Visiting Fellow - Steven Stottlemyre

Steven Stottlemyre is a career public servant in the United States (US). The bulk of his career, which began with the US Army, has been spent working in the field of intelligence. As a soldier, he served 12 months in Iraq working as a Human Intelligence Collector during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He received the U.S. Army Commendation Medal for his service.

Later, Steve developed and taught formal courses on how to conduct lawful, ethical intelligence interrogations in wartime at the US Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and the US Department of Defense Human Intelligence Training Joint Center of Excellence. Steve went on to serve with the US Department of State (DOS) as the senior threat analyst for US diplomatic interests in North Africa during the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011. He was credited with being “closest to getting it right” about the threat environment in Libya among all US intelligence analysts by Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering, Chairman of the Benghazi Accountability Review Board. He was awarded the US Department of State’s Superior Honor Award for his threat analysis in 2014. Steve also served as senior threat analyst for the State Department during several international meetings, including the 2015 Summit of the Americas, and the 2012 NATO Summit, for which he received the Meritorious Honor Award.

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Security recruited Steve in 2016 to establish a small threat intelligence division mirroring that of the State Department. He personally briefed the USAID Administrator on potential threats during her overseas travel and advocated with her the benefits of intelligence analysis to safe aid operations.

Steve has also served several academic appointments, including as Faculty Member at the National Intelligence University, the highest scholarly institution of the US Intelligence Community. His postgraduate research has primarily focused on the theoretical underpinnings of intelligence and 20th-century North African affairs. Steve currently conducts research on the theoretical underpinnings of intelligence as a unique academic discipline. In this regard, he has published two peer-reviewed articles on intelligence theory.