Bill Cowan is an internationally acknowledged expert in areas of terrorism, homeland security, intelligence, and military special operations. Cowan served three tours of duty in Vietnam and was awarded the Silver Star for valor in combat.
The Pentagon sent Cowan to Beirut in 1983. A military intelligence officer at the time, Cowan had the task of determining who was responsible for bombing the U.S. Embassy there. In the 1980s, he was selected to serve as one of the first members and only Marine in the Pentagon’s most classified counterterrorist unit, the Intelligence Support Activity (ISA). There, Cowan served as a senior military operations officer and field operative on covert missions to the Middle East, Europe and Latin America. Following retirement from the Marine Corps in 1985, he worked two years on the staff of U.S. Sen. Warren B. Rudman as a legislative assistant and as the senator’s primary staff assistant during the Iran/Contra hearings.
From 1989 through 1994, he was involved in numerous operations in the Middle East in response to terrorist incidents and the holding of Western hostages in Beirut and Kuwait. He was directly involved in the Beirut hostages drama, including international negotiations leading to their release in 1991.
In 1990, on behalf of a major New York law firm and working with former Director of Central Intelligence Bill Colby, Cowan organized and successfully conducted a series of operations resulting in the repatriation of a number of Western hostages from Iraqi-occupied Kuwait. Cowan is a FOX News Channel contributor and a co-founder of wvc3, a company providing homeland security services, support and technologies to government and commercial clients.Return to the Top
Bruce McColm is the President of the Institute for Democratic Strategies, a non-profit organization committed to strengthening democratic processes abroad. For the past 25 years, he has been actively involved in the global movement toward democracy and has written extensively on political transitions in Latin America, Africa, and Central Europe.
McColm has served on numerous boards of directors and acts as a trustee for various private foundations and advocacy groups. McColm served as president of the International Republican Institute, where he extended the organization’s capacity to provide technical assistance on economic and political reform around the world, introducing the use of information technologies to democracy programs.
Previously, McColm worked in a variety of capacities at Freedom House—a New York-based human rights organization—including the position of Executive Director from 1988 to 1993. McColm was also elected a member of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights by the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS).
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General McInerney established his own consulting firm, GRTT (Government Reform through Technology), in January 2000. Working with high-tech companies that do business with federal, state, city, and local governments, GRRT helps them introduce advanced technology into the private sector. From 1996-1999, Gen. McInerney was Chief Executive officer and President of Business Executives for National Security (BENS), a national, nonpartisan organization of business and professional leaders headquartered in Washington.
Prior to joining BENS, Gen. McInerney was Vice President of Command and Control for Loral Defense Systems-Eagan. He joined Loral (then Unisys Electronic Systems Division) in 1994 following 35 years as a pilot, commander, and Joint Force Commander in the United States Air Force. Gen. McInerney retired from military service as Assistant Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force and as Director of the Defense Performance Review (DPR), reporting to the Secretary of Defense. In that capacity, Gen. McInerney led the Pentagon’s “reinventing government” effort, visiting more than 100 leading-edge commercial companies to assimilate their ideas about business re-engineering.
Gen. McInerney earned a B.S. degree at the U.S. Military Academy in 1959, and a M.S. degree in international relations from George Washington University in 1972. He completed Armed Forces Staff College in 1970 and the National War College in 1973.
Gen. McInerney is a member of several boards of directors. He is a military analyst for Fox News Channel, a guest on many nationally-syndicated radio talk shows, and he has coauthored The Endgame, Winning the War on Terror.Return to the Top
Captain Charles T. "Chuck" Nash, USN (ret.) is the founder and President of Emerging Technologies International, Inc. (ETII). The company's focus is to understand military requirements and then actively search out and identify high leverage, emerging technologies that can be inserted quickly and inexpensively into tools for the U.S. military. Previously, Capt. Nash served as Vice President, Emerging Technologies Group, Santa Barbara Applied Research, Inc. For 25 years before that, Capt. Nash served as an officer in the U.S. Navy, accumulating over 4,300 hours of flight time and 965 carrier landings on nine different aircraft carriers as a Naval Aviator. He served in a variety of operational command and staff positions including the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in the Pentagon, U.S. Naval Forces Europe, Commanding Officer of Strike Fighter Squadron One Three Seven and has performed liaison duty with U.S. and foreign special operations forces in Turkey, Northern Iraq and elsewhere. Capt. Nash has served in a an advisory capacity to various government agencies, serves on corporate Boards of Directors and is an adviser to several corporate leadership teams. Capt. Nash earned his B.S. in Aeronautics from Parks College of Aeronautical Technology, St. Louis University and attended the National War College at Fort L. J. McNair in Washington. Currently a Fox News Channel Military Analyst, Capt. Nash frequently appears on the network to discuss military, terrorism and aviation issues.Return to the Top
General Rowny began his military career following graduation from the Johns Hopkins University and the U.S. Military Academy, two Masters degrees from Yale University and a Ph.D. from American University.
