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Co-Director:  COL Greg Wilson

COL Greg R. Wilson graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1985, receiving a Bachelors of Science in Operations Research and was commissioned as an Infantry Officer.  He completed Special Forces qualification and training in 1989 and since then has served in variety of SOF assignments from the tactical to strategic level.

His assignments include the 4-41st Infantry Regiment; Garlstedt, Germany; the 10th Special Forces Group, Ft Devens, Massachusetts; the Defense Evaluation Support Activity (DESA), Albuquerque, New Mexico, 10th Special Forces Group; Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1st Special Forces Group; FT Lewis, Washington and Special Operations Command South.

While assigned to Special Operations units he has held the following positions; Detachment Commander, HSC Commander, Company Commander, Battalion Operations Officer, Battalion Executive Officer, Group Operations Officer, Group Executive Officer, Battalion Commander, Group Deputy Commander, JSOTF Commander in the Southern Philippines and SOC Forward Commander in Colombia. 

He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and also attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California where he received a Master’s Degree in Operations Research. 

His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the South West Asia Service Medal, the Expert Infantryman's Badge, the Special Forces Tab, the Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist badge and the German, Thai, Philippine and Indian Parachutist Badges.

COL Wilson completed the Army War College Fellowship in irregular warfare and counter terrorism with the Defense Analysis Department at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California in 2005-2006.  COL Wilson’s War College article titled OEF-P The Indirect Approach was published as the lead article in Military Review in 2006. 

He recently served as the Operations Director for Special Operations Command South in Homestead, Florida.  While in this position, COL Wilson was deployed forward on two occasions to serve as the SOC Forward Commander in Colombia.  During his most recent deployment to Colombia he served as the Special Operations Commander and Senior Military Advisor to the Colombian Special Forces and US Ambassador during Operation JAQUE, the Colombian’s successful rescue of 3 U.S. Hostages and Ingrid Bentecourt on 2 JUL 2008.

COL Wilson currently serves as the SOF Chair and CORE Lab Co-Director.

Co-Director:  Dr. Sean Everton

Sean Everton is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Defense Analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). Prior to joining NPS in 2007 he was an adjunct professor at both Santa Clara University and Stanford University. Professor Everton earned his MA and PhD in Sociology at Stanford University (2007) and wrote his doctoral thesis on causes and consequences of status on the economic performance of venture capital firms. He has published articles in the areas of social network analysis, sociology of religion, economic sociology and political sociology and currently specializes in the use of social network analysis to track and disrupt dark networks (i.e., criminal and terrorist networks). He currently has a book under consideration for publication on the topic of dark networks.

Faculty Members

Dr. Nancy Roberts: Nancy Roberts is a Professor of Defense Analysis in the Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey. Dr. Roberts received a PhD from Stanford University, a MA and BA from the University of Illinois, and a Diplome Annuel from the Cours de Civilization Francaise at the Sorbonne. Her previous faculty appointments have been at the Graduate School of Business at the Naval Postgraduate School, the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, and the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University as a visiting associate professor. She has published extensively in the areas of public entrepreneurship and innovation, strategic management and planning, leadership, stakeholder collaboration, complex networks, dialogue and deliberation. Her current research focuses on “wicked problems” such as the tracking and disrupting of terror networks and the organizational challenges of post-conflict reconstruction. She is the co-author of Transforming Public Policy: Dynamics of Public Entrepreneurship and Innovation (1996) and editor of two books—The Transformative Power of Dialogue (2002) and Direct Citizen Participation (2007). Dr. Roberts is also an Associate Editor of PAR, and serves on the editorial boards of Public Management, The American Review of Public Administration, and International Public Management Review. In her previous position as Co-Director of the CORE Lab, she created and developed Defense Analysis courses—Tracking and Disrupting Terror Networks and Visual Analytics. Currently she leads research teams in the investigation of the geospatial, temporal, and relational dimensions of terrorist networks and the development of strategies to counter them.

Kristen Tsolis: Kristen Tsolis is a Lecturer of Defense Analysis. Kristen teaches “Geospatial and Temporal Aspects of Dark Networks” and is the Department of Defense Analysis’ geospatial analyst and technologist. She has also taught “Computer Networking”, “Systems Analysis and Design”, and labs for “Computer Attack and Defense”. Kristen holds a Masters in International Policy Studies was a Visiting Scholar with the Computer Security Response Team (CERT/CC).

Research Associates

Dan Cunningham:  Dan is a Research Associate and holds a Masters in International Policy Studies with a specialization in Terrorism Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey, CA. 

Joyce Hogan:  Joyce is a Research Associate and GIS Analyst and holds a Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems from the University of Redlands, CA.  She has a background in Quantitative analysis using ArcGIS 9.3, ArcGIS Spatial Analyst extension, and SPSS (statistical software package) for analysis.

Robert Schroeder:  Robert is a Research Assistant with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Boston University and is completing his Masters degree in International Policy Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey, CA. 

Program Manager

Karen Flaherty: Karen Flaherty provides overall Project Management support to the faculty, staff and students for the CORE Lab.  Her background experience includes administration support, space planning, finance and accounting and event management.

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