Gryphon TeamBlue

TeamBlue is Gryphon Technologies’ center of excellence for communicating strategies, policies, plans, and programs. Working across Gryphon’s corporate skill areas, we research and analyze critical issues and trends, develop and implement strategic visions, and facilitate communications and engagement campaigns. We produce print, video, and electronic/social media products for customers in government and industry. Some projects are at significant levels of access.

Key People

Dr. Scott C. Truver
Director of TEAMBLUE, Dr. Truver has 40 years’ experience in research, analysis, program advocacy, and publishing. He oversees and supports Gryphon’s national security efforts. Since 1972, he has participated in numerous studies for government and private industry in the United States and abroad, and has also written extensively for U.S. and foreign publications. He has supported the Secretary of Defense, Secretary of the Navy, the Chief of Naval Operations, the Commandant Marine Corps, the Air Force Strategic Planning Directorate, the Commandant Coast Guard, the Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary and Under Secretary for Science and Technology, and many other senior decision makers, as well as the operating forces. He holds a PhD degree in Marine Policy Studies and a MA in Political Science/International Relations from the University of Delaware––where he held University and Rockefeller Foundation fellowships––and a BA degree in Political Science from Susquehanna University.

Arlene Dillon
As Senior Multimedia Producer, Ms. Dillon is responsible for all aspects of Gryphon’s multimedia projects, including short-form videos for web and in-house distribution, live-to-tape interviews, and special events. Customers include the Coast Guard, Naval Air Systems Command, Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Patrol Coastal Squadron One, Missile Defense Agency/Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense and MRAP Vehicle Joint Program Office. She has more than 25 years experience in national television with CBS news, including management, editorial, production and booking newsmakers. She has also worked on projects for Public Television, ABC News, BBC, Discovery Network, A&E Television, and SiriusXM Radio. Ms. Dillon received a BA from the University of Maryland.

Edward H. Feege, Jr.
A Senior Intelligence and Programs Analyst, Mr. Feege has more than 20 years of experience developing strategic communication, outreach, and program-advocacy products for customers such as the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense directorate, U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. He assisted producing numerous publications, including the U.S. Marine Corps Concepts & Issues, Coast Guard Publication 1, and the Naval Aviation Plan. He also conducted market research for a global container shipping line and a land-based transportation provider and served as a senior analyst at the Office of Naval Intelligence, where he assessed commercial maritime and intermodal issues and their effects on U.S. security. Mr. Feege holds a BA in political science from the U.S. Naval Academy, an MA in national security studies from Georgetown University, and an MBA from George Mason University.

Dr. Norman Friedman
Educated as a theoretical physicist, Dr. Friedman is concerned primarily with the interaction between technology and strategic, policy, program and tactical dynamics. Since 1973, he has conducted or participated in numerous studies for government and industry, including analyses of the future shape of the U.S. Marine Corps. In 2013, he served as principal investigator/ historian in a history of and lessons learned from the Joint Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected Vehicle Program for the MRAP Joint Program office. In 2012, he completed extensive research to produce for the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Directorate, Missile Defense Agency, a history of U.S. Navy anti-air warfare/anti-ballistic missile technologies, systems, platforms and operations. In addition, he has published 39 books (plus five co-authored works), as well as numerous articles and chapters in books. His recent works include Network-Centric Warfare: How Navies Learned to Fight Smarter in Three World Wars; Seapower as Strategy; Terrorism, Afghanistan, and America’s New Way of War; Naval Firepower; and two-volume histories of Royal Navy cruisers and destroyers. He also wrote five editions of the encyclopedic Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems. He holds a PhD in Theoretical Solid-State Physics, Columbia University (1974) and an MA and BA in Physics (1968 and 1967 respectively), Columbia.

Robert D. Holzer
Mr. Holzer is a Gryphon principal national security analyst responsible for outreach and program advocacy in the national security, public diplomacy and homeland defense arenas. He has more than 20 years of experience implementing and managing an array of strategic outreach campaigns for customers such as the Navy’s PEO Littoral Combat Ships, Aegis Missile Defense, Irregular Warfare Office, the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD Policy), the Secretary of Defense’s Office of Force Transformation, the Marine Corps Ellis Group and PEO Littoral Combat Ship. During 2009, Mr. Holzer worked extensively on the public articulation of the goals and objectives of the Department of Defense’s 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review. As a senior writer with the weekly trade newspaper Defense News from 1989 to 2001, Mr. Holzer was an award-winning reporter covering the Joint Staff, the Navy and Marine Corps. He holds a BA in history and political science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has completed all coursework and comprehensive examinations for an MA in U.S. Defense Policy at American University.