He fought in WW II, Korea, and Vietnam, commanding units from platoon to Corps size. Later, he served in the 1970s and 1980s as an advisor to the SALT II talks and as the chief negotiator of the START negotiations, with the rank of ambassador. As a soldier and strategic thinker, General Rowny was Deputy Chairman of the NATO Military Committee and initiated the Mutual and Balanced Forces Reduction negotiations in Vienna. From 1985 to 1990, he was Special Advisor for Arms Control to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
In 1989, President Reagan awarded him the Presidential Citizens Medal. The citation reads that Gen. Rowny is “one of the principal architects of America’s policy of peace through strength. As an arms negotiator and as a presidential advisor, he has served mightily, courageously, and nobly in the cause of peace and freedom.” In 1991, Ambassador Rowny retired from government and currently consults on international affairs.Return to the Top
Raymond Tanter served at the White House as a Senior Member on the National Security Council staff, from 1981 to 1982. In 1983-1984, he was personal representative of the Secretary of Defense to arms control talks in Madrid, Helsinki, Stockholm, and Vienna. In 1967, Tanter was deputy director of behavioral sciences at the Advanced Research Projects Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense and a member of the Civilian Executive Panel, Chief of Naval Operations, 1980-1981.
In 2005, Tanter helped found the Iran Policy Committee and serves as its President. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Committee on the Present Danger.
Professor Tanter teaches courses on terrorism and weapons proliferation at Georgetown University. He is adjunct scholar at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and was scholar-in residence at the Middle East Institute in Washington. He researched U.S. policy options regarding Iran at both think tanks. After receiving a Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1964, Professor Tanter taught at Northwestern, Stanford, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the University of Michigan.
Professor Tanter was a fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford and the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, and a Fulbright scholar, at the University of Amsterdam. In 1975, Tanter spent a month as scholar-in-residence at the American Embassy, in Tokyo, where he lectured on petroleum-interruption scenarios, with special reference to the Middle East.
Among Tanter’s book publications is Rogue Regimes, 1997; revised edition, 1999. Coauthored books include: Appeasing the Ayatollahs and Suppressing Democracy (2006); What Makes Tehran Tick, 2006; Baghdad Ablaze (2007); President Obama and Iraq (2009); President Obama and Iran (2010); and Terror Tagging (2011).
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General Vallely retired in 1991 from the U.S. Army as Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii. Gen. Vallely graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and was commissioned in the Army in 1961, serving a distinguished career of 32 years in the Army.
He served in many overseas theaters, including Europe and the Pacific Rim countries, as well as two combat tours in Vietnam. He has served on U.S. security assistance missions pertaining to civilian-military relations in locations around the world.
Gen. Vallely is a graduate of the Infantry School, Ranger and Airborne Schools, Jumpmaster School, the Command and General Staff School, The Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the Army War College. His combat service in Vietnam included positions as infantry company commander, intelligence officer, operations officer, military advisor and aide-de-camp. He has over 15 years experience in Special Operations, Psychological and Civil-Military Operations.
Gen. Vallely was one of the first nominees for Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations under President Reagan, and commanded the 351st Civil Affairs Command during the 1980s. He has served as a consultant to the Commanding General of the Special Operations Command as well as the Department of Defense Anti-Drug and Counter-Terrorist Task Forces.
Gen. Vallely is a military analyst for Fox News Channel and is a guest on many nationally-syndicated radio talk shows. He also is a guest lecturer on the War on Terror and co-authored The Endgame, Winning the War on Terror. General Vallely currently hosts Osprey Media's Internet Radio show Stand Up America www.standupamericaradio.com.Return to the Top