Geopolitical Call

  • - An Asian superpower enters the territorial water of a group of contested islands.
  • - The United Nations regulates the international trade of conventional weapons.
  • - The banking system collapses in a small country, specializing in off-shore financing.
  • How do these events affect you?
  • How do these events affect your industry?
  • How do these events affect your portfolio?

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.

The Geopolitical Call
Academy respects the importance of ever-increasing globalization and inter-connectedness of the world today. Through the Geopolitical Call, 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.


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

Since retirement from the Army, he has been the CEO of InVisim, a firm that develops training simulations and learning products, as well as, CEO of Global Linguist Solutions, a company that provided linguistic services to the U.S. military in Iraq and was the largest employer of native Iraqis. He currently is the co-Founder of Willowdale Services. He is an Honor Graduate of the U.S. Army’s Ranger School, a Master Parachutist, and has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and multiple expeditionary and service ribbons. He is a 1975 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, and holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the University of Virginia. Marks contributes as a military and intelligence analyst for CNN. He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University.

Lieutenant General Frank Kearney (Ret.)
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.

In this position, he was responsible for whole-of-government planning with over 29 Inter-Agency partners to achieve the strategic end states outlined in the Obama Administration’s National Counter-Terrorism Strategy. He has been appointed to the U.S. House of Representatives House Armed Services Committee National Defense Panel, the U.S. Secretary of Defense’s WMD Threat Reduction Advisory Committee, and the Iran Project. Previously, LTG Kearney was the Deputy Commander of the United States Special Operations Command in Tampa, Florida responsible for a $9.3 billion dollar budget execution, and for overseeing, training and equipping 62,000 Special Operations forces from all four Services from July 2007 to July 2010. He commanded all Theater Special Operations Forces in Central Command Area of Responsibility from 2005-2007, before which he served as commander of the Joint Inter-Agency Task Force-Former Regime Elements in Baghdad, Iraq. LTG Kearney has been recognized with the Distinguished Intelligence Service Medal and two awards of the Defense Distinguished Service Medal as well as multiple awards for combat and military service. He sits on the Department of Defense Threat Reduction Advisory Committee (TRAC). LTG Kearney also chairs the board of Team Red White and Blue, a non-profit organization that seeks to reintegrate military veterans with traumatic brain injuries and Post Traumatic Shock Disorder back into their local communities using sports and outreach. He is a 1976 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, has a Master’s in Education from the University of South Carolina and is a graduate of the United States Army War College.

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