Board of Advisors

M.E. "Spike" Bowman, Esq.

Spike Bowman is a graduate of Willamette University (B.A.), the University of Wisconsin (M.A.), the University of Idaho (J.D., Cum Laude) and The George Washington University (LL.M., International and Comparative Law, With Highest Honors). He was an intelligence officer in the Navy before being sent to law school. After law school he became the first Judge Advocate assigned to the National Security Agency. Following that, the Navy sent him back to school for his LL.M., and then he set up the national security law program for the Navy. Spike has had various degrees of responsibility for the prosecution of every major spy except Aldrich Ames in the past 25 years. He served for eleven years in the Senior Executive Service of the FBI where he was Senior Counsel, National Security Law and Director, Intelligence Issues Group. In 2009 he retired from public service after two years as Deputy, National Counterintelligence Executive. He has authored numerous articles on national security issues and is a frequent lecturer at conferences and universities both in the United States and abroad. He teaches, adjunct, at The George Washington University and is a "Distinguished Fellow" at the University of Virginia College of Law, Center for National Security Law and Policy.

Neal Puckett, Esq.

Neal Puckett is a nationally renowned military criminal defense attorney practicing from Alexandria, Virginia. He has represented military service members in Afghanistan, England, Germany, Hungary, Iraq, Japan, Kuwait, Spain, and throughout the United States. Neal appears regularly on all major cable and broadcast networks either on behalf of his clients or as an expert commentator on military law. He earned a B.A. degree, magna cum laude, with a double major in Psychology and Speech Communication from Indiana University, where he was also a Phi Beta Kappa. He holds a J.D. degree from Indiana University School of Law; an LL.M. degree in Criminal Law from the University of San Diego School of Law; and an M.A. degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. Immediately upon his retirement from the Marine Corps in 1997, he served a year as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Pensacola, Florida. He has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Creighton University School of Law, and has taught numerous trial advocacy courses, as well as college and graduate courses in political science, government, sociology, criminal justice and the legal process. He is admitted to practice in the State of Indiana, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Eastern District of Virginia and the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. He also currently chairs the Board of Governors of the Military Law Section for the Virginia State Bar.

Mark S. Zaid, Esq.

Mark S. Zaid specializes in matters relating to national security, foreign sovereign and diplomatic immunity, international torts and crimes, defamation, the Constitution (First and Fifth Amendments), and the Freedom of Information/Privacy Acts (FOI/PA). He teaches CLE courses for the D.C. Bar Association on both FOIA and defending security clearances. He was named as a 2009 and 2010 Super Lawyer, as well as a 2009 Best Lawyer by Washingtonian magazine, for his work on national security issues. Mark is also the Executive Director of the James Madison Project, a Washington, D.C.-based organization with the primary purpose of educating the public on issues relating to intelligence gathering and operations, secrecy policies, national security and government wrongdoing. He is the co-editor of Litigation Under the Federal Open Government Laws. He is a graduate of Albany Law School of Union University (NY) and the University of Rochester (NY) and is a member of the Bars of New York State, Connecticut, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and numerous federal courts.

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer is a senior operations officer and Military Operations Training Course (MOTC) graduate with over 23 years of field experience. He has held numerous leadership positions, including as commander of Operating Base (OB) Alpha (Defense Intelligence) and as directing Task Force STRATUS IVY – a unit that conducted cutting edge technology and information operations from the mid 90s through the turn of the century. He has played key roles in multiple interagency operations that were conducted with the NSA, CIA and FBI.  He has appeared as an expert on military and intelligence operations on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, BBC, ABC, Al Hurra, Sky News and other major TV and radio programs, and has been interviewed by the New York Times and other publications on pre-9/11 operations focused on Al Qaeda. He has testified before Congress on issues relating to 9/11 intelligence and operational failures. He was awarded the Bronze Star for the first of his two combat tours to Afghanistan and continues to be an active member of the U.S. Army Reserve.  He is a 1986 graduate of Wright State University, where he was awarded a BA in Political Science and Environmental Studies. He is the author of Operation Dark Heart: Spycraft and Special Ops on the Frontlines of Afghanistan -- and The Path to Victory.

Dr. Doron Zimmermann

Doron Zimmermann currently serves as a senior civil servant in the Swiss government, after departing in June 2010 from a position as Assistant Professor of International Security Policy at the National Defense University's College of International Security Affairs (CISA) in Washington, DC. He earned his PhD at Cambridge University in the UK and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Senior Fellow with the Center for Advanced Studies on Terrorism (CAST), and a former member of the NATO/Partnership for Peace Combating Terrorism Working Group.  He specializes in counterterrorism policy and in political violence movements in Western Europe and the Middle East.  He has authored or co-authored several books, most recently How States Fight Terrorism (2007).