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Strategic intelligence program lands new director

April 13th, 2005

CONTACT: Craig Smith (540) 338-8703 ccsmith@phc.edu

PURCELLVILLE, VA – Patrick Henry College has announced that Colonel Gordon Middleton, a retired Air Force colonel with more than two decades of intelligence-related experience, has joined the faculty as director of the PHC's strategic intelligence program. In addition to his oversight of the strategic intelligence track within the government major, Col. Middleton will teach courses in American intelligence and assist with individual research and analysis projects for strategic intelligence majors. Col. Middleton has worked with several government intelligence agencies, and is currently a vice president at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), one of the country's premier private sector intelligence contractors.

Colonel Gordon MiddletonAs SAIC's Vice President for Homeland Intelligence, in the Research & Intelligence Group, Middleton leads integration of intelligence efforts across the largest employee-owned company in the U.S. SAIC is also the fourth largest system integrator, according to industry experts.

Prior to this, Mr. Middleton served the Executive Assistant Director of the FBI for Intelligence as the Special Counsel for Implementation of the FBI's Intelligence Program. Previous to his assignment with the FBI, Mr. Middleton served in senior positions in national security and the Department of Defense. Mr. Middleton led the development of concepts and architectures for future defense space systems.

Mr. Middleton graduated in the top ten percent of his class at the United States Air Force Academy in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. In 1972 he graduated from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado with a Master of Science degree in Physics/Bio-Physics. He graduated from Auburn University, Montgomery, Alabama in 1985, with a Master of Public Administration degree. He is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College and the Air War College at Maxwell AFB, AL. He has held ministerial credentials with the Assemblies of God. He is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Regent University in the School of Leadership Studies, seeking a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership.

Mr. Middleton retired as a Colonel from the United States Air Force in 1997 after 28 years of service. His military decorations include the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and other service and achievement awards. He is a certified Department of Defense Level III Program Manager and is the recipient of the NSA SIGINT Director's Medal of Achievement, the NSA Civilian Meritorious Achievement Award, and the NRO Medal of Achievement.