Grace Jean
A corporate communications specialist, Ms. Jean brings 15 years of journalism expertise and communications experience to Gryphon. She is supporting the public affairs team at the Navy’s Program Executive Office Littoral Combat Ships. Prior to joining Gryphon, she was the Washington DC-based naval reporter for IHS Jane’s, where she covered the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Coast Guard, and international maritime affairs for Jane’s Navy International, Jane’s Defence Weekly, and Jane’s International Defence Review. Prior to joining Jane’s, she spent a year supporting the Office of Naval Research’s corporate communications office, focusing on the solid state laser program, EM railgun, and autonomous systems. Ms. Jean previously was senior editor at National Defense Magazine, covering a broad range of topics and writing the science and technology column. She holds a BA in English (cum laude) from Cornell University and an MA in journalism from Columbia University.

Dr. Robbin F. Laird
Dr. Laird is a principal specialist on global defense and security policies and programs. The author of 23 books and many articles on security and defense affairs, he has worked with all five U.S. Armed Services and many companies worldwide. He is the co-founder of the Second Line of Defense bi-lingual website (www.sldinfo.com), with significant global readership, and is a member of the editorial board of Breaking Defense. In 2012, he authored several articles and commentaries on international security and defense concerns, including “The Long Reach of Aegis” (USNI Proceedings), “The F-35 and the Future of Power Projection” (Joint Force Quarterly), and a Special Report on the ACE of the Future: Yuma and Beyond; he is co-authoring a book on Pacific strategy to be published by Praeger. Regular columns and assessments are provided on Breaking Defense and Second Line of Defense. As Special Assistant to the Director, Defense Intelligence Agency from 1980 to 1983, Dr. Laird supported the process of providing briefings to and reports for President Regan and other senior National Security Council officials, at the highest level of classification. Dr. Laird received his PhD in Political Science from Columbia University.

John F. Morton
Mr. Morton has 30 years’ experience in research and analyses and communications for complex homeland and national security and defense issues, and is a senior national security analyst at Gryphon. From 2007 to 2010, he was a Distinguished Fellow and the Homeland Security Lead for the Project on National Security Reform, where he secured and managed a team of more than 60 homeland security and emergency management professionals from all levels of government. In 2012, the U.S. Naval Institute Press published his findings as Next-Generation Homeland Security: Network Federalism and the Course to National Preparedness with a foreword by Governor Tom Ridge http://www.usni.org/store/catalog-fall-2012/next-generation-homeland-security. Endorsed by Michael Chertoff, the 9/11 Commission co-chairmen, and other recognized leaders in the field, the book is a standard textbook for the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security and the National War College. An authority in the field, he helped found DomestricPreparedness.com in 1998. As managing editor for DomPrep, he wrote, conducted interviews, and organized conferences. For the last ten years, he has remained affiliated as DomPrep’s Strategic Advisor. Mr. Morton has consulted and conducted research and analysis for senior decision makers in the defense industry, and has produced more than 100 government/ industry conferences on homeland and national security and defense. He has written for virtually every major defense publication. Mr. Morton received his BA and MA in International Affairs from The George Washington University.

Norman Polmar
A Principal Advisor and author specializing in national security, intelligence, and aviation fields, he served almost 11 years on the Secretary of the Navy’s Research Advisory Committee. Subsequently he was appointed to reestablish and chair (for almost three years) the DHS Science and Technology Advisory Committee. He has been a consultant or advisor to three U.S. Senators, the Speaker of the House, and the Deputy Counselor to the President. Within the Navy Department, he has been an advisor or consultant to three Secretaries of the Navy, two Chiefs of Naval Operations, and several Deputy Chiefs of Naval Operations (Naval Aviation and Surface Warfare). He supported communications projects for and served as a direct consultant to the Commander, Navy Cyber Command/TENTH Fleet. In 2014, Mr. Polmar was appointed to the advisory board of the Center for Defense and Homeland Security at the Fayetteville State University. He has directed studies for the Department of Defense and Navy agencies and for U.S. and foreign aerospace and shipbuilding firms. Mr. Polmar’s 50 published books include nine editions of the definitive reference Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet and five editions of Guide to the Soviet Navy. Previously for ten years he was editor of the U.S. sections of the annual reference Jane’s Fighting Ships. He is a columnist for the magazines Proceedings and Naval History, both published by the U.S. Naval Institute, the Navy’s professional society.

Jean C. Tullier
Senior Communications Advisor, Ms. Tullier has more some 35 years of experience in the development and implementation of strategic marketing plans that include branding, advertising, publishing, web sites and public relations. Her expertise encompasses the full range of print collateral products, multimedia and web design and development, conferences and exhibits and targeted media efforts for corporate and governmental customers. From 1989 to 2008, she was president of BlueWater Agency, a full-service marketing communications firm serving defense, federal agencies, industry and non-profits. From 1978 to 1989, she served as Membership Director of the U.S. Naval Institute. Ms. Tullier has a B.S. in communications from the Newhouse School of Communications and a B.S. in English from Syracuse University.

Other experts inside and outside Gryphon complement our core team of researchers, analysts, writers, and communicators to meet special-focus requirements.