Leadership and Management
Joseph E. Pesce, Ph.D.
Charles A. Duelfer
C. Keith Fennell
Christina I. Ray
James G. Rickards
Jørn Siljeholm, Ph.D.
Brian L. Tauss
Randolph M. Tauss
Joseph E. Pesce is a founder of Omnis and serves as CEO and President. He is directly responsible for establishing the strategic vision of Omnis in all of its business areas and guiding its execution. He is also directly involved on a “hands on” basis with some of the most complex research and analytical initiatives of the firm.
Dr. Pesce is engaged in extensive training and educational activities both as an instructor and as a designer of training programs and materials. He is a determined advocate for critical thinking.
Joe has over 20 years of extensive experience in science, technology, education and analytic methodology serving within both academia and the U. S. Government.
On behalf of the U. S. Government, Dr. Pesce was an expert on foreign space programs and space policy. He served on numerous committees, working groups, and task forces, and assisted in the drafting of National Intelligence Estimates. He also supported the U.S. Government's WMD Commission.
An astrophysicist, he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. His topic of research is the large-scale environments of Active Galactic Nuclei. He has held positions at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, MD and at the Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA. Dr. Pesce has used ground-based telescopes all over the world (USA, Chile, Italy, the Canary Islands, and Australia), as well as space-based ones, and is the author of over 60 articles in peer-reviewed astronomical journals.
He was a recipient of the prestigious Isaac Newton Studentship, is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, a Fellow of the Cambridge Philosophical Society, a member of Peterhouse, Cambridge, the American Astronomical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Sigma Pi Sigma, and is on the Board of Directors of the Animal Behavior Management Alliance (ABMA).
Dr. Pesce earned his Ph.D., M.Phil., and M.Sc. in Astrophysics from Cambridge University (Peterhouse) and the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste, Italy, and his B.A. (cum laude and with Honors) in Physics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Charles Duelfer is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Omnis and in that capacity is involved in providing advice to the executive management of Omnis on its strategic business direction and strategy implementation. He has recently served as CEO of Transformational Space Corporation, an entrepreneurial space launch company. Currently he is consulting on a range of intelligence and security management topics and is the author of the book Hide and Seek: The Search for Truth in Iraq.
Mr. Duelfer was formerly Special Advisor to the Director of Central Intelligence for Iraq WMD. He led the Iraq Survey Group (ISG) that conducted the investigation of the scope of Iraq's WMD. The ISG was a unique intelligence organization of over 1700 military and civilian staff that investigated Iraq WMD programs. It used all available collection and analytic capabilities in a hostile environment. The Duelfer Report is the definitive work on the relationship of the Saddam Regime to WMD and was presented to the President and Congress in October 2004.
Previously, Mr. Duelfer was the Deputy Executive Chairman and then acting Chairman of the UN Special Commission on Iraq (UNSCOM) from 1993 until its termination in 2000. The Commission was established following the Gulf War by the UN Security Council to monitor and eliminate Iraq's WMD.
Before joining UNSCOM, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for arms control and multilateral defense matters. From 1990 to 1992, Mr. Duelfer was in charge of defense trade matters as the director of the Center for Defense Trade and Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of State for politico-military affairs. In this capacity, he had responsibility for arms transfers, munitions licensing, and conventional arms control. From January to March 1991, he directed the State Department's Task Force in support of Desert Storm.
Mr. Duelfer joined the Politico-Military Bureau of the State Department in 1983 and was responsible for special regional activities including conflicts in Chad, Libya, and Grenada and ongoing strategic verification, space and strategic defense issues. In 1984, he became Deputy Director of the Office of International Security Policy and was responsible for European, African, and Latin American regions. He became Director, with responsibility for regional security issues worldwide, in 1985. During this period, Mr. Duelfer also worked with the special coordinator for counterterrorism to develop, implement, and exercise the State Department's terrorism response system. Before joining the Department of State, Mr. Duelfer worked at the White House Office of Management and Budget (1977-1983), where he was responsible for Department of Defense strategic nuclear forces and space programs.
He holds a B.A. from the University of Connecticut and an M.Sc. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mr. Duelfer is the author of numerous articles and the book, Hide and Seek: The Search for Truth in Iraq.
Keith Fennell is Program Director for Analytic Training at Omnis. In this capacity, Keith helps to direct one of Omnis's core businesses, Training & Education, with particular emphasis on the techniques of analytic and critical thinking.
Keith has over 36 years of experience serving with the U. S. Intelligence Community, law enforcement community, and the U. S. Military. He retired as a senior manager from the CIA's Directorate of Intelligence in January 2007. In the 1990s, Mr. Fennell led the Intelligence Community's effort to support the United Nations inspection program (UNSCOM) seeking evidence of Iraqi chemical, biological, nuclear and missile programs. Following the start of the war in Iraq in 2003, he was asked to return to the Iraqi account as the Deputy to the Director of Central Intelligence's Special Advisor on Iraq WMD, serving extended temporary duty in Baghdad in 2003 and 2004. Following publication of the Duelfer Report in late 2004—the comprehensive final analysis of Saddam's Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) programs—Mr. Fennell moved to the CIA's Counterterrorism Center where he served as Chief of the WMD Department, focused on terrorist use of chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear materials.
