Intelligence Analyst, International Affairs
Hello, I'm David Firester, founder/CEO of TRAC Intelligence, LLC.
David Firester's Bio:
David Firester is founder and CEO of TRAC Intelligence, LLC (Threat Reporting and Analysis Consultants - www.tracintelligence.com). He also teaches American Government at Baruch College, as a Graduate Teaching Fellow, while completing a Ph.D. in Political Science.
Recently, David consulted as a Policy Analyst and Intelligence Analyst at the State of New Jersey's Regional Operations Intelligence Center (NJ ROIC, or Fusion Center); a collaboration run by the Department of Homeland Security, New Jersey State Police and a variety of federal, state and local law enforcement and intelligence entities.
Broad areas of academic specialty include American Politics, Public Policy, COIN (Counterinsurgency)/Insurgency, counter-terrorism, and the regional Arab-Israeli conflict. He has harnessed his expertise as a former member of the U.S. Intelligence Community, to write an award-winning MA Thesis (2011).
He is presently fielding new offers, accepting new clients and looking forward to new opportunities.
David Firester's Experience:
Graduate Assistant at Ralph Bunche Institute for International StudiesSeptember 2012
Student at The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY)August 2012
All Source Intelligence Analyst at U.S. Army ReserveAugust 2008 - October 2010 | Ft. Dix, NJ
Contributed to strategic intelligence products for the Defense Intelligence Agency's Arabian Peninsula mission Developed counter-terrorism analyses and presented them to the entire unit, based on classified and unclassified sources from Human Intelligence, Imagery Intelligence, and all forms of Electronic Intelligence, etc.
Intelligence Analyst at US ArmyAugust 2002 - October 2010
3100th Strategic Intelligence Group.
Police Officer at Town of ChesterSeptember 2008 - May 2010
Field Training Officer, Evidence Technician, Crime Scene Investigator, Patrol, PBA Vice President (de facto President as well).
Deputy Sheriff at Orange County Sheriff's OfficeDecember 2004 - August 2008
Patrol, Field Intelligence Officer, Crisis Negotiator.
Standardization Instructor at US ArmyMarch 2007 - September 2007 | COB Speicher; Tikrit, Iraq
Task Force ODIN: Selected and trained Flight Instructors to perform all duties to standard (training the trainers) Implemented the above TTPs Instructed large and small groups on the same
Flight Instructor at US ArmyAugust 2006 - September 2007
Task Force ODIN: Selected from among 12 Noncommissioned Officers to have: ? Written the manual for operations ? Actively trained newly arriving personnel (approximately 25) during flight ? Developed appropriate Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTP)
Air Sensor Operator (first in the U.S. Army) at US ArmySeptember 2006 - September 2007 | COB Speicher; Tikrit, Iraq
Task force ODIN: Conducted Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition missions in support of Conventional and Special Operations Forces, while having: Operated and instructed on the use of: an MX-15D Full Motion Video Camera, PeARL [Peters equipment Aerial Reconnaissance Low] Camera, Multiple AN PRC-117 communications (and associated Communications Security) devices, and various proprietary and OTS cartographical software. Supervised and participated in a variety of operations: High Value Target/Individual retrieval/destruction, Cordon-and-Search over-watch, area denial and interdiction, primary target selection/designation and Battle Damage Assessment, confirmed/denied suspected IED-associated activities/personnel, supported multiple ground and air units (manned, unmanned, fixed and rotary wing) simultaneously, target handover, designated for remote "Hellfire" missile engagement
Imagery Intelligence Analyst at U.S. Army ReserveJuly 2003 - August 2006 | Ft. Dix, NJ/Ft. Wadsworth, NY
323rd MI Bn.: Supervised junior enlisted personnel in the analysis of aerial and ground imagery development by photographic and electronic means: Prepared reconnaissance and surveillance (R & S) requests to support R & S plan; utilized all cuing in support of imagery intelligence cycle; received, reviewed and evaluated imagery mission results; performed quality control on aerial imagery analysis reports Responsible for the health, welfare and professional development of an imagery team
Graduate Teaching Fellow at Queens CollegeAugust 2013 - August 2014
• Developed syllabus for and taught (unassisted) up to 55 students per class in the following courses: o “Introduction to Political Science” o “Guns, Drones and (un)Authorized Uses of Force”
Graduate Teaching Fellow at Baruch CollegeAugust 2014 - Present | New York, NY
• Developed syllabus for and taught (unassisted) up to 45 students per class: American Government
Policy Analyst/Intelligence Analyst at New Jersey State PoliceApril 2015 - August 2015 | West Trenton, NJ
Policy Analyst: • Revised and re-wrote Privacy/Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Policy (and an Executive Summary) for the Command Staff • Revised and provided key insights and editorial commentary on security and intelligence policies Intelligence Analyst: • Collected, analyzed raw intelligence and authored and disseminated finished intelligence products on a variety of topics for the Threat Analysis Unit at the NJ ROIC, including but not limited to: o International and domestic threats to the public, police, and critical infrastructure o Wrote and reviewed Daily Threat Overview, Ad Hoc Reports, and Event-Specific reports o Worked alongside federal, state and local entities in an Information Sharing Environment (ISE) o Participated in joint command/interagency meetings as well as daily crime and threat briefings
David Firester's Education:
City University of New York Graduate Center2012 – 2017Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)Concentration: Poltical Science
City University of New York City College2010 – 2011MAConcentration: International Relations
City University of New York Graduate Center2001 – 2002BAConcentration: Political Science
David Firester's Interests & Activities:
Reading, cartography, watching documentaries and comedies, writing.