Board of Directors

Mark Lowenthal, President of the Intelligence & Security Academy has served as Assistant Director of Central Intelligence (ADCI) for Analysis & Production; Vice Chairman for Evaluation, National Intelligence Council; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence; and Staff Director, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI).  Dr. Lowenthal is the author of the standard college/graduate school textbook on intelligence, Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy, now in its 5th edition (CQ Press).  He also serves as an adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins University.  In 1988, Dr. Lowenthal was the Grand Champion on the television quiz show Jeopardy!

Mike Munson has served as the Deputy Director, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and as the Deputy Director for National Support, National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). He also served as Director of the Intelligence Program Review for DOD and as study director for the National Defense Panel. He was the Deputy Director for Plans for the Presidential Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction for the Executive Office of the President from 2004-2005. 

Margaret Munson has served as the Director of the Defense Security Service (DSS); Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counterintelligence and Security in the Office of the ASD C3I for Command Control, Communications and Intelligence; and Deputy Director for Administration, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).   Ms. Munson was a team member training the new senior officials of the Iraqi Ministry of Defense in Baghdad.  She served as the Director for Analysis on the Independent Panel to review DoD Detention Operations, chaired by former Secretary of Defense, Dr. James Schlesinger.  She helped develop counterterrorist training guidelines for the Department of Homeland Security.  She served as the Director for Analysis for the Secretary of Defense Task Force on DoD Nuclear Weapons Management. She was the Study Director for Defense studies on the use of Chemical Weapons during Desert Shield/Storm.

Aris Pappas, Senior Director of the Microsoft Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments. Prior to joining Microsoft, Mr. Pappas was co-founder and vice-president of IntelligenceEnterprises, LLC, a consulting firm supporting a broad range of customers ranging from the space-based imagery industry to the Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Pappas was a career CIA analyst, holding positions in both the Intelligence (analytic) and Operations Directorates. He was an Assistant National Intelligence Officer during the first Gulf War, and later Executive Secretary of the Director of Central Intelligence’s (DCI) Intelligence Science Board. After a year-long tour at the FBI, Mr. Pappas established the DCI’s Homeland Security Staff.

Harold Rosenbaum is the President of Centra Technology, Inc.

James Simon recently retired as the Director of The Microsoft Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments. Before joining Microsoft, he was President and CEO of IntelligenceEnterprises, LLC.  A career CIA officer, he was appointed by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate as the first, and last, Assistant Director of Central Intelligence for Administration. After September 11th, he was designated as the senior intelligence official for homeland security.