FACULTY

distinguished faculty

Scott Bethel, Brigadier General (R), US Air Force

Scott Bethel is the Founder and CEO of Integrity ISR, a company that offers a wide range of services for multi-domain C4ISR strategy, training, and operations. He is a retired Air Force brigadier general with 27 years of senior leadership experience in intelligence, cyber, kinetic targeting, unmanned vehicle operations, and education. He has worked in both an advisory and training role with US and coalition partners including Saudi Arabia, UAE, Thailand, Poland, Pakistan, the Netherlands, Finland, and Mexico. In addition to teaching at ISR University, Scott is also a Professor at Angelo State University and serves on numerous Academic and Professional Boards. Scott holds a master’s degree in strategic intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College and a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Northern Illinois University. He also was a national security fellow at Boston University. He is the author of the book Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin and Russian Foreign Policy for the New Millennium: A New Approach (2002, Air University Press) and numerous articles on ISR, CYBER, and Targeting.

mike grunwald, colonel (R), US Air Force

Mike Grunwald is the Integrity ISR Senior Vice President for Intelligence Operations. As a USAF intelligence officer, he led analytical efforts as an ISR Director of Operations and Squadron Commander and Chief of the ISR Division at Al Udeid and built solid analytical foundations for the US Air Force as the 17th Training Group Commander and ultimately as the AETC Director of Intelligence, Innovation, and Analysis. Mike was critical to intelligence operations across nine deployments and consistently delivered– and trained his Airmen and Joint service personnel to deliver– high quality predictive intelligence analysis and full spectrum support to multi- domain operations. In addition to teaching at ISR University, Mr Grunwald is also a current instructor for the US Air War College. Mike holds of Master of Strategic Studies from National War College, a Master of Military Operational Air and Science from Air Command and Staff College, and a Master of Arts in Air Power History from American Military University. He is a graduate of the US Air Force Weapons School and holds a Bachelor of Science in History from the US Air Force Academy.

jon kimminau, defense intelligence senior leader / colonel (R), US Air Force

Jon “Doc” Kimminau has nearly 40 years of Air Force Intelligence experience. After serving 30 years active duty in AF signals intelligence, reconnaissance, and command roles from squadron up to two different Centers, he served eight years as a Defense Intelligence Senior Leader (DISL) and a the principal advisor to the DCS/ISR on analytic tradecraft, substantive intelligence capabilities, acquisition of analysis technology, human capital and standards. He formulated and established analysis doctrine; liaised with intelligence analysis focal points in the Intelligence Community, and established mechanisms to enhance USAF analytic capabilities. His last assignment was joint duty as the Special Advisor to the Director of Operations, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

Kimberlee shaneyfelt, nee joos, colonel (R), US Air Force

Kimberlee Shaneyfelt retired as a Colonel in 2015 after 23 years of service in the USAF. Her primary military specialty was intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, commanding the AMC Air Intelligence Squadron, the Misawa Security Operations Center/373rd ISR Group, and, ultimately, the 17th Training Wing, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas. She received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Southeast Missouri State University, a Master of Arts in Security Studies from Georgetown University, a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategy from Air University, and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from National Defense University. In addition to her work for Integrity ISR, she was appointed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott as a Commissioner for the Texas Veterans Commission in 2018 and is also involved in volunteer work with the Denton County Master Gardener Association and St Mark Catholic Church in Denton, TX.

instructors

larissa beavers, master sergeant, USAF

Larissa Beavers is a Senior Space Curriculum Developer and Instructor for the 533rd Training Squadron, Vandenberg AFB. She is also a reservist in the U.S. Air Force as a previous Intelligence Professional with a focus on signals and cyber intelligence but currently serving as a First Sergeant. As a mother of 3 boys, she understands the importance of teaching and leading with enthusiasm and compassion. Larissa is a Strategic Intelligence Doctoral Student at American Military University. She earned a Master of Arts in Intelligence Collection Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Intelligence Studies from American Military University. Larissa has utilized her professional and academic skills to connect theory to practice by drawing connections between academic literature and professional implementation, publishing multiple articles in Modern Diplomacy.

