Who Am I?

My name is R.C. Porter. I am a retired Intelligence Official with more than 33 years of experience in both the military and civilian affairs.


I began by career as a civil servant, a Deputy Sheriff in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. That lasted for about eighteen months in the late 1970’s.  I left the Sheriff’s Department and joined the U.S. Air Force in November 1979.  After completing Officer Candidate School, I served in various positions in Air Force Intelligence in Southeast Asia and the Pentagon.

 I left the Air Force at the rank of Captain (honorable discharge) in 1983 and began a career with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).  I served in  various positions including:  Senior Middle Eastern Desk Officer (JCS/J2) for Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and the West Bank/Gaza; Intelligence Collection Specialist for the DoD Counterdrug Program; Lead Intelligence Officer for Imagery Collection DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM. I left DIA in 1994 to join The Office of the Secretary Of Defense, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command Control, Communications and Intelligence — ASD(C3I).

During my tenure with the ASD(C3I), I was the Intelligence Representative to the Defense Science Board (DSB) – a “think-tank,” for the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense regarding the most challenging and difficult intelligence issues facing DoD.  I also served as the DoD Intelligence Representative to the Department’s Antiterrorism Coordinating Committee – in the aftermath of the Khobar Towers Bombing in Saudi Arabia, and the terrorist attack/bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen.

In 2002, I “left” the ASD(C3I) to help stand-up the Under Secretary Of Defense for Intelligence – USD(I) – in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center Towers and the Pentagon.  I was the principal SNOWFLAKE responder for USD(I) – a method that Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld used on a wide breadth of intelligence inquiries — that reached beyond DoD and extended across the entire National Security establishment.  I also continued as the Department’s Intelligence representative to the Secretary’s Defense Science Board.

In 2009, I returned to DIA and served the final three years of my intelligence career as the Senior Advisor to the Director for Technical Collection.  We provided intelligence collection support to deployed personnel and the military worldwide – including Iraq, Afghanistan, — with special intelligence collection support to the special operations community in Tampa and Ft. Bragg.

Currently retired and credentialed/certified as a Private Investigator, November 14, 2012.


M.S. Middle Eastern Studies/National Security Policy Studies, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University.

One year study program, National Defense University/Industrial College Of the Armed Forces — National Security Resource Management, 1994.

B.A., Criminal Justice, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge Louisiana, May, 1979.


  1. looks good to me, lots of info to digest. don’t know what you’d do to improve it.

  2. Paul G. Patton · · Reply

    Thanks for sharing yoru blog; I have added you to my “Favorites”! We have lots to talk about. Like you, Iam an Air Force Vet. However, not to claim bragging rights, I am a 1982 Graduate of the NWC/House of Lords. 🙂 See you soon at LTF

  3. I find many of the news items you post valuable, but I was wondering if you have permission to post whole articles from all these news sources and if so, how easy is it it get permission? I’m fairly new to blogging and I’ve been worrying about copyright infringement

    1. I do not post anything that isn’t already “out there” as they say. I haven’t had to seek or ask permission. I suspect that this is an overwhelming problem for the publishers and perhaps the main reason that they are struggling. Open Source content is fabulously ‘rich.”

  4. My understanding is that all that “open source” news sites are copyrighted and you have to ask permission to copy articles. Almost all of them have a copyright symbol on their news sites. I’m not a lawyer though. Still trying to figure out the rules on blogging.

    1. I do not use anything prohibited. Open Source was meant pejoratively — from my intelligence background. I don’t send anything out that I have accessed from a pay site. In fact, I don’t access any pay-sites

  5. Kota Shimada · · Reply

    Hi RC, this is Kota. Check out DRRX, JEQ. Interesting chart movement.

    1. Thanks, will review tomorrow (Sun) and will mention them in my weekend note tomorrow for Sunday evening/Mon morning.

  6. Carol Asher Sherrer · · Reply

    RC, we are finally in Texas. Please contact us via our new email. Carol Sherrer

    1. Sent you an email. Good to hear from you.

  7. Brian Lavin · · Reply

    RC, I played golf with you a couple weeks ago at the club. Wanted to touch base and catch up. Feel free to shoot me an e-mail.

    1. Sent you an email this morn.

  8. Hi, this is Ryan Evans, the Editor-in-Chief of War on the Rocks. Please drop me an email or let me know how I can contact you.

