Sam’s Bio

4197_189526045656_5603977_nSam Kessler earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and a Minor in Economics at Bradley University in 2003. His senior thesis at the time was on “Russia’s Liberalization Reforms of the 1990s and its Impact in the Next 10-20 Years”. Shortly after graduating from Bradley he moved to New York City and worked with several NGOs accredited with ECOSOC at the United Nations (UN). At the UN he worked on various project initiatives dealing with UN NGO representation, liaising, and project coordination pertaining to various UN conferences and summits in the social, economic, and security fields.

A few years later he moved into the private sector and worked as a Legal Compliance Analyst for Millennium Partners, L.P. (now known as Millennium Management, LLC), a global investment management firm. His varied functions at Millennium dealt with anti-money laundering (AML), Know Your Customer (KYC), and financial due diligence as well as risk analysis of new and existing business relationships, and opening and managing new and existing execution brokerage accounts. After a few years working at Millennium he went the entrepreneurial route by starting two freelance businesses. The first was a writing service that consisted of a combination of business writing, editing, researching, and due diligence services for a clientele of businesses, organizations, and private individuals. The second freelance business was a service that focused on global risk affairs analysis and consulting for clients that wanted geopolitical and global trend updates and solutions pertaining to their specific projects.

During this time he moved back to his hometown of Dayton, Ohio to begin the process of enhancing his professional skills and educational background. Since Dayton is a defense hub for the military with Wright Patterson Air Force Base, he enrolled into the 10-week Intelligence Analyst Boot Camp Program at the Advanced Technical Intelligence Center for Human Capital Development (ATIC) in Beavercreek, Ohio, where he received a Certificate in Intelligence Analysis. Instead of going back into the workforce after the program, one of the ATIC instructors encouraged him to pursue his graduate degree and recommended American Military University (AMU) for their national security and intelligence programs.

Sam started pursuing his masters degree at AMU in Spring 2015. During this time, he took on a part-time virtual telecommuting internship with the Hudson Institute Center for Political-Military Analysis, a Washington, D.C. think tank, as a Research Intern while finishing grad school. His internship projects at Hudson focused on researching and analyzing critical and ongoing regional and global security issues pertaining to Eastern Europe, Asia, Middle East, and their impact on U.S. foreign policy, military, and national security. The experience interning for Hudson was very helpful in preparing for the topic of his Master Thesis on “China-Russia Relations After Crimea: Examining the Path leading to a Formalized Alliance and the Threat to U.S. Soft Power Management”. In August 2017, Sam graduated with honors from American Military University (AMU) with a Master of Arts in National Security Studies with a Concentration in Security and Intelligence Analysis.