Rick Farotte, Lieutenant Commander (R), USN

Rick Farotte is a retired US Navy Intelligence Officer with 20 years of Operational Intelligence experience in strike warfare, special operations and space planning. He has combat experience having served with Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines and Carrier Air Wing NINE during Operation Enduring Freedom. He is a certified Navy Master Training Specialist and Air Force Instructor and was the first US Navy Intelligence Officer to serve as Chief of Current Operations at the Combined Space Operations Center (CSPOC). Rick now serves as an Instructor for the US Space Force at the 533rd Training Squadron at Vandenberg AFB, CA.

jeff montgomery, Lieutenant Colonel (R), USAF

Jeff Montgomery is a USAF veteran with 20 years’ experience in multiple tactical and theater operations and large scale exercises. His experience ranges from ground tactical air control systems, F-16 operations, C-130 operations, air operations center, targeting, counter-insurgency operations, and analysis. Mr. Montgomery’s training experience includes USAF and foreign military course design, development, and execution since 2009, including over 2500 AETC contact hours in the following technical training course: USAF Intelligence Officer Applications Course, USAF Intelligence Analyst Course, and the USAF Targeting Analysis Course. He’s well- versed across multiple training delivery methods: guided discussion, formal lecture, exercise, and distance learning. Mr. Montgomery currently resides in Texas with his wife Ginger, daughter Erin, and son Jackson.

Todd Morris, Master Sergeant (R), USAF

After a successful 22-year career with the USAF, Todd has spent the last decade instructing hundreds of US and foreign military students in Critical Thinking, Targeting, ISR Operations, and Unit Operations as a defense contractor. While in service, Todd held positions at the Unit, Wing, MAJCOM, Unified, Joint, and AOC levels of operations, ultimately serving as the Flight Chief for Intelligence Operations at the 95 Reconnaissance Squadron at RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom. Todd currently resides in San Angelo, TX with his wife, Lea Ann, and his youngest daughter, Emily.

Travis Sampson, Master Sergeant (R), USAF

Travis Sampson is a seasoned intelligence instructor, who consistently earns perfect ratings from government instruction evaluators. Retired Air Force Master Sergeant with 20 years of active duty service, Travis brought over a decade of hands-on instruction and training experience prior to his transition to full-time instructor
with Integrity ISR. Travis retired from Creech AFB where he was dual hatted as the 432 Operations Support Squadron’s Operations Superintendent as well as the 432 Wing’s Intelligence Functional Manager. In this position he oversaw the professional development and training of more than 325 airmen across seven squadrons and two groups. Travis is also one of a select few certified by the USAF to teach advanced targeting, including collateral damage estimation. He currently lives in Texas with his wife and two youngest sons. His eldest son is carrying on the family’s military tradition on active duty in the United States Coast Guard.

Rob Sullivan, Master Sergeant (R), USAF

“Sully” Sullivan is the Director of International Training for Integrity ISR. He is a seasoned intelligence expert with a strong background in unit-level intelligence training and analysis. Throughout his U.S. Air Force career, Sully held critical positions building and training high performance intelligence teams supporting F-16 and A-10 operations around the world, including 10 combat related deployments and four deployments in support of humanitarian and disaster relief operations. As the Intelligence Superintendent at Red Flag – Alaska, he oversaw the development of training curriculum and execution of the intelligence training scenario for over 15 Large Force Exercises that included coalition and international partners. His breadth of experience includes security management for the Ground Based Missile Defense program in Alaska, being a credentialed Field Intelligence Officer for the Transportation Security Administration, and most recently an international intelligence instructor developing curriculum and teaching international students from places such as Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Cameroon, and Iraq.

Thomas “Dee” Zimmerman, Lieutenant Colonel (R), USAF

Dee Zimmerman is a former enlisted Cryptologic Linguist, C-130 Navigator, Theater Airlift Liaison Officer (TALO), and Intelligence Officer. A graduate of the Defense Language Institute of Monterey, where he was immersed in Arabic language and cultural studies, he was later selected early in his career to become a classroom and airborne instructor for the Compass Call, EC-130 jamming system. After selection for OTS, he held positions as a C-130 navigator, where he routinely flew the RC-130 “Senior Scout” aircraft in Central and South America. After moving to the Tanker Airlift Control Squadron, he became an Operations Officer and TALO and joined 13th ASOS supporting the US Army during the initial invasion of Iraq. After returning from Iraq, Dee became an instructor for the TALO program before joining the USAF Reserves as an Intelligence Officer. He held positions as Chief of Targeting for the JIOWC, Senior Intelligence Officer at the squadron level, and Senior Intelligence Duty Officer for AMC/TACC. He has deployed to the CENTCOM, SOUTHCOM, and EUCOM theaters multiple times in support of the Kosovo Campaign, Operation Southern Watch, the War on Drugs, and OIF.

adjunct instructors

kevin wooten, brigadier general (R), usaf

Kevin Wooton is owner and principal of Wooton Consulting Group, LLC, providing strategic direction and support in cybersecurity and intelligence issues across the spectrum of commercial and federal organizations. Wooton Consulting’s clients range from Fortune 500 companies to new small business start-ups. Kevin is a retired brigadier general of the United States Air Force with nearly 29 years of military service, culminating in the Principal Deputy Director of Air, Space, and Cyberspace Operations at Air Force Space Command where he oversaw the organizing, training, and equipping of Air Force Space Command units for globally integrated space, cyberspace, and ISR operations. Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree in geophysics from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University. The Hoover Institution at Stanford University also named him a National Security Fellow.

