Peter Spatharis, Founder and CEO
Peter Spatharis, a mathematician and engineer, leads ACAGI and is the designer of the Image Acquisition and Exploitation Camera System (IAECS), a real time face recognition system. With over 35 years of military, management and engineering experience, Mr. Spatharis was the President of TECHCON Corporation, a systems engineering and integration firm.
Previously, as the Director of Operations of France Telecom-Sofrecom, he oversaw the installation of national telecommunications systems worldwide. At the Institute for Defense Analyses, Mr. Spatharis conducted analyses of foreign countries militarily critical technology capabilities for dual use items (civilian/military) for inclusion in the Militarily Critical Technologies List (MCTL). Spatharis was also a fellow at American University researching Federal procurement regulations.
Prior to immigrating to the United States, Spatharis served in the Greek Army as the Commanding Officer of a Special Forces Artillery Firing Battery. He was the Battalion’s Operations Officer and commanded the Fire Support Coordination Center of his Division. He developed plans for unorthodox warfare and insurgency. He established the air mobility doctrine of the battalion and implemented the first howitzer airdrop. Spatharis calculated and developed graphical firing tables for the Battalion’s howitzers. He was a Parachuting Instructor at the Hellenic Army Airborne School and he is Freefall qualified.
Mr. Spatharis studied Mathematics and Physics at the Faculte’ des Sciences in Toulouse, France and Special Mathematics in Paris. He holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Mississippi State University where he also did his Graduate Work in Electrical Engineering, and an M.B.A. from American University. He graduated top of his class from the Hellenic Army Artillery School.
James A. Gavrilis, Chief Operating Officer
LtCol Jim Gavrilis (USA-Ret.) is a former U.S. Army Special Forces officer with over 24 years of experience in the infantry and special operations. He has served overseas in Africa, the Balkans, and the Middle East in training, peacekeeping, and combat operations. He has commanded and directed operations in the field focused on urban unconventional warfare, counter-terrorism, counter-insurgency, and counter-proliferation in Iraq and in other parts of the Middle East. Jim served for 16 years in U.S. Army Special Operations and has two tours in Iraq with 5th Special Forces Group, two tours in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and two tours in Sub-Saharan Africa with 3 rd Special Forces Group. Jim also served in the Pentagon on the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the J-5 Iraq Division and was responsible for political-military operational analysis, policy, and strategy for Iraq for the Chairman, Service Chiefs, and Combatant Commanders. He routinely served as the interagency representative and coordinator, and worked with counterparts in the National Security Council, the Departments of State, Justice, and Treasury, and the Intelligence community.
Jim is a Senior Advisor in the Stability and Development Program on the Strategic Studies team at the Center for Naval Analyses where he co-authored a book analyzing case studies on counter-insurgency in Afghanistan. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor, teaching graduate courses on insurgency and counter-insurgency at both Georgetown University and George Washington University, and to U.S. Embassy-Iraq country team members at the Department of State's Foreign Service Institute.
He frequently lectures at universities, think-tanks, private companies, and government agencies, and he provides commentary and conducts interviews with numerous news and media organizations. His publications include On The Ground In Afghanistan: Counterinsurgency In Practice, CNA, November 2010, “A Model for Population-Centered Warfare,” Small Wars Journal, May 2009, “Army Must Embrace Unconventional Fight,” National Defense, August 2007, “Army Must Address Irregular Warfare Needs,” National Defense, March 2006, and “The Mayor of Ar Rutbah,” Foreign Policy, November- December 2005.
LtCol Gavrilis holds a B.A. in Political Science from the Pennsylvania State University and an M.A. in International Studies from Old Dominion University Jim is a resident Graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
Thomas E. “Tim” Davidson, Vice President of Business Development.
Col. Tim Davison (USAF-Ret.) is a service-disabled veteran with nearly 30 years of active duty service in the U.S. Air Force and has served as a security and technology innovation consultant to numerous companies since his military retirement in the rank of colonel in May 1994.
Mr. Davidson’s areas of expertise include: supporting Defense Industry business development with DoD, USSOCOM, and the Interagency; leading government and corporate integrated process teams—to include red, gold, and black team assessments; developing DoD and non-government crisis response and exercise planning; performing mission area analysis and planning; assisting in the development of joint and combined war games and scenarios; assisting in the development of joint DoD aviation operational requirements and new technologies; conducting international security management, program development, and asset vulnerability analyses; serving as DoD and non-government security conference organization, development, and facilitation manager; and developing joint and combined military doctrine.
While on active duty, he served in key senior special operations and counter-drug staff positions. He was Chief of Contingency Plans at 2 nd Air Division; Assistant for Special Planning in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs; Assistant for Special Operations (Aviation Systems) and Director of Policy Planning in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict; Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs at Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command; and Director of Plans and Support in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Drug Enforcement Policy and Support. Among his duties, he was the principal aviation analyst for the Secretary of Defense in justifying force structure, manpower, and aviation systems requirements for Army and Air Force specials operations aircraft—to include the MC-130E/H, AC-130A/H/U, MH- 53J, MH-60G, HC-130P/N, EC-130E, MH-47E, MH-60K, and CV-22A.
Col. Davidson is and US Air Force Academy graduate with a BS in International Affairs. He holds an MA in International Relations from Florida State University and was a Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Seminar XXI) / Foreign Policy. He is also a graduate of the Air Force Squadron Officers’ School, the Air Command and Staff College and the Air War College.