Matt Shifrin graduated from the State University of New York at Albany with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Criminal Justice. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Army and served as a military policeman in a variety of management positions. As a Military Police supervisor, Matt protected department of defense property, employees, and their families using crime analysis, policy and procedure modifications, and manpower assessments. He also participated in several combat operations throughout his career. Matt served the last decade of his Army career as a strategist, working with general officers to solve strategic national security dilemmas using intelligence collection and analysis, information operations, and the application of non-lethal and lethal force. After retiring from the Army, Matt joined the Institute for Homeland Security as the Social Network Analysis project manager, where he develops courses and consulting services for law enforcement professionals and other analysts throughout Texas.