Director of Research


Kevin Laiveling

Our Director of Research is the primary point of contact for all reports and research projects for The Potomac Advocates.

Business Associates  




Leo Clark

is a business associate of PRASAM, LLC providing consultation, research, and business development for the firm’s partners. In addition, he provides direct support to a number of clients in the areas of congressional and government relations. Read More




VADM Barry Costello, USN (Ret.) - The Costello Group

VADM Barry Costello culminated his 34 year career in the Navy by commanding THIRD Fleet - all West Coast Navy assets. Prior to that he commanded the CONSTELLATION Strike Group during the Iraqi Freedom Operation. In the Pentagon he served as the Navy Chief of Legislative Affairs and Deputy Director of Strategy and Policy for the Joint Staff. He is a member of the New York State Bar. Since leaving military service in 2007 he has established The Costello Group, a consulting firm, which supports business interaction with the DoD at all levels.




VADM John Terence Blake USN (Ret)

John Terence “Terry” Blake served more than 37 years in the United States Navy before retiring in February 2013. He most recently served as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Integration of Capabilities and Resources (OPNAV N8). As the Navy’s Chief Financial Officer, he was charged with planning, programming and executing the Navy’s Budget. He also served in numerous positions in the Pentagon including Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management & Comptroller) and Deputy Director Resources and Acquisition (Joint Staff J8). His sea commands included a Destroyer, an AEGIS Cruiser, and a Carrier Strike Group. Since retiring from the Navy, VADM Blake has served as an independent consultant on a number of projects both in the defense and commercial sectors. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, a Master of Science degree in Finance from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master of Science degree in National Security from the National War College. Additionally, he completed the Seminar XXI program in International Relations from MIT.




Lt. Gen. Donald C. Wurster, USAF (Ret.)

Lt. Gen. Donald C. Wurster, USAF (Ret.) retired in August, 2011 from his post as Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Florida. As AFSOC Commander, Lt. Gen. Wurster had oversight of the Air Force component of US Special Operations Command, providing Air Force Special Operations Forces for worldwide deployment and assignment to unified combatant commanders. The command has approximately 16,000 active-duty, Reserve, Air National Guard and civilian professionals. Lt. Gen. Wurster was born in Washington, DC, and was commissioned in 1973 upon graduation from the US Air Force Academy. In 1974, he completed undergraduate helicopter training at Fort Rucker, Ala. He has commanded special operations forces at the squadron, group, wing and subunified command level, and served as commander of all US forces assigned to Joint Task Force-510 during Operation Enduring Freedom - Philippines. Prior to his AFSOC command, he served as AFSOC Vice Commander. Lt. Gen. Wurster is a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours, including assignments in both rescue and special operations. In addition to receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from the Air Force Academy, Lt. Gen. Wurster received his MA from Webster University and is a distinguished graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, and a graduate of the Air War College and Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Lt. Gen. Wurster is a Senior Fellow and Member of the Board of Regents at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.




Anthony Tether

served as director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) from June 18, 2001, until February 20, 2009. Read More



Michael Swetnam

founded the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in 1994 and has served as its President and Chairman. Read More



Ed Miller

Edward C. Miller retired in May 2006, as the Program Executive Officer for Intelligence and Information Systems, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. Read More



Al Munson

served as the first Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Acquisition from May 2007 until July 2009. Previously he was a consultant to government and industry in defense, space, and intelligence matters. Read More

Cyber, Space and Intelligence Association  


"Focus on improving national security in these critical areas. CSIA achieves its mission through classified and unclassified meetings and brainstorming sessions."







POTADV Insight Author



George Lauffer

is the POTADV Insight author. He previously served as The Potomac Advocates BRAC 2005 Newsletter author and BRAC 2005 Senior Strategic Advisor. Read More





Gary Sojka
focuses his efforts on representing defense, intelligence, electronic, and transportation companies before the executive and legislative branches. Read More

Gary Hall
joined PRASAM after serving 5 ½ years as a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee and 24 years of active duty in the Navy.

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John Nichols
joined PRASAM in 2003 after serving at the Vice President of Governmental Relations at United Technologies Corporation.

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Arch Galloway
is the newest member of PRASAM. He previously served as Senior Defense Policy Advisor to Senator Jeff Sessions.

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