Formidable Foes – How Powerful People Stay Alive with Private Security/Private Intelligence

Thursday, April 21, 2022

4:00 – 6: 00 PM

Ziad Abdelnour

Moderator, Chairman FPC

Tim Kaelin

Tim Kaelin

CEO of Impact Analytics

Omar Hamada

Omar Hamada

CEO of Executive Operations

Hiba Osseiran

Hiba Osseiran

Event Organizer and Manager

Jack Devine

Jack Devine

Former Director of Operations, CIA

Lance Burton

Lance Burton

CEO of Hawkstorm Global

Stephen Arnold

Stephen Arnold

CEO of ArnoldIT

Barry Monies

Barry Monies

CEO of Computronix USA

Formidable Foes – How Powerful People Stay Alive with Private Security/Private Intelligence

Event Sponsor

Impact analyticsWe’re thrilled to invite you to the Financial Policy Council’s first webinar of the year, “Formidable Foes – How Powerful People Stay Alive with Private Security/Private Intelligence”.  Join us as FPC Founder and Chairman Ziad K. Abdelnour and FPC Executive Director Hiba Osseiran facilitate a timely discussion on cyber security and intelligence with leading experts in the field.


TOPIC: Formidable Foes – How Powerful People Stay Alive with Private Security/Private Intelligence

DATE: Thursday April 21, 2022

TIME : 4:00 – 6:00 pm EST

LOCATION: Worldwide

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Monday April 18, 2022


Topics to be Covered:

Powerful people do powerful things. They accumulate wealth, business acumen, contacts, friends –  things that their long list of enemies wants to take away or will go to great lengths to destroy.

This webinar is about how powerful people use private security and private intelligence to avoid the attacks of highly skilled criminals going after that big score. We will engage in a series of war games, where the “bad guys” will challenge the “good guys” on scenarios of attack and how to defend a client in danger or under attack.

This panel includes the CEOs of elite private security companies, experts on gathering targeting data on targets (like you!) from Open Source Intelligence, CEO of a top computer security company, and as a special guest, a man who was formerly the Director of Operations for the CIA – the top Spymaster on the planet!  All moderated by Ziad Abdelnour, master strategist and Chairman of the Financial Policy Council.


Ziad K. Abdelnour is Founder, President & CEO of Blackhawk Partners, Inc. a private “family office” in the business of originating, structuring & acting as equity investor in strategic corporate investments and co-Founder of Aeros-Blackhawk Partners; a trading platform focusing on the financing of real estate and project finance properties throughout the US.

Founder & Chairman of the Board of the Financial Policy Council ; a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization designed to give its select group of supporters the opportunity to have direct face-to-face dialogue with the nation’s quintessential power brokers and policymakers

A member of TIGER 21, a peer-to-peer learning group for super high net worth individuals and of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) – a private group of global chief executives whose companies employ 16 million people and generate 6-trillion USD in annual revenues

Author of the bestselling book “Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politics” and of the upcoming book ” Startup Saboteurs: How Incompetence, Ego, and Small Thinking Prevent True Wealth Creation” to be published in Summer 2019.

Mr. Abdelnour has over 30 year experience on Wall Street backing over 125 companies & serial entrepreneurs worth in aggregate over 20 billion dollars in the private equity, high yield bond and distressed debt markets.

He holds a MBA in Finance Summa Cum Laude from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania & BS in Economics, Summa Cum Laude, from the American University of Beirut

Today, Mr. Abdelnour continues to be featured in hundreds of media channels and publications every year and is widely seen as one of the top business leaders by millions around the world.

He was just recently been featured as one of the 500 Most Influential CEOs in the World

The Panelists:

Stephen Arnold

Mr. Arnold was one of the individuals involved in deploying US government wide search for President Clinton. The system, deployed in 2000 using a cloud-based architecture. He designed the architecture for the US government’s Threat Open Source Intelligence Gateway (2003 to 2006) and operated that system during this period of time. In his distinguished career, he has worked on projects for numerous US government agencies and many Fortune 1000 companies, including the world’s largest search service and software company. He was an advisor to i2 Ltd., developer of Analyst’s Notebook (now owned by IBM) and other companies developing investigative software and systems.

Mr. Arnold received the Eagleton Award from the American Society of Information Scientists in 1989. He worked at Halliburton (Nuclear Utility Services), Booz, Allen & Hamilton (Washington, DC), and Ziff Communications (New York City until 1992 when he began work as an independent subject matter expert in large-scale online systems, and he has worked as an expert witness and conducted investigations for US government agencies. His most recent book is Dark Web Notebook, a companion to the 2013 Cyber OSINT: Next Generation Information Access. He is a graduate Summa cum laude of Bradley University for his BA and MA degree.

Mr. Arnold completed work toward his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois but dropped out of the program to join Halliburton Nuclear. He has received awards for his work from ASIS, Information Today, and the State of New York. Mr. Arnold has lectured at universities, commercial and government entities, and at conferences on subjects related to his area of expertise. Additional information about Mr. Arnold’s commercial work is availableat A partial list of Mr. Arnold’s publications appears He produces DarkCyber Video News Program, every other month on YouTube. He also produces a free Web log related to online services He resides in rural Kentucky with his wife of 53 years and a rescued French bulldog. He and his wife have two children.

