Jack Thomas Tomarchio is a principal with the Agoge Group, LLC, an international strategic advisory firm based in Wayne, Pennsylvania. He advises companies, law firms, financial services firms, federal contractors and government organizations on trends and changes in geopolitical markets and issues effecting international security. He also advises clients on business processes for technology companies, many of them in the defense, homeland security, cyber security and intelligence fields. He is an active entrepreneur and is involved in early and mezzanine stage companies as an investor and principal. In 2005 Mr. Tomarchio was appointed by President George W. Bush to be the first Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Intelligence and Analysis. In 2007 he was elevated to Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis Operations. In his work at the Department of Homeland Security he was the primary senior official in charge of the Intelligence Directorate’s partnership with state and local governments to build a domestic intelligence sharing network. He also worked closely with other components of the federal intelligence community. Tomarchio left the department in late 2008 to return to the private sector.

Prior to joining the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Tomarchio was a partner at the national law firm of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, where he was co-chair of the firm’s government relations department and national security law group. He also served as co-chair of the firm’s Cyber Security Practice Group. Before joining Buchanan, Mr. Tomarchio was a founding partner of Hill Solutions, LLC and Homeland Solutions, LLC. Hill Solutions was a government affairs firm. Homeland Solutions consulted state and local governments on homeland security and intelligence issues and was instrumental in helping several states and cities establish intelligence fusion centers. Mr. Tomarchio was instrumental in leading both companies to acquisition in 2005 and 2006. From 1993 until 2005 he also served as general counsel to Aloe Investment Corporation, a venture capital firm.

Mr. Tomarchio holds a Bachelor of Arts in History cum laude from the Pennsylvania State University, a Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School, a Masters of Governmental Administration from the Fels Center of Government of the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.

He began his career as a judge advocate and paratrooper in the Army’s 82d Airborne Division, serving in the Grenada invasion and later as counsel to the Multi National Force and Observers (MFO) in the Sinai, Egypt. He also served as detailed defense counsel to an Army Special Missions Unit at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

After leaving the Army, Mr. Tomarchio became a litigator for two national law firms. He was recalled to active duty for the Persian Gulf War, deploying to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Returning to the United States he was detailed to the Joint Chiefs of Staff where he was assigned to the United Nations Directorate of Peace-keeping Operations (UN/PKO) to draft the standing Rules of Engagement for UN Peacekeepers operating under Chapters VI and VII of the UN Charter. Subsequent to that assignment, he was selected for battalion command. Following a successful command tour, he was chosen to command the 153rd Legal Support Organization. Staff assignments included Senior Legal Advisor, US Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Florida; Staff Judge Advocate for the Military Intelligence Readiness Command, Fort Belvoir, Virginia and Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict in the Pentagon. He retired from the United States Army in 2010 with the permanent rank of colonel.

In 2008 he was a member of Mitt Romney’s national security team where he developed and co-authored the candidate’s position on counter terrorism and homeland security. He is a frequent television commentator, writer and speaker on national security issues and has provided on air commentary for ABC, CBS, NBC, CNBC, BBC, BBC America, FOX News, FOX Business News, Al Jazeera America, MeTV, Canadian Television (CTV), i24News (Israel) and numerous radio stations around the country. Tomarchio has testified before both houses of Congress on homeland security and intelligence matters.

In the past eight years, Mr. Tomarchio has served on five corporate boards as an outside independent director and has extensive experience in corporate governance and financial and operational oversight of senior management.

He was an adjunct professor at the Fels Center of Government of the University of Pennsylvania from 2001-2005 and has served as an adjunct lecturer at the United States Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California. He was a Senior Fellow at the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute (2005-2008) and currently serves as a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, the George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security and as a Senior Advisor to The Chertoff Group. In 2016 he was tasked by US Cyber Command to work on a commission at the United States Army War College to recommend Department of Defense responses to hostile cyber attacks. Mr. Tomarchio is a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council at the Pennsylvania State University and on the Board of Advisors of the Drexel University Cyber Security Institute. He currently holds active federal security clearances.

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With a major war in Europe into its third month, Jack Thomas Tomarchio, the former Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Intelligence at the US Department of Homeland Security gives us his unique analysis of the Russo-Ukraine War. Rather than simply discussing the war to date, Tomarchio takes us into the reasons; political, philosophical, historical, religious and logical; why the first major war in Europe in over 75 years is occurring. Using the time-tested tradecraft of the intelligence community, he looks at the war through the eyes of an intelligence officer and into the eyes of the adversary: Russia and Vladimir Putin, himself to explain how the real keys to understanding this conflict lie in an appreciation of 19th Century and 20th Century Russian political thought and Russia’s unique view of the world and its place in it. Only after understanding Russia’s and Putin’s motivation for this war, can we examine how this war might end and what peace will look like. Provocative, insightful and original, Tomarchio’s analysis will address some uncomfortable questions and examine some surprising realities of the future or Europe, NATO, Russia and world peace. Don’t miss this insider’s look at the war and its effect on the future of Europe.

Unclassified Threat Briefing: Politics, Hacking and the New Russia

With the Russian hacking issue not going away, this story continues to resonate. Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Homeland Security Jack Tomarchio delivers a speech in the form of a briefing, direct from the vantage of a “former” intelligence officer. He will take the audience into the mind of an intelligence officer, evaluating four sub-topics:

1. What happened when the Russians hacked the DNC

2. How we forensically proved the Russians were involved

3. Why the Russians would do that

4. What does this bode for the future of US/Russia relations and Russian relations with NATO and the EU

Cold War 2.0: The Increasing Chill in US-Russia Relations and What It Means to the World

This speech examines the current strained relations between the US and Russia. It seeks to answer why Russia acts the way it does. What Russia seeks in the 21st Century, the future of Vladimir Putin and what will follow him. 

The East is Red and Getting Redder: China, East Asia and America’s Future in the Pacific

It is no surprise that China seeks to become a peer competitor in Asia and seeks to dominate what had been since 1945 an American lake: the Pacific Ocean. This speech discusses China’s long term goals towards, the South China Sea, the Indian Ocean and Taiwan. It will examine the Chinese plans for a 21st Century as “the Chinese Century” under the leadership of President Xi. 

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Korea?

With the talks between President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un looming, what can we expect from these talks and what is the future for peace in Northeast Asia. The talk will offer an intense study of Kim Jong Un and is his personality and motivations behind his nuclear program. 

Inside the Belly of the Beast: Reflections of an Intelligence Officer in the War on Terror

At times dramatic, at time humorous, I will give the audience a sense of what it is like to work in the United States Intelligence Community. Complete with stories (now unclassified) of actual intelligence and anti-terror operations that I was involved in. Rich in texture about the personalities of people on the front lines of the war against terrorism, this speech will have audiences spellbound.

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