The Anneal Initiative founders consistently drive intelligence to be predictive so they can maximize decision-makers’ opportunities to prevent incidents or attacks before they occur. They combine that forward looking approach with innovative methodologies for integrating government and industry leaders into the intelligence process to make intelligence far more applicable and available for those leaders. This enables the identification and prioritization of decision-makers’ most critical information needs and ensures those information needs drive the entire intelligence cycle. Anneal Initiative, Inc. has and will continue to advance intelligence as a highly effective tool for informing industry and government leaders on high impact decisions they must make regarding security policies, defensive strategies, future capabilities, and budgets.
Protected power infrastructure across 20 states through cyber intelligence analysis that shaped defensive strategies for power utilities
Authored winning selection for a 2014 U.S. Cyber Command call for cyber strategy papers detailing the importance of a networked cyber intelligence model that can detect threats long before existing commercial products
Provided intelligence analysis that was briefed to the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense hearing in January 2017 that enabled state and national policy makers to emphasize the critical importance of analyzing biological threats to the nation’s citizens, livestock, and crops
Enabled development of more effective infectious disease containment processes and facilities well in advance of other Ebola response efforts across the nation
Wrote intelligence components of Homeland Security Advisory Council Cyber Subcommittee recommendations for the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security identifying the importance of leveraging classified cyber threat intelligence to protect critical infrastructure across the nation
Provided high impact cybersecurity, counterterrorism and bio-threat intelligence to local, state, and federal agencies as well as critical infrastructure operators that advanced threat knowledge and defensive strategies far beyond any previous information sharing efforts
In the years following September 11th, 2001, Anneal Initiative’s founders recognized a systemic divide between the nation’s intelligence analysis expertise and the subject matter expertise in critical infrastructure, public health, agricultural, and law enforcement. Their response was to form a uniquely effective intelligence analysis operation that bridged these disparate elements to conduct robust analysis that provided early warning and threat detection for critical infrastructure, counterterrorism investigations, and to forecast disease outbreaks among humans, animals, and crops. The Anneal team has used this experience leading intelligence analysis operations to re-envision a more robust and effective intelligence cycle that integrates these non-government operational environment data streams with government threat data. This allows for a more fluid and seamless incorporation of non-traditional expertise into otherwise incomplete analysis to produce much more relevant and timely intelligence.
Additionally, it provides a scalable model that allows nationwide integration of the non-government expertise that is critical to defending the nation and also very difficult to replicate.
Supported counterterrorism investigations by identifying/mapping previously unknown terrorism threat elements
Merged government threat information with operational environment data to identify roughly 6 million previously unknown instances of nefarious cyber activity impacting networks in the United States
Developed processes that enhanced collaboration between government and industry to improve cyber intelligence capabilities while ensuring the privacy of industry partners and the security of classified government data
Over the course of a decade, the Anneal Initiative founders developed and led one of the most innovative multi-discipline/multi-agency intelligence analysis teams in the nation. Their experience in bringing together the critical infrastructure expertise and government intelligence analysis expertise proved that together those entities could generate much earlier warning of emerging threats and more robust risk assessments. This multi-discipline approach also provided invaluable scientific and technical context that helped fill national intelligence gaps and direct additional intelligence efforts. The Anneal Initiative team has continued to develop innovative strategies for building high value intelligence analysis by combining the efforts of the government analysts, who have extensive threat understanding, with the industry and academic experts with the best understanding of the operational environment. They have also continued designing processes and tools to coalesce that knowledge through collaborative intelligence analysis while providing even greater protection for the sensitive information of both industry and government partners.
Trained and formed multi-discipline bio-threat, counterterrorism, and cyber teams which produced strategic intelligence analysis that drove substantial defensive and operational improvements across multiple organizations
Oversaw the intelligence work of 65 TS/SCI cleared analysts and subject matter experts from three dozen agencies/organizations/corporations
Led a team of fifteen cleared biological, agricultural, medical, and epidemiological experts that produced leading edge analysis on pathogens posing threats to the nation’s citizens, livestock, and food supply
Navigated bureaucratic hurdles across multiple agencies and organizations to integrate critical infrastructure cyber experts into classified analysis, advancing industry threat warning and providing invaluable threat context to government analysts