Geopolitical Insights

We no longer have the luxury of viewing the world from a linear perspective. The compounding effects of global events and the speed at which they occur produce exponential shifts in market dynamics.

Academy respects the importance of ever-increasing globalization and inter-connectedness of the world today. Through the Geopolitical Insights, Academy ensures that our clients are offered premier insights into the complicated geopolitical environment by leveraging our veteran connection to provide access to some of the most senior ex-military officers in America.

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Academy is honored to have accomplished and experienced individuals present a unique perspective on global, political, and economic events to our clients. Academy hopes this commentary allows you to walk away with a more profound view of the topic at hand.


Major General James A. “Spider” Marks (Ret.),
Major General James A. “Spider” Marks (Ret.), | Advisor

Academy Securities Advisory Board Member, is the former Commanding General, U.S. Army Intelligence Center and was the senior intelligence officer for the 2003 liberation of Iraq.
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Lieutenant General Frank Kearney (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Frank Kearney (Ret.) | Advisor

served 35 years in the United States Army as an Infantry and Special Operations officer. Most recently, LTG Kearney served as the Deputy Director for Strategic Operational Planning at the National Counter-Terrorism Center in Washington, DC.
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Octobeer 18, 2017 Geopolitical Call

North Korea is


March 9, 2017 Geopolitical Call

Playing Hardball and its Consequences


November 18, 2016 Geopolitical Call

Playing Hardball and its Consequences


Additional Advisory Board Contributors

General (Ret.) Peter Pace | Advisor

General Peter Pace is Chairman of the Wall Street Warfighters Foundation.

General (Ret.) Peter Pace

General Pace served as the sixteenth Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2005-2007. General Pace retired in 2007 after more than 40 years of active service in the United States Marine Corps.

Born in Brooklyn and raised in Teaneck, NJ, General Pace was commissioned in June 1967, following graduation from the United States Naval Academy. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from George Washington University, attended the Harvard University Senior Executives in National and International Security program, and graduated from the National War College.
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Vice Admiral (Ret.) Robert S. Harward | Advisor
Vice Admiral (Ret.) Robert S. Harward

Vice Admiral Robert S. Harward, Jr. is the Chief Executive Officer for Lockheed Martin in the UAE and lives in Abu Dhabi. In this role, Vice Admiral Harward is responsible for all aspects of the company’s business interests in the UAE, including strategy, operations, and growth of Lockheed Martin programs, as well as successful execution of all ongoing business. A National Security Expert, in both theory and application, he served on the National Security Council for the Bush administration, commissioned the National Counter Terrorism Center, and has extensive combat experience as a US Navy SEAL, in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Yemen and Bosnia. A US Naval Academy alumni, Vice Admiral Harward holds a Masters degree in International Security Affairs, and is a graduate of the Naval War College and the MIT Foreign Policy Program. Vice Admiral Harward also served as an executive fellow at RAND. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, he was a Vice Admiral (SEAL) in the United States Navy, with his last assignment as Deputy Commander, US Central Command (USCENTCOM). Vice Admiral Harward also grew up in Iran, graduated from the Tehran American School and speaks Farsi.
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Vice Admiral (Ret.) Edward M. Straw | Advisor
Vice Admiral (Ret.) Edward M. Straw

Edward M. Straw is the founder and managing partner of Osprey Venture Partners—a firm that finds investment capital and assists with business development for startup entrepreneurs. He is the retired President, Global Operations of The Estee Lauder Companies, and currently sits on the boards of the following companies: Performance Equity Management, Odyssey Logistics, Helius Medical Technologies, Capital Teas and Document Capture Technologies. He is the Chairman of Odyssey Logistics.As President, Global Operations for Estee Lauder, Mr. Straw centralized and led Lauder’s R&D, package engineering, acquisition, manufacturing, distribution, inventory management, and information systems organizations which supported 20 Estee Lauder Companies around the world. In his five years at Estee Lauder, he is credited with directing significant improvements in their global supply chain and driving major stock price impactful savings to the bottom line.
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Rear Admiral (Ret.) Julius Caesar | Advisor
Rear Admiral (Ret.) Julius Caesar

Rear Adm. (Ret.) Caesar is a Surface Warfare Officer who earned his commission from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1977. He also holds a Master of Business Administration Degree from the College of William & Mary. Admiral Caesar is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI Fellow in Foreign Politics, International Relations, and the National Interest.During Admiral Caesar’s period of initial active service, his sea duty assignments included USS Dale (CG 19) and USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) where he served in the Engineering, Weapons, and Operations Departments.
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Joe J. Grano | Advisor
Joe J. Grano

Mr. Grano is Chairman and CEO of Centurion Holdings LLC. He was previously the Chairman and CEO of UBS Financial Services Inc. (formerly UBS PaineWebber). Mr. Grano was instrumental in helping to bring about the merger of PaineWebber with UBS in 2000. Prior to joining PaineWebber he was with Merrill Lynch for 16 years, holding various senior management positions including Director of National Sales. In 1987, Mr. Grano was named the industry’s best retail marketing executive in a survey conducted by Investment Dealers’ Digest. He was the former Chairman of the Board of Governors of NASD and a member of the NASD’s Executive Committee.Mr. Grano was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2002 to serve as the Chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council and he served in this capacity until August 2005.
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Brigadier General (Ret.) Anthony J. Tata | Advisor
Brigadier General (Ret.) Anthony J. Tata

Brigadier General Anthony J. Tata, U.S. Army (Retired) commanded combat units in the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions and the 10th Mountain Division. His last combat tour was in Afghanistan in 2007; he was Deputy Commanding General of the 30,000 strong combined and joint task force, where he earned the Combat Action Badge and Bronze Star Medal.General Tata is recognized as a national security expert and has been a frequent foreign policy guest commentator on Fox News, CBS News, One America News Network, and the Daily Buzz. NBC’s Today Show featured General Tata’s career transition from the military to education leadership, where he served as the Chief Operations Officer of Washington, D.C. Public Schools for firebrand Chancellor Michelle Rhee and was the Superintendent of the 16th largest school district in the nation in Wake County/Raleigh, NC. He most recently served as North Carolina’s Secretary of Transportation until August 2015.
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Sergeant Major of the Army (Ret.) Raymond F. Chandler | Advisor
Sergeant Major of the Army (Ret.) Raymond F. Chandler

Raymond F. Chandler III (born August 25, 1962) was the 14th Sergeant Major of the Army in the United States. He was sworn in on March 1, 2011 and served until January 30, 2015. As Sergeant Major of the Army, Chandler served as the Chief of Staff of the United States Army’s personal adviser on all enlisted-related matters, particularly in areas affecting soldier training, manning, equipping and quality of life. The Sergeant Major of the Army is routinely invited to testify before U.S. Congress.Throughout his 34 year career, SMA (R) Chandler served in every enlisted leadership position from all tank crewman positions to his position as Sergeant Major of the Army. Other assignments he held as a sergeant major were Operations SGM in 1/2 ACR and as CSM in 1/7 Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division; United States Army Garrison Fort Leavenworth, KS; and the United States Army Armor School CSM. Chandler was assigned as the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy CSM in December 2007. He deployed once, that being with 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, and 1st Cavalry Division to Iraq in 2004-2005.
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