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2430 Group at the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) Annual Briefing

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Accomplishing missions others cannot. 

The majority of us at 2430 Group come from the government. We chose that line of work to serve our country and people. We spent entire careers working for the public doing work we love. But while inside, the bureaucracy impeded innovation and it wasn’t something we could fix. 

While we see the value and merit in the system that keeps our government accountable, we also see how it hinders our strategic capabilities against adversaries. 

Conversely, a few of us had our start in the private sector, innovating, working fast and hard for results. However, there was no mission to serve the people; instead, we sought to innovate and develop the next best thing to sell. 

At 2430 Group, we view ourselves as a bridge between the private and public sector. The two sectors do not have aligned missions; however, together, they have the potential to serve our country, innovate, and protect national security in amazing ways. 

With our fantastic team of experts from the private sector, the intelligence community, the military, law enforcement, and academia, all with decades of experience in identifying and mitigating threats to our national security, we will accomplish missions others cannot.
 

Our Team

We have a dedicated team of experts contributing to this important work. 

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Associate Founder

Aaron Brown

Aaron has over two decades of experience in law enforcement, Army Special Operations, and national security, including as a senior operations officer and field leader at the Central Intelligence Agency. His experience includes leadership roles at the CIA, with operations spanning the globe. Aaron is recognized for his knowledge of surveillance technology risks and his ability to develop advanced solutions.

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Director

Glenn Chafetz

Glenn has more than 30 years experience in government, academia, and the private sector. He spent most of his career at CIA, where he served multiple overseas tours, including three as Chief of Station. He was also the Agency’s first Chief of Tradecraft and Operational Technology.  Glenn also served in the State Department, both overseas and in Washington, and has taught or held research positions at a number of universities, most recently American University, and the National Intelligence University.

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Associate Founder

Mat Henley

Mat is a globally recognized security professional with over 25 years of experience in complex, adversarial environments with expertise in technical threat pursuit, attribution, and investigation. He is an established authority in internet child safety issues and in handling intrusions, insider abuse, malware, and other technical abuses. Mat has worked at eBay, PayPal, Facebook, Uber, and Cloudflare, disrupting criminal activities worldwide. As a builder at heart, he possesses a passion for continuous progress within the dynamic sphere of cybersecurity. 

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Associate Founder

Brian Sorenson

Brian has over two decades of experience in national security affairs gained from his service at the Central Intelligence Agency as a senior Operations Officer and Paramilitary Operations Officer and in US Army Special Operations. He was a Boren National Security Education scholar in Shanghai, China prior to joining CIA and speaks Mandarin Chinese and Thai.

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Director of Research and Analysis

Lindsay Wright

Lindsay is the Director of Research & Analysis at 2430 Group. She has 15 years of operational and managerial experience in OSINT investigations, national security, and foreign policy, supporting private industry and other U.S. Government agencies.
In her free time, Lindsay enjoys mountain biking. Our team is amazed by Lindsay's bicycling skills; she is an amateur enduro racer.

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Director of China Research

Xavier Ortiz

Xavier has over twenty years of experience in national security through his tenure with the US Army and the Department of Defense. Focusing on China's foreign and defense policies and the impacts of US-China strategic competition on US national security. His research encompasses China's military modernization, technology policies, and economic statecraft. Additionally, he studies China's influence on international organizations and its non-traditional forms of aggression against the US and its allies and partners.

2430 Group Fellow

David Rader

David was the Deputy Director (GS-15) of the Global Investment & Economic Security Directorate at the Department of Defense, focusing on national economic security, foreign direct investment, trade and industrial policy, and all matters under the purview of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). His roles spanned macroeconomic modeling, risk management, due diligence, technology development, and policy decisions. His work frequently involved dialogue with government officials, business leaders, law professionals, and international partners. David's background includes diverse industry roles in banking, research, and law. He is currently pursuing a graduate degree in International Relations from the University of Cambridge. 

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Director of Global Security

 Jorge I. Conrado

Jorge is a retired Supervisory Special Agent with the Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS). Jorge joined the Department in 1999 after serving as a police officer with the Los Angeles Police Department. During his distinguished career with Diplomatic Security, Jorge served overseas for 14 years in various U.S. Embassies including Colombia, Nicaragua, Mexico, Albania, and Russia, with his last four-year assignment being in Moscow. Here, he was a key liaison during the 2018 FIFA World Cup and even earned the 2018 European Council of the Year award from the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) for his leadership.

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Researcher and Director of Social Media and Website Development

Yasmeen Ziada

Yasmeen is a researcher at 2430 Group. She is a recent college graduate from Portland State University with BA degrees in Political Science and Arabic. Yasmeen started with 2430 Group in June 2022 as their first intern, assisting in an array of their OSINT and due diligence projects. Now, in addition to research, she helps the team build the website and maintain a social media presence. 
In her free time, Yasmeen enjoys swimming and has recently begun to dip her toes in the craft of sewing. 