Lance Burton

Mr. Burton is a 1996 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. After 13 years in the Navy, he spent 3 years as a CIA military contractor before becoming an FBI Special Agent serving in both a Counterterrorism Unit and the Violent Crime/Major Offenses (VCMO) Squad, working against Cartels, gangs, human trafficking, and other criminal organizations.

Mr. Burton later founded Hawkstorm Global, an elite Security and Investigations firm which does anything from high level investigations and asset recovery to executive protection.

Jack Devine

Jack Devine is a founding partner and President of The Arkin Group LLC, which specializes in international crisis management, strategic intelligence, investigative research and business problem solving. He is a 32-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency (“CIA”). Mr. Devine served as both Acting Director and Associate Director of CIA’s operations outside the United States from 1993-1995, where he had supervisory authority over thousands of CIA employees involved in sensitive missions throughout the world. In addition, he served as Chief of the Latin American Division from 1992-1993 and was the principal manager of the CIA’s sensitive projects in Latin America.

Between 1990 and 1992, Mr. Devine headed the CIA’s Counternarcotics Center, which was responsible for coordinating and building close cooperation between all major U.S. and foreign law enforcement agencies in tracking worldwide narcotics and crime organizations. From 1985-1987, Mr. Devine headed the CIA’s Afghan Task Force, which successfully countered Soviet aggression in the region. In 1987, he was awarded the CIA’s Meritorious Officer Award for this accomplishment.

Mr. Devine’s international experience with the U.S. government included postings to Latin America and Europe. During his more than 30 years with the CIA, Mr. Devine was involved in organizing, planning and executing countless sensitive projects in virtually all areas of intelligence, including analysis, operations, technology and management.

He is the recipient of the Agency’s Distinguished Intelligence Medal and several meritorious awards. He is a recognized expert in Intelligence matters and has written Op-Ed articles for The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Foreign Affairs Magazine, The World Policy Journal, Politico and The Atlantic Monthly. He has also made guest appearances on National Press Club, CNN, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, Fox News, CSPAN, Bloomberg News as well as the History and Discovery channels, PBS, NPR and ABC Radio.

In the private sector, Mr. Devine previously served on Kohl’s Cyber Security Advisory Group, the SAP National Security Services (NS2) Advisory Board, the CyberCore Advisory Board and the Secretary of Navy’s Advisory Board. Mr. Devine resides in New York City and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He speaks Spanish and Italian.

Mr. Devine’s book, “Good Hunting! An American Spymaster’s Story”, a New York Times bestseller, was published in June 2014. It focuses on his Agency career and the role of Covert Action in the past and the future. He is represented by Leading Authorities for all speaking engagements. Book orders are handled by his Publishing Company, Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

In his most recent book “Spymaster’s Prism,” Jack Devine paints in vivid detail the diverse methods of espionage and subterfuge employed by Russia and its predecessor Soviet Union. Mr. Devine pays equal attention to the array of unblinking American efforts to stymie intelligence campaigns from Soviet and Russian operatives. For anyone interested in intelligence gathering relating to one of America’s longest enduring near peers, this book will cast light on shadowy spy craft while serving as a memoir for a celebrated veteran of the CIA.

Omar Hamada

Omar L. Hamada is a decorated veteran, former Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Special Forces (ABN), and an accomplished physician and business executive/entrepreneur living in Franklin, Tennessee.

Hamada earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Chemistry from Union University, a Master of Business Administration (in Finance and Entrepreneurship) from Vanderbilt University’s Owen School of Management, a Master of Theological Studies from Columbia Biblical Seminary, and a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He is also an alum of Long Island University and New York Institute of Technology.

Dr. Hamada serves/has served on various nonprofit and for profit boards as Chairman and Member, is a Trustee at Union University, and has held the academic rank of Associate Professor. Hamada has held leadership positions in several Fortune 100 companies to include HCA, Pfizer, and TeamHealth. He is currently Partner at Cocoon Resources, Chief Medical Officer of startups RxGenomix (pharmacogenomics) and Superhuman IV (IV therapy), and CEO of Executive Operations Group (utilizes combat veterans of Delta Force, the Navy SEALs, the U.S. Army Special Forces (Green Berets), and the CIA to train civilians in security and survival skills).

Dr Hamada is in demand as an award-winning speaker and is a regular contributor to FOX News, Laura Ingraham, NewsMax, America’s Voice Live, SekulowLive, Huckabee, EpochTimes, Focus on the Family, Moody Radio, and others on geopolitical, medical/health, social, and business topics, and is a Contributing Editor at the Western Journal and Spy & Survival Magazine. Hamada’s driving passion of representing Christ and advancing His Kingdom in all he does reflects the Special Forces mottos “to liberate the oppressed” and “to win hearts and minds” through relationship, mentoring, serving the less fortunate, living by example, writing, and speaking.

