College of Strategic Intelligence

Dr. Daniel Burghart is Dean of the College of Strategic Intelligence and Professor of National Security and Eurasian Studies at the National Intelligence University (NIU) in Bethesda, MD.

A specialist in Russian, CIS and Central European Affairs, he entered the Army in 1973 and served in a variety of Foreign Area Officer assignments before retiring as a Colonel with 30 years of service in June 2003. Prior to coming to NIU, Dr. Burghart taught and was a research fellow at the National Defense University. He has also has served as Senior National Security Policy Advisor at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, U.S. Defense and Army Attaché to Kazakhstan, and a Mission Commander at the On Site Inspection Agency, where he led arms control inspections to the republics of the Former Soviet Union.

Along with articles in defense and civilian journals, he is the author of the book Red Microchip: Technology Transfer, Export Control and Economic Restructuring in the Soviet Union, and co-editor with Dr. Theresa Sabonis-Helf of the book In the Tracks of Tamerlane: Central Asia’s Path to the 21st Century.

Dr. Burghart has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois, a dual Masters in Political Science and Russian Area Studies from University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. in Russian and International Studies from the University of Surrey.

Anthony G. Oettinger School of Science and Technology Intelligence

Dr. Brian Holmes is the Dean of the School of Science and Technology Intelligence at the National Intelligence University in Bethesda, MD. The School is the focus for science and technical analytic education, research and external engagement across the intelligence and national security communities.

As a synthetic chemist, Dr. Holmes researched multidisciplinary areas of science including aspects of nanotechnology and crystal engineering. After serving two years as a Post-Doctoral Associate in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science researching organic semiconductors, he accepted a two-year American Society for Engineering Education Fellowship with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC studying single electron nanotransistors.

Dr. Holmes served as an all-source intelligence analyst and Branch Chief in the Defense Intelligence Agencies’ (DIA) Counterproliferation Support Office from 2006-2010 before accepting a managerial position in the Directorate for Analysis’ Staff Operations Division. He was a Direct Commission intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, serving from 2007-2011 and reached the rank of Lieutenant (O-3). For three years he supported the Afghanistan-Pakistan Task Force as an all-source intelligence analyst in DIA’s Directorate for Intelligence (J2).

From 2012-2016, Dr. Holmes chaired the Emerging and Disruptive Technology, Geostrategic Resources and Environment, and Weapons of Mass Destruction concentrations in the School. He serves as an executive representative to the Scientific and Technical Intelligence Committee (STIC) under the auspices of the National Intelligence Council, and directly supports Intelligence Community Directive 204 (National Intelligence Priorities Framework). He primarily focuses his research on dual use technologies, and the translation of emerging research and development into advanced materials for military systems. From 2016-2017, Dr. Holmes served as the Associate Dean of the School of Science and Technology Intelligence.

He holds two patents with the U.S. Navy, has published numerous peer reviewed scientific papers, and received the Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis Distinguished Analysis Award in addition to a National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation. On August 07, 2017, Dr. Holmes qualified for the academic title of Professor of Intelligence.

Dr. Holmes has a B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in History from the University of Delaware and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Clemson University.