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Work with Us

Term Project Program

At 2430 Group, we seek applicants to contribute to term projects. We
need:

  • OSINT researchers

  • Data scientists

  • Linguists

  • Forensic financial analysts

 

Our research focuses on the intersection of international affairs and commerce. All of us have an interest in the power of data. A native proficiency in the English language is required.

Internship Program

2430 Group offers ongoing internship opportunities for exceptional college and graduate students. We are looking for highly motivated individuals with an interest in geopolitical issues, advanced technology, and forensic research. All interns will contribute to industry related projects. A native proficiency in the English language is required.

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2430 Group in the Media

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Russia and China are part of the same problem for the United States

Atlantic Council \  Glenn Chafetz \ December 14, 2023

Members of the US Congress who oppose further military aid for Ukraine often seek to justify their position by claiming that China rather than Russia presents a greater danger to the United States. They argue that the rise of China means it is in American interests to accommodate Russia, while it should be up to Europe to shoulder the burden of Ukrainian security... More >

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China’s aggressive fragility 

The Hill | Glenn Chafetz | October 3, 2023

After German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock referred to Chinese President Xi Jinping as a “dictator” in a September 15 interview, Beijin called in the German ambassador and emphatically and publicly complained. This tantrum was no mere semantic complaint, but a paradoxical revelation of both China’s fragility and its global authoritarian aspirations... More >

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When is our 9/11 Moment with China?

The Cipher Brief  | Tom Lyons | September 14, 2023

9/11 fundamentally shifted US foreign policy priorities towards the Middle East. When will we have a similar reckoning with China? More >

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DSR Spy Show - Revolutionary Change in the Intelligence Community: The Technology Factor

Deep State Radio \ Podcast \ September 11, 2023

Evolving technology promises revolutionary change in the intelligence community. Marc and David are joined this week by leading expert and former Directorate of Operations’ first Chief of Tradecraft and Technology Glenn Chafetz to dicsuss how information gathering and spycraft have an will continue to change with the advent of AI and more. Join us. Listen >

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Why Putin’s Russia Cannot Accept its Borders

Atlantic Council \  Glenn Chafetz and John Sipher \ August 11, 2023

To understand Russia’s current obsession with Ukraine, it is important to recognize that Russia was never a state in the common usage of the term. Unlike the modern Turkish state... More >

China, Lawfare, and the Contest for Control of Low Earth Orbit:
The Chinese government seeks strategic advantage in space through attacks on the Western private sector.

The Diplomat \ Glenn Chafetz and Xavier Ortiz \ August 10, 2023

People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force officers Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui Wang argued in their 1999 book, “Unrestricted Warfare,” that to win a war with the United States, China must mass its intelligence, economic, and political resources where U.S. defenses were weakest: its private sector. The book today reads like a plan for the past two decades of non-military warfare waged against the Western private sector by Beijing and its business surrogates... More >

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China's Plan to Rule the World's Smart Devices, FCC Urged to Act

Newsweek \  Shaun Waterman and Didi Kirsten Tatlow \ August 8, 2023

When police, firefighters and other first responders across the U.S. rush to emergencies, they rely on special devices to avoid overwhelmed public networks. 

Chinese spies could be listening in. ... More >

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How China’s Political System Discourages Innovation and Encourages IP Theft

The SAIS Review of International Affairs \ Glenn Chafetz\ July 31, 2023

U.S. observers have long complained that Chinese firms steal intellectual property (IP) from American companies, universities, and research institutions.¹ Most of these complaints stress that the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) directs this theft. Other analysts focus on military applications of the theft. Both arguments are true, but presume that the problem’s ultimate source is policy. It is not. ... More >

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Defending Against State-Sponsored Espionage Targeting the U.S. Private Sector is a Team Effort

The Cipher Brief \ Glenn Chafetz\ June 30, 2023

Last year, Congress spent 52 billion dollars on the CHIPS Act to advance the semiconductor industry in the United States because semiconductors are critical to the U.S. strategic advantage. Yet, the U.S. government and private sector spend almost nothing to protect that advantage, specifically against state-sponsored theft.  It makes little sense for the U.S. government to support private sector research, development, and manufacture of critical technology like semiconductors, and then lose those hard-fought gains to espionage.... More >

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Doing Business with China in 2023 has Become More Risky

The Dallas Morning News\ Patrick Walsh and Glenn Chafetz\ June 9, 2023

Americans doing business with China should rethink their operations and plans. On April 26, the Chinese government passed an amendment to ... More >

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2430 Group Visit to SMU Cox

March 31, 2023

On March 31st, we hosted the 2430 Group for a discussion on how American companies can better protect themselves against IP theft and covert influence operations ... More >>

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Insider Buzz: Blindspots - Episode 1

Code 42 \ Podcast \ November 15, 2022

Join host Beth Miller and guest speaker, Glenn Chafetz to learn about security blindspots and what you can do to bring them to light. Watch >

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