Meet The Team
Ajit Maan, Ph.D.
Founder & CEO
Ajit Maan, Ph.D. is a security and defense policy analyst and a specialist in narrative strategies in radicalization processes. She is Professor of Practice at the Center for the Future of War and Member of the Brain Trust of the Weaponized Narrative Initiative at Arizona State University, as well as Affiliate Faculty at George Mason University's Center for Narrative Conflict Resolution.
Howard Gambrill Clark, Ph.D.
Howard Gambrill Clark, Ph.D. has specialized in influence strategies and psychological warfare for over 22 years. He is now the president of Narrative Strategies, where he teaches and researches the fields of strategic influence, psychological warfare, counterterrorism, and countering violent extremism.
Mr. Paul Cobaugh retired from the US Army as a Warrant Officer after a distinguished career in the US Special Operations CT community, primarily focused on mitigating adversarial influence and advancing US objectives by way of influence. Post military career he accepted the position of VP at Narrative Strategies.
Brian L. Steed, Ph.D.
Brian L. Steed, Ph.D. is currently an assistant professor of Military History and a retired US Army Middle East Foreign Area Officer. He served eight and a half consecutive years in the Middle East including an assignment as an officer in the Jordanian Armed Forces.
Lt. Col. (Retired) Scott Mann is a US Army Green Beret who spent 18 of his 23 years of service in Special Forces. He was Interagency Task Force Leader, USSOCOM, and was one of the architects of the Afghan Village Stability Program, chronicled in his award winning book, Game Changers; Going local to Defeat Violent Extremists
Patrick Christian, Ph.D.
Senior Field Research
Dr Patrick James Christian is a psychoanalytical anthropologist specializing in the psychopathology of violent ethnic and cultural conflicts. He is an adjunct professor at USSOCOM’s Joint Special Operations University and the managing partner of Valka-Mir Human Security R&D
Rand Waltzman, Ph.D.
Dr. Waltzman has 38 years of experience performing and managing research in Artificial Intelligence applied to domains including social media and cognitive security in the information environment. He is formerly Deputy Chief Technology Officer and a Senior Information Scientist at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, CA.
The Narrative Strategies Advisory Board
Arturo Muñoz, Ph.D.
Dr. Muñoz is a highly regarded former senior CIA officer, academic, and Subject Matter Expert. In the Directorate of Intelligence, Dr. Muñoz contributed to National Intelligence Estimates. In 2009, Muñoz retired overtly from the CIA and works in the private sector as a Senior Political Scientist for RAND Corporation.
Jennifer Bryson, Ph.D.
Jennifer S. Bryson is Director of Operations and Development at the Center for Islam and Religious Freedom (CIRF) in Washington, DC. She has been teaching part-time at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA since 2010. She serves on the Advisory Council of the Center for Women, Faith, and Leadership at the Institute for Global Engagement.
Judy Philipson, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Fellow
Judy Philipson, Ph.D. is a senior behavioral scientist and intelligence analyst specializing in threat detection, risk assessment, social communications, influence operations, and research methodology. She applies psychological theories and principles of behavior, cognition, social influence, and linguistics to detect, prevent, mitigate, and counter criminal, terrorist, and insider threats in cyber and real-world environments.
J. Edward Fox
Senior Associate Fellow
The Honorable J. Edward Fox is the president of Fox & Associates, a public policy and government affairs consulting firm in Washington, DC. Prior to the firm's founding in 2009, Fox had served for over 30 years in a variety of senior United States Government positions in the national security, foreign policy, and development policy areas in both the Executive and Legislative Branches of the US government.
Thomas A. Drohan. Ph.D.
Senior Associate Fellow
Dr. Thomas A. Drohan, Ph.D. is a senior leader and advisor with unrivaled cultural and analytical skills, strategic focus, and commitment to excellence. He seeks to understand complex operations and related national security threats, opportunities and challenges and collaboratively tailors alternative strategies for different contexts. Dr. Drohan is Director of International ISR Education and Training at JMark Services in Colorado Springs.
Kevin Ofchus is a former Supervisory Special Agent in the Department of Justice with the DEA, Department of Defense Subject Matter Expert (SME) and founder of Host Nation Perspectives SouthWest Asia. Over the last decade his projects covered a comprehensive range of subject matter to include counter insurgency, post conflict stabilization, and counter-violent extremism efforts within the host nation government(s) via the United States Department of Justice, Defense and State, USAID, and the Intelligence Community.