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Faculty and Advisors

Strategic Intelligence Faculty & Board of Advisors


Gordon R. Middleton, D.S.L.

Director, Strategic Intelligence Program

Dr. Middleton became the Director of the Strategic Intelligence Program at Patrick Henry College, Purcellville, VA, in June 2004. Dr. Middleton teaches upper division PHC courses on US Intelligence History; Intelligence Research and Analysis; Advanced Technology and Ethics in Intelligence and National Security; and Strategic Intelligence Special Projects. He previously taught undergraduate leadership for at the undergraduate level. His most recent publications include: War gaming. Encyclopedia of U.S. Intelligence, 2012; Cyber Assurance: Technical Developments and Cognitive Issues, presented at the National Defense University’s First, Cognitive-Cyber Conference, August 2011; "Avatars or Robots? The Human Factor in Overcoming Information Overload." He presented at the Military Operations Research Symposium (MORS), June 2010; "A Maturity Model for Intelligence Education." American Intelligence Journal, Winter 2007/2008.

Dr. Middleton retired in the rank of Colonel from the U.S. Air Force, in 1997. During his time in the U.S. military he served in various positions in research and development, systems acquisition, and space operations in the continental U.S. and overseas locations. Dr. 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. Dr. Middleton is a military veteran with 28 years of commissioned service. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1997. Dr. Middleton holds numerous Air Force and Joint military decorations, and is certified as a Department of Defense Level III Program Manager. His Doctorate in Strategic Leadership is from Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA.


Jonathan P. Binnie, J.D.

Adjunct Professor of Government
Board of Advisors, Strategic Intelligence Program
Former FBI Chief Counterintelligence Strategist

Professor Binnie has a B.A. in History from North Park College and a J.D. from the Northern Illinois University College of Law. He is currently a Senior Consultant to several U.S. Intelligence Community agencies. As a retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent, in addition to a variety of field assignments, he served as the FBI's Chief Counterintelligence Strategist and Chief of National Security Training.  He taught, presented, or briefed at most U.S. Intelligence Community agencies, several U.S. Embassies, and Senate and House intelligence oversight committees. While in the FBI he was also an adjunct instructor for NSA. In 1999, Professor Binnie won the Rubicon Award of Excellence for “extraordinary service in building bridges of understanding, cooperation, and synergy between the FBI and CIA.”


David Shedd

Board of Advisors, Strategic Intelligence Program
Former Acting Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency

Mr. David R. Shedd is a Visiting Distinguished Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, where he provides his over thirty years of national security expertise to formulating policy on intelligence and defense issues to The Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies at The Heritage Foundation. Prior to retiring from government service, he served as Acting Director and Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency from August 2010 to January 2015. In this capacity, he managed of a workforce with more than 16,500 military and civilian employees worldwide.

He previously served as the inaugural Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Policy, Plans, and Requirements, where he led the review of Executive Order 12333, the foundational U.S. intelligence policy, approved by President George W. Bush in July 2008. Prior to that he served as Chief of Staff and, later, Acting Director of the Intelligence Staff to the DNI; and as the National Security Council’s Special Assistant to the President where he was directly involved in the implementation of intelligence reform stemming from the 9/11 Commission report in July 2004. Mr. Shedd also served overseas in the U.S. Embassies in Costa Rica and Mexico, and held a variety of senior management assignments in the U.S., including Chief of Congressional Liaison at CIA. He holds a B.A. degree from Geneva College and a M.A. degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Latin American Studies.


Rich Haver

Board of Advisors, Strategic Intelligence Program
Former Vice President for Intel Programs, Northrop Grumman

Rich Haver is the former Special Assistant for Intelligence to the Secretary of Defense; and former Chief of Staff of the National Intelligence Council and Deputy to the Assistant Director of Central Intelligence for Analysis and Production. Mr. Haver was selected by Vice President Cheney to head the Bush Administration's Transition Team for Intelligence and then selected by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld as the Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Intelligence in 2001. He is a recipient of many awards, including the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, the CIA Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, the Presidential Rank Meritorious Executive Award, and the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal.


Brian J. Auten

Adjunct Professor of Government

Dr. Auten teaches Counterterrorism in PHC's Strategic Intelligence program. Dr. Auten is currently an intelligence analyst with the US government, and has taught courses at California State University at San Bernardino, University of Reading (UK) and University of Hull (UK).  Dr. Auten’s course offerings have included US National Security Policy, Nuclear Strategy, Intelligence and Statecraft, and Introduction to International Politics.

Dr. Auten has published national security-related articles and book reviews in several journals as well as as well as online columns at First Things and the Center for Public Justice.  His first book, Carter’s Conversion: The Hardening of American Defense Policy, was published in 2008.  Dr. Auten has presented at the National Defense Intelligence College and the National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security.  He is currently a member of the International Intelligence Ethics Association, and his research interests include the interaction between political theology and national security affairs, as well as the application of just war theory to counterterrorism, intelligence/counterintelligence and nuclear weapons policy.


Ed Waltz

Board of Advisors, Strategic Intelligence Program
Adjunct Instructor

Edward L. Waltz is a former Distinguished member of the Technical Staff, Virginia Tech, and an author of numerous technical publications, including: Quantitative Intelligence Analysis; Information Warfare: Principles and Operations; Multisensor Data Fusion; Quantitative Intelligence Analysis: Applied Analytic Models; Counterdeception Principles and Applications for National Security; and Knowledge Management in the Intelligence Enterprise. Prior to joining the Virginia Tech staff, he was the Chief Scientist for Intelligence at BAE Systems Advanced Information Technology, and before coming to BAE was Technical Director for Intelligence Systems at General Dynamics. He also served as a Manager for Information Understanding Programs at ERIM International.


Randy Nixon

Board of Advisors, Strategic Intelligence Program
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Katharine C. Gorka

Board of Advisors, Strategic Intelligence Program

President of the Council on Global Security, a think tank that works to develop, advocate, and build support for policies that will promote freedom of belief and defeat extremist ideologies.  Former Executive Director of the Westminster Institute, based in McLean, Virginia.  Her company, Threat Knowledge Group, provides counter-terrorism training and expertise to multiple US Government organizations. Co-editor of Fighting the Ideological War: Winning Strategies from Communism to Islamism, and co-authored the report ISIS: The Domestic Threat. 

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Dr. Keith J. Pavlischek

Board of Advisors, Strategic Intelligence Program  

A retired U.S. marine colonel with assignments in Bosnia, Iraq, the U.S. Central Command, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Former assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Truman State University, and Program Director at the Civitas Program on Faith and Public Life. Former senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Author of “John Courtney Murray and the Dilemma of Religious Toleration” (Thomas Jefferson University Press), and of multiple articles on ethics, political theory, and public policy, including, “Proportionality in Warfare”; and “The Ethics of Counterinsurgency,” in The New Atlantis; and “In the Land of Blue Burqas,” at TheGospelCoalition.org. He holds masters degrees from the Institute for Christian Studies (Toronto), and Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia), and a Ph.D. in Religion, Ethics and Society from the University of Pittsburgh.

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