About Us

The International Center for Security and Leadership (ICSL) operates as a center and catalyst for innovative learning, leadership development, and problem-solving on a global stage. 

Founded in 2012 at JMark Services Inc. headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Center began as a meeting place for classes, workshops, seminars, off-sites and faculty development with national and international partners.  Our commitment to client learning has enhanced worldwide communities of defense and security professionals. Our irrepressible spirit of innovation drives continual improvement and proactive outreach. Current ICSL-related projects include virtual reality, strategic thinking and planning, critical thinking, cyber operations design, artificial intelligence and machine learning, a strategy blog that features combined effects, an information environment leadership development forum, and a security and leadership fellows program that enhances learning via research, publications, and teaching. 

Dr. Tom Drohan, ICSL Director, is a retired U.S. Air Force brigadier general and professor emeritus of military and strategic studies, USAF Academy. His 38-year career as a pilot and permanent professor included operational campaigns and commands, undergraduate and graduate-level teaching, and educational leadership. His academic experience includes B.S. degree with honors (USAF Academy), East West Center scholar and M.A. in political science (University of Hawaii), Ph.D. in politics (Princeton University), Council on Foreign Relations fellowship in Japan, mentor at the National Military Academy of Afghanistan, visiting scholar at the Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies (Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies), dean of the United Arab Emirates National Defense College, and 26 years of teaching. He is the author of American-Japanese Security Agreements (McFarland & Co., 2007) and A New Strategy for Complex Warfare (Cambria Press, 2016). He publishes on security strategy and learning methods.

Dr. Ron Machoian, Security and Leadership Fellow, is an administrator in the international division and a senior lecturer of international studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he teaches courses in global security. He retired as a U.S. Air Force colonel after 27 years of service that included numerous overseas campaigns as a command pilot, operational reconnaissance commands, faculty duty in military and strategic studies, and educational program directorships at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Ron holds an M.A. in history and a Ph.D. in history and educational policy studies (University of Missouri-Kansas City). He is the author of William Harding Carter and the American Army (University of Oklahoma Press, 2006) and Looking Skyward: The Emergence of an Airminded Culture in the U.S. Army (Air University Press, 2005). His research interests focus on the intersection of distinct military traditions and how cultural contexts and historical experiences influence strategy and policy.

A Place to Learn

The International Center for Security and Leadership features an advanced learning center with an inspiring view of Pikes Peak.

With staff and facilitator support that’s tailored to your educational and training needs, a culture of learning thrives.

Our inaugural course taught advanced analysis of the information environment to members of the Canadian Forces.

The Center is committed to developing a deep understanding of the contemporary security and information environment through active learning, innovative research, publishing and networking, and advanced analysis.

A Place to Connect

An effective setting to engage people and ideas for solving problems.

Active learning ranges from plenary discussion to small group discovery. Engage in a learning process that enhances personal creativity, collaboration and organizational effectiveness.

Innovative research synergizes professional practices and academic concepts. Such as visualized analytics, operations design, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence applications.

Publishing and networking includes written contributions and presentations in multiple venues. Affiliations connect public and private sector organizations, businesses, think tanks, and professions.

Advanced analysis combines a variety of established techniques and cutting-edge concepts. Structured analytics, sense-making, and wargaming integrate adaptive and proactive processes.

A Place to Lead

Unique opportunities to acquire a distinctive advantage: Global Perspective, in Context.

At the educational end of a learning spectrum, mentors cultivate broad knowledge for unknown and emerging challenges.

At the training end, instructors apply specific expertise to address known or unique problems.

Experience a powerful blend of education and training, tailored to your security and leadership learning needs.

For leaders to manage uncertainty and shape future outcomes in a complex, competitive world.