polite Society podcast, at Lock-N-Load Radio, and on the Daily Bullet newscast. He appeared as a guest on Gun Talk Radio, Armed American Radio, Gun Freedom Radio, the Loaded Mic, on Eye on the Target Radio, Arms Room Radio, and on San Diego Gun Owner’s Radio. He also spoke at the Alternative Mass Media conference.

To date he has written over 20 articles about programs to train volunteer school staff as defenders and medical first-responders. He has attended and participated in three training programs for armed school staff members. He routinely writes about the lives lost due to restrictive firearms laws that disarm the victims of violence.

Rob Morse was an NRA firearms instructor and IDPA competitor. He now lives, carries, and writes in southwest Louisiana.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”35″][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”114171″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″ onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://opslens.com/author/thooser/”][vc_custom_heading text=”Tiffynie Hooser” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%235b5b5b|line_height:20px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Tiffynie Hooser is a certified master herbalist, focusing on alternative and holistic health remedies. She specializes in finding the proper herbs, plants, and foods to boost your health, heal the body, and help you take back control of your lifestyle and health choices.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”114530″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″ onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://opslens.com/author/traffanello/”][vc_custom_heading text=”Tom Raffanello” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%235b5b5b|line_height:20px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Tom Raffanello retired from a 34 year career with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Miami Field Division, DEA’s largest field division which includes 22 offices throughout Florida and the Bahamas. His prior postings included Chief of Operations at DEA Headquarters, SAC of the Phoenix Field Division, Chief of the Office of Congressional Affairs at DEA Headquarters, Supervisory Special Agent in the Miami Field Division, as well as various other positions within the DEA. He won the Presidential National Merit Award in 2002, the Attorney General’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in 1993, the Arizona Narcotic Officers’ Man of the Year Award in 2001, the Outstanding Award for Group Achievement Administrator’s Award in 1993, to name only a few of the awards and commendations he has received throughout his career. Tom is a Vietnam era veteran and vigorously supports law enforcement and veterans’ causes.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”115063″ img_size=”200×200″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″ onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://opslens.com/author/jmorse/”][vc_custom_heading text=”Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:30px|text_align:center|color:%235b5b5b|line_height:20px” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

OPSLENS CONTRIBUTOR

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Dr. Morse is the founder of The Ruth Institute, an interfaith international coalition to defend the family and build a Civilization of Love.

Dr. Morse was a campaign spokeswoman for California’s winning Proposition 8 campaign, defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. She has authored or co-authored six books and spoken around the globe. Her work has been translated into Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Polish and Chuukese, the native language of the Micronesian Islands.

Her latest book is The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies are Destroying Lives and Why the Church was Right Along. (See below for a complete list of Dr. Morse’s books.)

She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Rochester and taught economics at Yale and George Mason Universities for 15 years.

Dr. Morse was named one of the “Catholic Stars of 2013,” on a list that included Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI.

Dr. Morse and her husband are parents of an adopted child, a birth child, a goddaughter and were foster parents for San Diego County to eight foster children. In 2015, Dr. Morse and her husband relocated to Lake Charles, Louisiana, where the work of the Ruth Institute continues.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]