The SSI team has unparalleled experience in 100 countries across the globe. Our team served the Dept of State, the Org for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Joint Chiefs of Staff, DoD, NATO, and EU. Others include New Delhi, India, Brussels, Belgium; Davao, Philippines; Paramaribo, Suriname; Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; Abidjan, Ivory Coast, the National Foreign Affairs Training Ctr, and the National Security Space Institute. Asia and China are also specific areas of expertise. SSI advised the Guangdong Technology Finance Group, Qingdao Science and Technology Venture Capital Company, Chengdu, Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Hangzhou. We have spent significant time in Vietnam, Thailand, Columbia, the UK, the Nordic Countries, Russia, Armenia, Switzerland, and Tunisia. SSI is working with our strategic partner, the StanleyInternational Group (SIG), comprised of diplomats, former Chinese military professionals, and internationally experienced business personnel.
George is a retired USAF Colonel with more than 34 years in National Security matters and is the founder and President of the Veteran Owned Small Business, Strategic Solutions Integrated, Inc. (SSI). He grew SSI to a well-respected consulting organization which focuses on bringing innovative, break-through technologies to the Commercial and Federal sectors from both national and international sources. He is responsible for growing several start-up companies into very successful enterprises and is part owner of a revolutionary space propulsion company ,body armor company, water purification technology company, and is on the Board of Directors to Cannae Corp. A space propulsion and satellite technology company. George maintains a broad range of expertise across multiple disciplines ranging from cybersecurity to biological defense. Mr. Cunningham’s has extensive experience in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Joint Staff, Air Staff, USAF Special Operations Command, the Joint Special Operations Command, and Air Mobility Command. George served as a senior strategic policy advisor to the Defense Intelligence Agency's Science and Technology Office, the Joint Program Executive Office (JPEO) for Chemical and Biological Defense and the Joint Program Manager for Guardian, United States Strategic Command, USAF Air Mobility Command, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, OSD’s Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO), and the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations Low Intensity Conflict (ASD/SOLIC). He served with the Department of State as the senior military advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Europe’s largest regional security organization – the 56 member-state Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and as the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff representative to the Forum for Security Cooperation in Vienna, Austria. He has expert knowledge of the U.S. European Command, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), European Union, Eurasian border security initiatives, and worked as the U.S. representative to the Dayton Peace Accords Article IV proceedings throughout the Balkan states. He is a combat veteran of several U.S. conflicts and served in Iraq and Afghanistan as a Special Operations Group Commander. He is experienced in working with Special Mission Units, the Joint Special Operations Command Staff, and Geographic Combatant Commands. He has a vast amount of global experience and executed missions in 85 countries. He maintains excellent contact through key organizations such as the NATO Defense College’s Anciens and Supreme Allied Powers Europe Officers Association. George served as a Tactical Liaison Officer to the Army’s III Corps and 2nd Armored Divisions in Fort Hood, TX. He is a combat pilot with more than 6500 flying hours in a variety of jet and turbo-propelled aircraft. George was the President of the former Polish Warrior Foundation, an American Non-Profit serving wounded Polish Soldiers and a member of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. George is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, NATO Defense College in Rome Italy, Air War College, and a Distinguished Graduate of Squadron Officers School. His undergraduate degree is in Science and he has a Master of Science in Administration.
Jay has over 25 years of leadership, operational, and business development experience in the Department of Defense, government agencies, and private industry. He is currently COO of Strategic Solutions Integrated specializing in high end federal contract support and technology disruption. He also was President, Innovate Consulting Group, COO of Merlin Global Services. and Executive Vice President of Operations, COO, for Gauss Management, Research, and Engineering (GMRE). Jay has overseen all aspects of operations of engineering, technology, and innovation to include leading products and service development, business development (BD), proposals, contracts, human resources, security, and alliances. For example, he guided GMRE to 100% growth rates guiding the firm from 2 to 200 employees. Over 22 years of military service as a USAF officer and pilot, he flew over 12 types of aircraft and served in multiple leadership capacities. He led Special Operations units with the need for cutting edge technology innovations and a $600M budget. In the software world, he filled a critical leadership role for operational and sustainment support of over 300 personnel and 5600 fielded software systems. He served in the Pentagon, Department of State, and Department of Justice, Special Operations Command, Joint Special Operations Command, Air Mobility Command, Air Force Material Command, garnering experience in over 80 countries worldwide, and benefiting from special training, access, and human experience.
