College of Strategic Intelligence

Dr. Eric Hammersen is Dean of the College of Strategic Intelligence and Professor at the National Intelligence University (NIU) in Bethesda, MD.

He spent more than forty-five years’ experience in the military, diplomatic and intelligence domains of the national security policy field – both in the United States and abroad.  After graduating with honors from the Virginia Military Institute and being commissioned in the Field Artillery, served in positions of increasing responsibility – including as a strategic adviser to generals and ambassadors at a U.S. combatant command, a major NATO command, the largest U.S. diplomatic mission in the world, and one of the nation’s intelligence agencies.  After retiring from active duty, he served in senior positions in the defense intelligence community, taught national security strategy and intelligence-related courses at the National War College and was Vice President for Outreach at NIU.

Dr. Hammersen completed the doctoral program in Human and Organizational Learning at The George Washington University.  He has also earned a Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence at NIU, a Master of Arts in History at the University of Virginia, and a Bachelor of Arts in English at the Virginia Military Institute.  He graduated with honors from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Joint Forces Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College.   Dr. Hammersen is a recipient of the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award for sustained, exceptional performance, as well as multiple military awards and decorations.

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.