I am a foreign affairs analyst, writer and researcher, music aficionado, and YouTube archivist in the Washington DC area. I will be retiring by the end of the year after a 38-year career with the US Department of State's Bureau of Intelligence and Research, where I have managed and mentored, as well as analyzed and written about diplomacy, politics and military affairs -- in the 1980s about the USSR (you can read about my involvement with the Active Measures Working Group here and here, and view my unclassified publications prepared specifically for the counter-Soviet effort here), then -- for the next 27 years -- about the Middle East (specifically, the Arab-Israeli conflict, political-military relations and the strategic balance). Recently I have been working on foreign policy issues related to Africa.

I've received numerous Departmental awards for my leadership skills and scholarship . During the course of my career I've penned thousands of memos, research papers and in-depth analyses on a vast array of topics central to US foreign and military affairs for policymakers, Congress and the White House. My expertise is open-source and all-source intelligence analysis.

In addition to my professional interests, I manage a classical music YouTube channel with more than 33,000 subscribers. I have a large collection of LPs -- including many old classical recordings that have never been commercially marketed on CD -- and enjoy digitizing these rare performances to make them more widely available.

Additionally, I've worked with the Drupal CMS for the last 16 years and am available to assist on all aspects of setup, configuration and maintenance. I recently completed re-building a record store with Drupal 7 and am adding LPs daily. (I've been selling LPs to music lovers around the world for the last 15 years.) I am now working with Drupal 8 and eventually will be migrating this site and others.

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