Jay augmented his career a commercial pilot for Northwest Airlines. In Feb 2003, he served with the Department of Justice, US Attorney’s Office/Utah for the Anti-terrorism Advisory Council (ATAC) and a member of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). Jay’s current portfolio takes him across the country finding opportunities, building innovative teams, listening, and assessing talent for information technology and defense firms. He has supported multiple technology start-ups and charitable work through professional organizations.
Jay served on the Board of Directors (BoD) for the System of Systems Security (SOSSEC) consortium and represents over 290 of the most innovative firms in the private and government sectors. He served on the BoD for the Weber State University Utah Center for Applied Innovation and Design (UCAID). Jay is a combat pilot with 8000+ hours in a variety of aircraft and a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and has a Masters in Business Administration.
Bill retired after 31 years of foreign service with the Department of State with the rank of Minister-Counselor, which is the diplomatic equivalent of Major General. He helped shape a diverse set of U.S. national security policies, both in gaining domestic support and implementing them globally on-the-ground. Bill has a unique acumen to engage foreign cultures and rapidly interpret their conceptual underpinnings and consequential effects upon critical global security issues. His subsequent focus has been dedicated in bringing U.S. space policy into the 21st century by leveraging commercial and international military alliances for improved space situational awareness (SSA). Bill has accumulated a vast array of contacts critical to national security interests at the highest levels of the Department of State, United States Strategic Command (USTRATCOM) and NATO. Past foreign service and other postings include: New Delhi, India; the U.S. Mission to NATO, Brussels, Belgium; Davao, Philippines; Paramaribo, Suriname; Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; Abidjan, Ivory Coast; and numerous Temporary Duty Assignments (TDY) in Qatar; West Africa and numerous others. Bill served as Minister-Counselor for Cultural/Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India. During his four-year tour he was responsible for overseeing Indo-United States Exchange Programs and interacted with American Cultural Centers and senior Indian officials at the ministerial level in New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, and Mumbai. He had the honor of administering the United States Fulbright Program as the Director of the U.S. Educational Foundation in India during a very challenging time for bilateral Indo-U.S. relations. He still managed to nearly double the Fulbright budget to $15 million and greatly increased the number of higher education exchanges between Indian and American students. For over 20 years Bill has been viewed as a respected and knowledgeable student of past and present Indo-U.S. relations. The Friends of the United States organization in Chennai and led by Mr. K.N. Ranganathan have invited Bill to give a series of presentations tentatively scheduled for late Winter 2018. He is extremely proud of having facilitated the first-ever United States Presidential speech before the Indian Parliament by former President William Clinton. In the late eighties Bill served as the Desk Officer for Southeast Asian Affairs in the Office of East Asian and Pacific Affairs of the former United States Information Agency. Over a two-year period he was the primary liaison between Washington and U.S. Information Service Posts in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand and Burma. He has maintained his high-level contacts in these nations, He serves as an International Adviser to the Space Foundation and a Special Adviser to Virginia Tech’s Applied Research Corporation (VT-ARC). He previously supported John Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Lab as an Adjunct Fellow. Has also serves on the Advisory Board of the Secure World Foundation, a NGO working in the field of space policy and security. In 2008 Bill assisted in the coordination and facilitation of the Space Foundation’s historic visit to the Chinese astronaut training center and the Jiuquan launch facilities at the southern edge of the Gobi dessert. This initial engagement has resulted in numerous unofficial/informal interactions between the Space Foundation and leading China space institutions. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and International Affairs from Thiel College. Bill is one of the few foreign service officers to have trained at the National Security Space Institute (NSSI). He has taken numerous senior level courses over the years at the U.S. Department of State’s National Foreign Affairs Training Center. He speaks French, survivor Spanish and Dutch as well as a few unique dialects learned on-the ground.
Manfred (Fred) Bernard is a veteran of the United States Air Force and served in the United States Government for 40 years with more than 26 years in Federal Law Enforcement. He was the sole undercover agent during Joint USAF and German Law Enforcement undercover operations to penetrate the outer ring of Red Army Faction. Special Agent Bernard managed and provided CI, counter espionage, counter terrorism, and other criminal investigative services to maintain the operational integrity of a Secretary of Defense Directed, Secretary of the Air Force implemented Special Access Program (SAP). He directed security vulnerability assessments at over fifty SAP training sites for the conduct of secure, low visibility operations without risk of compromise. Special Agent Bernard managed AFOSI's Fugitive Apprehension Program and coordinated with US Attorney's and the United States Marshal's Service resulting in the capture of 38 fugitives to date. He managed AFOSI Undercover Program while providing oversight for all investigations related to drug and smuggling offenses, customs violations, and black market activities. During his assignment at the Pentagon, Special Agent In-Charge Bernard managed 6 AFOSI Operating Locations (OL) and the day-to-day operations of a 300 person, 600 million dollar special Air Force program and was the Air Force lead for counterintelligence (CI) and operational security of a Secretary of Defense directed USSOCOM SAP. Mr. Bernard has extensive knowledge of rules of evidence, criminal procedures, and court decisions concerning admissibility of evidence, constitutional rights, and search and seizure procedures. Special Agent (ret) Bernard is fluent in German and an expert marksman in multiple weapons.
