Principals

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Pamela Ligouri Bunker is a managing partner, senior analyst, and majority shareholder of C/O Futures, LLC. She is a researcher and analyst specializing in international security and terrorism with an emphasis on narrative analysis. She is a former senior officer of the Counter-OPFOR Corporation with professional experience in research and program coordination in university, non-governmental organization (NGO), and local government settings. She holds undergraduate degrees in anthropology-geography and social sciences from California State Polytechnic University Pomona, an M.A. in public policy from the Claremont Graduate University, and an M.Litt. in terrorism studies from the University of Saint Andrews, Scotland. She is co-author/co-editor of five books, including Global Criminal and Sovereign Free Economies and the Demise of the Western Democracies: Dark Renaissance (Routledge, 2015), and has many other refereed and professional publications. She can be reached at pligouribunker@cofutures.net.

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Robert J. Bunker is the director of research and analysis of C/O Futures, LLC and a managing partner. An international security and counterterrorism professional, he was Futurist in Residence at the Behavioral Science Unit (BSU) at the Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy in Quantico, VA, Minerva Chair at the  Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) of the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA, and has taught at American Military University, California State University San Bernardino, Claremont Graduate University, and the University of Southern California. Dr. Bunker holds degrees in the fields of history, anthropology-geography, social science, behavioral science, government, and political science and has trained extensively in counterterrorism and counternarcotics. He has also delivered hundreds of presentations—including U.S. congressional testimony—with well over 500 publications across various fields and formats. He can be reached at docbunker@cofutures.net, @DocBunker.

Associates

Matt Begert is the director of counter-narcotics and counter-terrorism training of C/O Futures, LLC. He was a career military officer with the United States Marine Corps, honorably retiring at the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was also an operations analyst with the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Center (NLECTC)—West and was formerly with The Aerospace Corporation. He has subject matter expertise in counterterrorism training (including Mirror Image immersion), red teaming, less lethal and unconventional weapons, and technology (weaponry) related project management. He holds a B.A. in Anthropology, B.S. in Journalism and Mass Communications, and has undertaken advanced military education. He can be reached at mbegert@cofutures.net.  

John P. Sullivan was a career police officer. He is an honorably retired lieutenant with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, specializing in emergency operations, transit policing, counterterrorism, CBRN response, and intelligence. He is an instructor with the USC Price Safe Communities Institute and has a research focus on the impact of transnational organized crime on sovereignty in Mexico and other countries. Dr. Sullivan holds a B.A. in Government, M.A. in Urban Affairs and Policy Analysis, and a Ph.D. in Information and Knowledge Society. 

Alma Keshavarz focuses on Iranian and Shia militia group military forces, policy, and strategy and has also engaged in Islamic State and Mexican cartel analysis. She previously served in the Office of Policy Planning at the Department of State, where she covered Iran and Iraq, and is presently an international security analyst and a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Politics and Strategy at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Keshavarz holds a B.A. in Political Science and English, MPP in Public Policy, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science, and is fluent in Farsi, Dari, and Spanish.     

David Kuhn is a subject matter expert in analysis, technical instruction, and terrorism response training related to stand off weaponry (MANPADS, threat, interdiction, aircraft survivability, et. al), infantry weapons, small arms, IED/VBIEDs, WMD, and other threat and allied use technologies. He is presently the principal of VTAC Training Solutions and has a career of supporting governmental operations and corporate initiatives in the fields of homeland security, vulnerability assessment, technical operations, and project management, with additional focus and expertise in areas involving facility threat/risk assessments, underwater operations, and varied engineering technologies.

Jacob Westerberg is a partner and head of training at W Solutions, San Diego, CA.  He graduated from the University of California, Riverside, where he received a B.A. in Political Science with honors and studied as a Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow. He holds an M.A. in International Psychology with distinction from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Alliant International University, San Diego, where he is currently completing a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology with the dissertation topic Leadership and Resilience: A Moderated-Mediation Analysis

Kaden K. Bunker is the director of marketing and business development for C/O Futures, LLC. He previously served as director of digital marketing at a licensed product production and manufacturing firm, as well as a digital marketing intern with Subtv in London, U.K., and has supported Small Wars Journal—El Centro book/ebook production. He holds a B.S. in E-Commerce from California State Polytechnic University Pomona and a MBA from the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. He can be reached at kbunker@cofutures.net.

Interns

Mae Key-Ketter is a sophomore at the University of Redlands majoring in Political Science. She attended the United Nations 63rd Session on the Commission on the Status of Women, New York, NY in March 2019 and received the Girl Scouts Gold Award (Eagle Scout equivalent) in March 2020. Her Summer internship focuses on foreign policy research and writing related to hybrid warfare, Iran’s IRGC, and the broader Middle East.  Mentor: Dr. Alma Keshavarz. 

Audrey Pederson is a junior at Carnegie Mellon University majoring in International Relations and Politics with a minor in Russian Studies. In Fall 2020 she interned at The Heritage Foundation in the Center for National Defense where she conducted research on weapons of mass destruction, counterproliferation, and the Defense Industrial Base. Her Summer internship focuses on foreign policy research and writing related to hybrid warfare, Iran’s IRGC, and the broader Middle East.  Mentor: Dr. Alma Keshavarz.