In addition to his roles in the WMD sector, Mr. Fennell also served as the Director of Advanced Analytic Training at the CIA's Sherman Kent School, Deputy Director for National Support at the National Reconnaissance Office, and as the first CIA liaison officer to the Department of Justice working for Attorney General Janet Reno.
Prior to joining the CIA, Mr. Fennell worked as a counternarcotics analyst for the U. S. Customs Service, and as a liaison officer within the Department of Commerce, serving as an interface between the Intelligence Community and Commerce's Office of Export Enforcement, and Office of Export Licensing. Mr. Fennell served in the U.S. Navy, active and reserve, for 30 years, retiring from Naval Intelligence as a Captain (O-6).
Mr. Fennell holds an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Maryland, and a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Virginia.
Christina I. Ray is Senior Managing Director for Market Intelligence at Omnis and co-head of the firm's practice in Threat Finance & Market Intelligence She is an experienced trader, asset manager and risk manager with extensive experience in multiple asset classes, including fixed income, equities, commodities and their derivatives. At Omnis she devotes her applied mathematics and program development skills to the creation of algorithms which provide early warning of tactical and strategic threats. She is also expert in a variety of capital markets risk management techniques and their application to problems in the national security and intelligence domains.
Ms. Ray's specialized interest and the focus of her activities involves the fusion of those risk measurement methods used by both the Intelligence Community and the financial community in areas that involve low frequency, high consequence events. Her research is premised on the view that causal inference models and methods are a superior alternative to stochastic techniques currently used by the financial community — particularly for certain instruments and asset classes. Building upon financial risk management insights and improved causal inference methodologies, such models can lead to substantially different valuations of derivative instruments and portfolio risk with forecasting and risk mitigation implications in the national security arena.
Ms. Ray has advised regulatory bodies including the CFTC and SEC and from 2001 through 2006 served as Project Manager of a strategic assessment regarding U.S. national security and the integrity of the financial infrastructure which culminated in a proof of concept based on its findings and recommendations. She recently completed several special studies for the U.S. government regarding the use of market intelligence for assessment of geopolitical risk.
Prior to Omnis, Ms. Ray held a number of senior positions at Drexel Burnham, Daiwa Securities and A. G. Becker Paribas where she was involved at various times as an options trader, risk manager and trading manager. She is highly experienced in portfolio management and portfolio risk assessment. She is a frequent speaker at financial industry and energy market conferences. Ms. Ray is also a Special Advisor to Digital Sandbox of Reston, Virginia, a quantitative threat assessment firm.
Ms. Ray has a B.A. and M.S. in Physics from Michigan State University and took additional Ph.D. courses at the University of Michigan. Ms. Ray is the author of The Bond Market - Trading and Risk Management (Richard D. Irwin, November 1992), used as a textbook in the finance departments of graduate schools and in the training programs of certain primary dealers. She is also the author of Think Like a Trader, Invest Like a Pro (McGraw Hill, 2000) a book describing both causal market behavior and Internet resources that provide the individual investor with many of the tools and techniques of institutional investors.
Ms. Ray recently released her third book, Extreme Risk Management: Revolutionary Approaches to Evaluating and Measuring Risk.
James G. Rickards is Senior Managing Director for Market Intelligence at Omnis, Inc. and co-head of the firm’s practice in Threat Finance & Market Intelligence. He is also a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Rickards is a seasoned counselor, investment banker and risk manager with over thirty years experience in capital markets including portfolio management, risk management, product structure, corporate finance, regulation and operations.
Mr. Rickards’s career prior to Omnis spans an over 30-year period during which he was a first hand participant in the formation and growth of globalized capital markets and complex derivative trading strategies. He has held senior executive positions at “sell side” firms (Citibank and RBS Greenwich Capital Markets) and “buy side” firms (Long-Term Capital Management and Caxton Associates) as well as technology firms (OptiMark). Mr. Rickards has been a direct participant in many of the most significant financial events over the past 30 years including the 1981 release of US hostages in Iran, the 1987 Stock Market Crash, the 1990 collapse of Drexel, and the LTCM financial crisis of 1998 in which Mr. Rickards was the principal negotiator of the government-sponsored rescue. He has been involved in the formation and successful launch of several hedge funds and fund-of-funds. His advisory clients have included private investment funds, investment banks and government directorates. Since 2001, Mr. Rickards has applied his financial expertise to a variety of tasks for the benefit of the US national security community and the Department of Defense.
