Dave’s Bio

 PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • President, Sahara Consulting Services, Inc., Mesa, Arizona.  February 1995 – present.  Provides U.S. Government clients with translations and reports to meet intelligence community objectives. Pioneered Arabic deep web research and open source collection techniques, tradecraft, and reporting to meet intelligence community objectives. Islamist terrorism Subject Matter Expert. Provides dynamic speaking engagements tailored to audience/customer needs. Experienced media analyst and consultant. Translates materials for the Intelligence Community, law firms, and international agencies. Author of “It’s the Ideology: How to Defeat Islamist Terrorism Once and for All.”

 

  • Senior Language Analyst/GS-13, US Intelligence Community.  October 1978 – August 1992.  For 12 years assigned to a variety of locations in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.  Responsible for supervision of staff and management of resources; translation of foreign language material; analysis of political, military, commercial, and diplomatic activity; planning and executing operations to achieve intelligence community objectives; database management; and technical writing.  Required to safeguard classified material; develop operational policies and procedures; lead small teams in expeditionary and remote environments; coordinate operational requirements between various federal agencies; and to assist with budget and fiscal planning.  Also involved in contingency and safety planning to respond to emergency and safety concerns at overseas locations.  This position required numerous high-level security clearances.

 

  • Voice Intercept Operator and Cryptologic Linguist/Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps.  August 1974 – August 1977.  Graduated from Defense Language Institute (Arabic Program) Dec. 1975 with honors.  Completed Radiotelephone training in April 1976.  Responsible for supervision of staff and management of resources; translation of foreign language material; analysis of military activity; technical writing; development of operational policies and procedures; operation and management of sophisticated communications and collection systems; safeguarding of classified material; and various military duties as assigned.  Served in both domestic and foreign installations.  This position required a high-level security clearance.