Paul has over thirty-nine years’ experience within the U.S. government concentrating on National Level Security and Counterintelligence (CI) Matters. He is the Founder and President of a successful Veteran Owned Small Business Consulting Group; Integrity Solutions Consulting Group, LLC. He is a retired Federal Law Enforcement Officer with extensive experience in CI, Counterespionage (CE) and Criminal investigations and operations, Insider Threat development, as well as Security Support to Special Access Programs (SAPS). He has expert knowledge and experience in all CI/CE, Security, and Insider Threat disciplines. He is a member of the National Industrial Security Policy working group currently developing National Level Security and Insider Threat requirements for Industry. Paul supported the Chief Security Officer, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as his strategic Security and CI policy advisor. He developed Security and CI policy directives and instructions for DHS SAPs, which were subsequently adopted and signed by the DHS Secretary. Additionally, he assisted the CSO with developing requirements for a successful Insider Threat program. During his assignment to the Pentagon, Paul was the Director, Security/CI Policy, Program Compliance Inspection Oversight and Security Education and Training, Office of the Administrative Assistant, Secretary of the Air Force. During this assignment, he was responsible for Security and CI strategic policy development, oversight of security compliance inspections at government and industry locations and development of security and education programs for DoD SAPs. Prior to his Pentagon assignment , Paul was the Special Agent in Charge, Boston, MA, responsible for the oversight and supervision of Special Agents and Security Officers responsible for conducting CI investigations and providing security support for DoD SAPs totaling over $3.5B. As a Special Agent throughout the U.S and Europe he investigated several murder investigations resulting in indictments and convictions; counterintelligence investigations resulting in the identification and neutralization of spies from the former USSR and East Germany; and numerous successful counterdrug operations. Paul is a Criminal Justice Major, State University of New York.
Dan has 43+ years of experience working with the United States Defense Department in numerous positions supporting both operational and intelligence requirements. Dan is a retired Army Colonel, former Army Defense Intelligence Senior Level Officer (SES) and combat veteran with worldwide experience conducting special missions in support of national security requirements. He is a graduate of West Point as well as the National War College where he earned a Master's Degree in National Security Policy. During his military service, Dan served in multiple leadership positions in Special Operations and Intelligence organizations. He held positions from an "A-team" Commander in 10th Special Forces Group and Senior Intelligence Officer in 7th Special Forces Group to Battalion Command in the 902nd Military Intelligence Brigade. He also served in numerous assignments with the Defense HUMINT Service of DIA. His tours have included Operational Base Commander for a Joint Special Operations Task Force during the Bosnia conflict and Commander of the Intelligence Transition Team In Iraq as a Flag-level Civilian. Dan also served as the Security Director for Middle East and South East Asia for the 51,000 personnel of LOGCAP Program based in Iraq, Kuwait, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, and Dubai. Dan also was assigned to multiple senior level staff assignments serving as the Special Assistant to the Associate Director of Central Intelligence for Military Support to the Central Intelligence Agency and as the Director of Counter-Terrorism Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. His expertise spans the full scope of Special Operations and Intelligence activities. His most recent assignment was as the Director of Strategy, Plans and Engagement (J5) for Special Operations Command Africa, a position he held for 5 years before retiring from Civil Service. During his time with SOCAFRICA, Dan led the development of counterterrorism partnership activities with critical African partners throughout the Continent; and, was instrumental in developing relationships with NATO Special Operations Forces with strategic interests in Africa as well as combined associations with the European Command (EUCOM) and the NATO SOF HQ that resulted in numerous joint missions.