Mr. Rickards is licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey and various Federal Courts and has held all major financial industry licenses including Series 3, Series 7, Series 24, Series 30 and Series 63. He has been a frequent speaker at conferences sponsored by bar associations and industry groups in the fields of derivatives and hedge funds and is active in the International Bar Association. He has been the interviewed in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, Politico and on CNBC’s Squawk Box, as well as Fox, CNN, NPR and C-SPAN and is an OpEd contributor to the New York Times and the Washington Post.
Mr. Rickards is a graduate school visiting lecturer in finance at Northwestern University and the School of Advanced International Studies. He has recently delivered papers on econophysics at the Applied Physics Laboratory and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Mr. Rickards has published numerous articles in the fields of cognitive diversity, network science and risk management. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Shariah Capital, Inc., a firm specializing in Islamic finance and is also a member of the International Business Practices Advisory Panel to the CFIUS Support Group of the Director of National Intelligence.
Mr. Rickards holds an LL.M. (Taxation) from the New York University School of Law; a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School; an M.A. in international economics from the School of Advanced International Studies, Washington DC; and a B.A. degree with honors from the School of Arts & Sciences of The Johns Hopkins University.
Jim Rickards recently published his first book, Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis.
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Dr. Jørn Siljeholm is an engineer with a PhD in chemical risk assessment from the University of Oslo and MIT in Cambridge, MA. His experience spans academia, industry, and government.
At MIT he was involved in environmental studies, financial risk analysis, and weapons of mass destruction policies.
He has served as a UN weapons inspector, and a strategic advisor to the Norwegian Foreign Ministry on topics as varied as WMD arms control and anti-corruption policies.
In industry, Dr. Siljeholm worked for Exxon Norway in the downstream and refining areas, primarily on environmental subjects. He also served as a special advisor to SINTEF, the Norwegian research organization specializing in oil development.
Brian L. Tauss is Chief of Corporate Security for Omnis and a member of the Board of Directors. He is responsible for implementing and managing physical security, information technology and operational security for Omnis facilities and personnel. As part of these duties, Brian ensures compliance with customer security requirements, including those required by the U.S. Government and members of its Intelligence Community.
Prior to joining Omnis in 2006, Brian spent over 30 years in the field of criminal justice working with and in secure environments. A graduate of George Mason University, his career involved the safeguarding and management of highly sensitive information, safeguarding personnel and operating in high-risk and high-security situations. Brian is certified in Control Theory Psychology and has worked with professional agencies in utilizing Control Theory techniques. As adjunct faculty in the Virginia Community College System, he has designed and implemented courses addressing issues in criminal justice.
Mr. Tauss is trained and proficient in implementing programs and operating secure facilities, including Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities (SCIF). He is trained in the application of National Industrial Security Program standards and corresponding Directives to meet personnel, IT and facility security requirements.
Brian Tauss graduated from George Mason University in Fairfax County, Virginia.
Randy Tauss is Director of Corporate Strategy for Omnis and a member of the Board of Directors. In this capacity, he is responsible, along with CEO Joe Pesce, for defining and implementing the long-term mission of Omnis as an innovator of technological and analytical solutions for clients in the intelligence, defense and national security communities and the private sector.
He is a physicist and applied mathematician, with 37 years experience as a senior analyst and manager at the Central Intelligence Agency. He managed the largest branch in CIA's Directorate of Intelligence, has extensive foreign weapons systems experience, and has provided direct support to senior policymakers, Congress, and the White House. He also was a founding member of the Senior Analytic Service—the highest analytic rank at the CIA.
Mr. Tauss has extensive experience organizing and integrating Intelligence Community resources (CIA, FBI, Department of Defense, National Intelligence Council and others) to address scientific and technical intelligence issues. His work as TWA Flight 800 Project Director—featured on the NBC Nightly News and elsewhere—was used to close the largest criminal investigation in FBI history, and is the basis for one of the advanced analysis courses offered by Omnis.
With scientists at Lockheed Martin and predecessor teams, he co-developed modern passive covert radar technology. He also was the originator and Director of the MARKINT ("Market Intelligence") Project, a post-9/11 effort comprising more than 170 participants, which assessed the feasibility of deriving actionable intelligence from capital and commodities market data.
Mr. Tauss has published numerous articles in intelligence-related journals, including three featured articles in CIA's Studies in Intelligence, the only author in the 50-year history of the publication to achieve this distinction. His TWA Flight 800 Studies in Intelligence article was selected as one of the 12 best in the past 50 years.
Mr. Tauss received numerous intelligence medals, exceptional performance awards, and other honors during his career, including runner-up CIA Scientist of the Year. For his overall achievements supporting the Intelligence Community, he was nominated in 2007 for the CIA's 60th Anniversary Trailblazer Award.
Mr. Tauss earned his B.S. in Physics and M.S. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Virginia.