Dr Hamada is a classically trained spinto tenor (NY/Vienna) in the style of Mario Lanza, and plays classical and jazz trumpet. He is multilingual, enjoys worldwide travel, is an aspiring author, and adores his four children Gabriella, Annelise, Nicholas, and Josiah.

Tim Kaelin

Timothy J. Kaelin is CEO of Impact Analytics LLC a media and marketing company specializing in high volume, high profit, aggressive email marketing programs in the health, finance and conservative political space. The company generates several billion customer touches per year on behalf of its clients.

Previously, he was a founder of DigitalSelect the first commercial DSL company on the East Coast (acquired by Primus Telecom), lead online marketer for the $2 billion equipment manufacturer STIHL Outdoor Equipment and served as CTO of Newsmax Media, tripling its revenue in 2 years through his innovations in marketing operations and growth.

Tim began his career with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), running operations and developing technology and analytics, working targets in more than 30 countries in 12 years. He worked against communist insurgencies in El Salvador, Honduras, the Philippines and Nicaragua, Narcotics traffickers in Colombia, Peru and Bolivia, terrorist targets in Beirut, Iran, Somalia and India, and counterintelligence in Russia, Liberia, and much more.

Mr. Kaelin is conducting original research in his primary field of expertise, mass influence and psychology. He has written books about socialized healthcare and climate change and has presented research papers at conferences on a conservative capitalist solution to climate change. He trains in mixed martial arts and plays a mean jazz piano.

Tim holds a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Louisville and a Master of Arts in International Transactions from George Mason University.

Barry Monies

Barry Moniês serves as President and CEO of Computronix, LLC an 18 year old technology solutions company that designs, implements and manages data networks and communications infrastructures for small to medium sized businesses in the financial, legal and medical industries.

Almost consecutively, from 2008 through 2015, Computronix has been included in the MSP mentor 501 list, a distinguished list of the world’s top managed technology service providers. In addition, From 2012 through 2015, Mr. Moniês has been included in the yearly MSP mentor 250, a global list of the top 250 worldwide executives in the technology managed services industry.

Through Mr. Moniês leadership, Computronix has become one of the forefront managed technology service providers in the New York metropolitan area. Computronix specializes in Microsoft based server environments, multi-office networking (including international implementations), Communications/Exchange server implementation, network security assessment & implementation , data backup & recovery, remote services/VPN implementation, Cloud services, 24/7 monitoring and remote support/maintenance.

Mr. Moniês is also noted for his expertise in the area of internet security and the protection and recovery of electronic data. Several years ago, he was invited to participate in a Congressional Conference in Washington, D.C. with Homeland Security on issues relating to internet security and electronic terrorism. Mr. Moniês has also worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigation on matters related to electronic security, internet forensics, and issues related to network intrusion.

In 2000, Mr. Moniês spun off Computronix’ security division as a separate incorporated entity. Under the name Computronix Security Systems, Inc. (CSSI), the new company built a state-of-the-art security operations center (SOC) and monitored more than $4 Billion in annual transactions & 50-100 hacker incidents per day. In 2002, Mr. Moniês successfully forged a strong alliance with Sony Electronics to jointly offer an Internet security service for small to medium sized businesses nationwide. In 2004, Mr. Moniês purchased CSSI from the investors and incorporated the business as part of Computronix’ managed services offering.

As a consummate entrepreneur, Over the years, Mr. Moniês also started and/or participated in various businesses including an exotic automotive sales and service business, a day-trading & stock advisory service, a commercial real estate investment firm, an international importing business and several Internet based ecommerce businesses.

Mr. Moniês is an active participant in local, regional and national business organizations. He has served on many Boards and continues to serve as Chairman of the Board of The Soundview Club, a private regional business club located in Stamford, CT. Mr. Moniês and his companies have received media attention in many publications including Forbes magazine, the Connecticut Business Magazine, the Fairfield County Business Journal and various other news outlets.

Mr. Moniês believes strongly in community involvement and has actively participated in several non-profit organizations including Stoneage Incorporated, where he held a position of Chairman of the Board, the United Way, the Outreach Program for the blind, the Special Olympics and many others.

Mr. Moniês enjoys spending time and traveling with his wife Indira and sons, Eric, Brandon and Julien. He also enjoys fishing, day trading and starting new businesses.

Hiba Osseiran

Ms Osseiran’s work focuses on global networking, communication, database collection and connecting corporate CEO’s seeking business partnership and collaboration.

A professional education and organization fundraiser with more than ten years of experience and a proven record of fundraising success, Ms Osseiran has many years of experience supporting various charitable and non – profit organizations and committed to making a significant contribution.

Hiba is a member of the Society of International Business Fellows, Middle East Leadership Academy Chapter and Co-Founder of an NGO that supports patients with multiple sclerosis.

Ms Osseiran enjoys worldwide travel to explore new destinations with unique experiences and to expand her network of connections. She maintains strong relationships with influential and professional leaders worldwide.

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