About Us

The International Center for Security and Leadership (ICSL) operates as a center and catalyst for innovative learning, leadership development, and proactive 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 security and leadership blog that features combined effects strategy and a security and leadership fellows program that enhances learning via research, publications, and teaching. 

Dr. Tom Drohan, JMark Services Inc. International Center for Security and Leadership 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 professor included operational campaigns and commands, undergraduate and graduate-level teaching, and educational leadership. His academic experience includes a B.S. focused on national security studies (USAF Academy), 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 U.A.E. 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 actively contributes to Over the Horizon Journal and Small Wars Journal.

Dr. Ron Machoian, International Center for 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 military campaigns as a command pilot, several 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 leadership & 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.

Dr. Balazs Martonffy, International Center for Security and Leadership Fellow, is a lecturer in the Security Studies Department at the National University of Public Service, Budapest, Hungary. He served as an official in the Hungarian Ministry of Defense and in various roles at Central European University, Sie Center for International Security and Diplomacy, U.S. Air Force Academy, Washington University in St. Louis, Woodrow Wilson Center, Syracuse University, NATO HQ, Geneva Center for Security Policy, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs. He holds a B.A. in history (Washington University in St. Louis), and M.A. (University of Denver Korbel School of International Studies) and Ph.D. in international security (American University School of International Service). His work on international security, great power politics, alliance cohesion, and NATO appears in The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, War on the Rocks, The Conversation, the International Security Network, and Hungarian academic outlets. 

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 across all domains.

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.