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.