Jennifer Sovada, Colonel (R), USAF

Air Force innovation leader and Forbes Top 50 AI in Government Influencer Jen Sovada is the Chief Futures Officer and Senior Vice President / General Manager for the Defense market for the Intelligence Community (IC) start-up MissionTech Solutions. Jen is responsible to bring MissionTech’s model for integrating new technologies into government to defense clients. In her last job in the Air Force, Jen served as the Chief of Talent Management for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Cyber Effects Operations, Headquarters, U.S. Air Force, where she was responsible for the career development of over 35,000 Airmen across the Air Force ISR Enterprise including enlisted, officer and civilian. Prior to her work leading talent management, Jen served as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for ISR and conducted outreach to the private sector where she fostered communication and transparency to enable improved DoD, IC, and USAF strategy development, acquisition, tech advancements and operational capability. She previously served as the Wing Commander of the Air Force Technical Applications Center and as a Chief of Staff of the Air Force Fellow. As a fellow, she served one year at the Central Intelligence Agency and one year as the Air Force representative to Chief of Staff of the Army’s Strategic Studies Group.

Kent D. Benjamin, Supervisory Special Agent (R), Department of Commerce (DoC)

Kent D. Benjamin is the Vice President / Co-Founder of C2Integrations LLC, providing Tactical and Strategic consulting and support to Department of Defense (DoD), Inter-Agency (IA) and Law Enforcement (LE) Agencies both foreign and domestic. Mr. Benjamin has over twenty years of experience as a Special Agent working on complex CWMD critical technology cases. While serving as Unit Chief for DoC National Security Division Mr. Benjamin was responsible for facilitating investigative cases and joint operational initiatives, between the DoD, Intelligence Community, Foreign Governments, and other Law Enforcement Agencies. Mr. Benjamin served as a Supervisory Special Agent responsible for overseeing Special Agents working at locations in nine countries; his duties included managing strategic outreach engagement and foreign engagement programs. Mr. Benjamin is the recipient of two Gold Medals; Department of Commerce’s highest award for the “For Excellence in the disruption of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorist procurement networks.” From 2002-2003, Mr. Benjamin was deployed with the United States Army, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where he was stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as a Senior Interrogator for High Value Detainees. He was again deployed from 2003-2004 in support of Iraqi Freedom as First Sergeant responsible for ten, four man tactical HUMNIT teams, stationed throughout Iraq. Mr. Benjamin retired from military service after twenty seven years. 

Tom Ruby, Ph.D., Colonel (R), USAF

Tom Ruby is CEO of Bluegrass Critical Thinking Solutions, a business and defense consulting firm. He is a retired Air Force Colonel who served 26 years on active duty, with positions including Squadron Intelligence Officer, Chief of Doctrine for the AF ISR Enterprise, and Chief of Special Programs for the Air Force Materiel Command. He was Associate Dean of the Air Command and Staff College, where he developed exchange programs with the NATO School, the French École Militaire, the German General Staff College and Poland’s National Defense University. He served on General Petraeus’ Joint Strategic Assessment Team as well as in three combat deployments. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Kentucky and actively mentors graduate students through the American Political Science Association. He is morality in warfare.

Matt Crouse

Matt Crouse is an Independent Consultant and Data Analyst who assists companies and Senior Leaders develop and build-out robust analytical solutions that help drive company performance. Before becoming a consultant, Matt spent over 10 years as Business/Financial Analyst for several large Healthcare corporations, including CHS, HCA and Cigna. After a successful career creating reporting tools and analysis, Matt now focuses his time creating learning opportunities for young analysts as well as providing Business Analysis for State and National Government. Matt currently lives in Nashville, TN with his wife and 2 children and enjoys running, weightlifting, shenanigans, and tomfoolery.

Chris Phelps

Raised in a politically conscious family, Chris developed a love for international affairs and the discussion of complex problems at an early age. He served in the United States Air Force as a senior intelligence analyst for an around-the-clock intelligence center. After separation from service, Chris became a business intelligence and data analyst by day and a consultant, educator, and aspiring author by night. Chris currently works with a team of incredible people to tackle some of the foundational issues facing modern intelligence analysis. He also authors articles on geopolitical, military, environmental, and law enforcement topics. Chris is an outdoors enthusiast, residing in North Western Florida.