    1. Sent you an email.

  9. Hello RC, lots of very good information to digest. Thanks for the invite this morning. Have a great day! Guenter

  10. Great blog, looking forward to your future posts.


  11. WOW… Thank you for you service kind Sir/Madam.

  12. Anyone know of an email address I can send to RC Porter?

    1. Don, I will send you one.

  13. Larry Portouw · · Reply

    I’m consistently getting a McAfee dangerous/blocked content alert on your site. Not sure wat it is that’s causing it. Can send you a screen shot if you want.

    1. Not sure what a screen shot is? How can I assist? Will send you my email separately if you like.

      1. By screenshot, he just means that he can send you a photographic facsimile of the McAfee virus warning message he is receiving when visiting your website. He is not requesting that you display your photo portrait. I agree, it is wiser not to do that without a good reason.

        This looks like a WordPress hosted site on a custom i.e. registered domain, so I’d be surprised if there’s dangerous content. Nevertheless, he offered kindly to do you a favor, whereas most would not take the time to try to help.

    2. If you are looking for a photograph, I don’t have one uploaded and prefer not to.

  14. RC, very interesting site. Looks like a great “one stop shop” for what’s happening now. See you at the Lodge.


  15. Excellent blog, I’m adding you to my blogroll. You may also want to check out a blog called Kabelmast, http://kabelmast.wordpress.com/ it’s mostly about cyber-security and I added him just a week or two ago.

    There is also a blogger out there by the name of Kent Clizbe, he was a CIA Middle-East counterterrorism professional but left the fold recently and now is writing books left and right, mostly critical of the current Admin http://intelctweekly.blogspot.com/ He doesn’t update the blog too often, but he might be worth following too.

    Me, I’m pretty much just a loudmouth prepper with a soap box.

  16. this might interest you
    How Climate Change Solved Iran Nuclear Crisis
    William Church

    1. Thanks, will take a look

  17. here is correct link the 1 on end got left off sorryhttps://www.oximity.com/article/How-Climate-Change-Solved-Iran-Nuclear-1


  18. Hi Sir, I was reading an article of yours and was crossing my fingers that you maintain some of the research behind your publishings! I found your writing here: http://www.financeokey.com/security/barrons-article-on-cyber-security-stockinvestment-plays.html
    In that story (third paragraph) you mention estimates made by Gartner. I can not for the life of me find the primary source that boasts the data you cite. Anyway you can have a look in your archives and email me with the original source? I’d love to use those figures for a report I’m writing.
    Thanks so much.

    –evan d. GWU (SEAS) class of ’04!

    1. It was on CNBC. My guess is that to get the report with all the specifics — is proprietary and would cost money. Firms like Gartner are frequently on CNBC and discuss their analysis — but, to get their detailed reports costs money. When citing the Gartner info — it is usually from the day I got it — or, at most, a few days before. I recommend going to the CNBC website during the time period in question and looking for the interview. Having said that, there may not be much more at the CNBC website — since Gartner may well charge clients for more detailed reports. But, it is worth a try. Another blog site that may have it would be Barry Ritholz’s TheBigPicture.com. Sorry, that’s the best I can do. RCP

      1. evan dornbush · ·

        Thank you so much for a timely and informative reply. Very much appreciated!

  19. RC… really enjoyed meeting you both today. This is great information, and yet left for one’s own “digestion”. Hope to get out with you again sometime soon.

    Let me know if your spot is still open for next Saturday… thanks!


    1. It is. I fly to Miami Saturday. We enjoyed it also. FYI, in addition to the blog — I am a licensed Private Investigator and am licensed in 9 states — VA. and most of the south, to include Texas.

  20. Enjoyed finding and reading your blog! Hollis gave us a heads up. I will follow it now that I am aware of it. Sorry I missed you at the game.

    1. Thanks. Sometimes I post too many — so, understand if it gets to be too burdensome. If so, just make it a favorite and read at your leisure. I hope to be back for at least one more game — maybe two.

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  22. P

    Please send an email address for you to mathishou@aol.com. We met a few weeks ago at LSU tailgate, and I’d like to ask you a couple questions.

    Thanks in advance,

    John Mathis


    1. Just sent you an email.

  23. RC- I’ve been a faithful reader of the blog for about a year now. Love your commentary. I’m a tech venture capital investor with focus on building dual-use techs. I’d love to pick your brain over email re: grand challenges facing the IC that need tech solutions/support.

    1. Will send you an email

  24. Came across your blog via @mossadnews and have to say (if it’s of any consequence) that I’m both intrigued and impressed.
    Admittedly, I did come close to reconsidering my subscription upon receiving an email that began ‘howdy’, but I guess knowledge and ideas enjoy a smoother exchange than cultural titbits – quite right too!
    Looking forward to lots of reading… 🙂

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