Chuck Loomis (Lt Col, USAF, retired) has over thirty-five years of experience as an Air Force officer and a defense contractor for USAF, Joint Forces and OSD programs. A graduate of Colgate University, he earned a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University, and benefited from many professional and specialty courses throughout his USAF and defense contracting careers. His Air Force tours took him to South East Asia (Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia), the UK, Germany, and Japan where he worked in, built and led operational intelligence units supporting multiple USAF aircraft missions. He was with the Defense Intelligence Agency in Bonn when the Berlin Wall came down and was among the initial intelligence headquarters cadre shaping Strategic Air Command and Tactical Air Command into today’s Air Combat Command (ACC). Retiring from the Air Force, he was employed by several defense contractors in the Tidewater and Northern Virginia areas supporting ACC, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joint Forces Command, and the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) missions including the Chairman's Joint Training System, joint intelligence training requirements, battlespace electronic visualization and analysis, and information operations training. Chuck was instrumental in developing the Interagency portfolio for JIEDDO as well as intelligence modeling & simulation visualization development. He also facilitated negotiation of mutually beneficial government and non-government agency relationships. His experience and expertise includes multi-service, joint, and combined intelligence work at tactical, operational, and strategic warfighting levels to include extensive experience in the national and defense agency network.
Clare is a broadly experienced financial executive with over 30 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, and entrepreneurial development, including developing and operating investment funds, founding and operating companies, developing nationally recognized research university entrepreneurial programs, and driving innovation ecosystem development programs in the US and globally. Since 1983, Clare has been involved with the start-up, acquisition and/or development of companies in the education, communications, information technology, digital health, satellite, retail, healthcare, manufacturing, medical device, software, and construction industries. He is also Chairman of the Venture Capital Institute, a global venture capital and innovation development organization established in 1974 by the founders of the venture capital industry. Clare holds a BBA in Accounting, JD, and an MBA in Finance. Clare has international experience in over a dozen countries including 12 years of experience in China. He is a Senior Advisor to Guangdong Technology Finance Group located in Guangdong, China and a Senior Advisor to Qingdao Science and Technology Venture Capital Company located in Qingdao, China. He has developed and deployed multiple groundbreaking financial programs in Guangdong and Dongguan. Clare has also worked in Chengdu, Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Hangzhou. In addition to China, he has spent significant professional time in countries as varied as Vietnam, Thailand, Columbia, the UK, the Nordic Countries, Russia, Armenia, Switzerland, and Tunisia. Clare has been a leading member of the U.S.-Sweden Entrepreneurial Forum since 2006. He is a regional, national, and international speaker on the topics of financial services, innovation, and venture capital as well as on educational programs for the support of those activities. For eight years, Clare served on the Board of Governors of the Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA), formerly the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies (NASBIC). During his tenure he served as a member of the Executive Committee and was the Chairman of the Education Committee and the Venture Committee. Clare also co-chaired the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and NASBIC Joint Education Committee. He served as a Commercial Reviewer for the National Science Foundation, was a charter member of the MidAmerca Healthcare Investor Network, served as a Co-Chairman of the MIT Enterprise Forum Committee on Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, and is a national advisor to Pipeline.
Peter has over 35 years of entrepreneurial experience working both domestically and internationally. He started his professional career in the trucking industry becoming one of the first independent trucking firms in the country following the deregulation of the industry. Pete then went into the IT industry where he became one of the top 5 Compaq computer sales people in the United States, selling and installing the personal computers of Dan Quayle, Hillary Clinton and others working within the White House for over 10 years. Pete then formed the Ali Group where he was the sole source provider of computerized paint mixing systems for Pittsburgh Paint and Glass (PPG) customers in North and South America. Pete spent over 20 years working with various foreign embassies in Washington, DC, primarily, the Chinese, Russian, and Georgian embassies. Pete acted as a business development manager working on projects ranging from real estate development in China such as the Beijing Urban Construction company, one of the largest construction companies in the world. He also helped the development of international trade between China and US as well as other countries helping them navigate the myriad of regulations governing this type of business. Pete grew the Ali Group into a Wholly Owned Foreign Enterprise (WOFE), one of only 3 at that time in China, the other 2 being Hewlett Packard and Microsoft. Pete maintains excellent relationships he developed with people in these countries over this period. He has extensive experience working with many US government agencies such as the PEO Soldier, Natick Soldier Center, the State Department, and many intelligence agencies. He worked with the Foreign Comparative Testing Office where he was responsible for introducing Russian aramid materials to the PEO Soldier reducing the weight of the US IOTV by over 30%, far exceeding the weight saving offered by large corporations such as DuPont. Pete took the lessons learned and established a body armor company that caters to general duty law enforcement body armor, combat solutions, and ultra-clandestine solution designed for Special Mission applications. Pete brings an in-depth understanding of the intricacies of dealing with foreign military and civilian entities and how they interface with the US market and regulations.