The C-T- Watch (Counter-Terrorism Watch) leadership team is comprised of highly skilled and seasoned Subject Matter Experts (SME’s) in the fields of Counter-Terrorism, Anti-Terrorism, Forensics, Intelligence, Counter-Intelligence, Special Operations, Cyber Warfare, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and Investigations. Most of our leaders stem from Special Operations, Intelligence Community, State and Federal Law Enforcement, Legal, & Corporate backgrounds with over 20+ years of specialized training and experience. Our principals come from a stock of family tradition with US Government service dating as far back as the 1800’s.
PRESIDENT & CEO
As President & CEO of C-T Watch, Inc. (Counter-Terrorism Watch, Inc.) Mr. Wicker is actively engaged in all aspects of global operations as well as delivering the strategic vision of the company. With an extreme emphasis on quality services and people, Mr. Wicker strives for 110% customer satisfaction & employee satisfaction. Mr. Wicker comes from three generations of US National Security professionals and is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Camden for two tours, EOD-Mobile Unit 3 and as a reservist in EOD-Mobile Unit 7.
Prior to starting up C-T Watch, Mr. Wicker spent 15 years in healthcare mergers and acquisitions (M&A) working for two global private equity firms. Mr. Wicker is a member of the (AFIO) Association of Former Intelligence Officers, Honorary member of the National Explosive Ordnance Disposal Association of (NATEODA), Associate member of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS), Member of National Academy of Police Divers (NAPD), member Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC) Safety and Security Committee, member of ASIS International, Board Member City of Los Angeles (Mid-City West Council) and is the Government Sector Chief of the Los Angeles FBI InfraGard Program. Mr. Wicker was recognized by FBI Associate Deputy Director Paul Abbate and the FBI InfraGard National Members Alliance as the 2018 National Sector Chief of The Year for his contributions to the National InfraGard mission.
A “Wicker” TRADITION IN GOVERNMENT SERVICE: Mr. Wickers’ father (Captain Kelly R. Wicker, CIA Ret., USN, Ret.) was a US Naval Diving Officer in the late 30’s and 40’s and subsequently recruited into the OSS, and retired from the CIA in the late 1980’s after over 50 years of Federal Government Service. Mr. Wickers’ grandfather (Rep. George R. Wicker) was in the US Army’s’ 3rd Infantry Division and wounded in the Spanish-American war in 1898. He served in the Minnesota State Legislature as a State Representative. He Authored the first US Agriculture Co-op bill and the 1st Minnesota State Police Bill. George Wicker was in both the Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture and Illinois Dept. of Agriculture as Commissioner. George Wicker started Growmark, Inc an $8 billion dollar agricultural cooperative & solutions firm in 1927 and served as its first CEO in Illinois. In 1933 He was appointed by US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as the 1st Chief of the Field Investigative Division of the Agricultural Adjustment Agency in Washington D.C.
National Security Program Manager
A 2014 recipient of the CIA’s George H. W. Bush award for excellence in Counterterrorism, Mr. Darrell Blocker retired in October 2018 as an Operations Officer in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations. At the time of retirement, he was the most senior black officer in the Clandestine Service and an executive member of the Senior Intelligence Service (SIS), equivalent to a 3-Star General.
Mr. Blocker’s last four assignments were as Chief of Station, Chief Africa Division, Deputy Director of the Counterterrorism Center, and Chief at the Directorate of Operation’s iconic training facility. He is a 32-year member of the Intelligence Community, including four as an Air Force analyst and the last 28 working for CIA in Africa, a war zone in South Asia, and Europe.
At C-T Watch Mr. Blocker provides strategic overview of all intelligence and security related programs.
Intelligence and Counter Intelligence Program Manager
A recently retired 25 year veteran of the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) Mr. Dougherty brings an extensive intelligence background to C-T Watch, Inc’s Intelligence & Counter-Intelligence Training Program. Mr. Dougherty currently holds a Top Secret and above security clearance. Mr. Dougherty’s operational background includes Counter-Terrorism Operations, Counter-Proliferation Operations, Counter-Intelligence Operations, Counter-Narcotics Operations, and HUMINT (Human-Intelligence) Operations. Mr. Dougherty has detailed area, cultural, and on-the-ground knowledge & experience of Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East. Mr. Dougherty has worked internationally as well as domestically with both the CIA and FBI JTTF in fusion centers across the United States tracking domestic and international terrorists.
At C-T Watch Mr. Dougherty provides subject matter expertise in intelligence training and operations to include; surveillance detection routes (SDR), Operational Preparation of the Environment (OPE), Preparation of the Environment (PE), Advanced Special Operations Techniques (ASOT Levels 1- 3), Field Tradecraft Course (FTC), Multi-Discipline Intelligence Operators Course (MDIOC), Advanced Foreign Counterintelligence Operations (AFCIO), Advanced Military Source Operations Course (AMSOC), Domestic and overseas counter-intelligence, and HUMINT Collection Specialist Training.
OPE/ASOT/Special Projects Program Manager
Benjamin Perez is a recently retired 28 year veteran and Senior Intelligence Service (SIS) officer of the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency). Mr. Perez developed an expertise in European military, security and political issues through his extensive assignments throughout his CIA career to include Chief of Station (COS) responsibilities in multiple countries. Mr. Perez began his Counterterrorism work following the 9/11 attacks and has served in various war zones over the last 16 years. As an SIS officer, Mr. Perez served as the senior CT official to the FBI and as the senior advisor on international operations. Mr. Perez also served as the senior CIA advisor to the US Military for Special Operations. His most recent assignment was on rotation as the Deputy Director to the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC) under the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ).
Mr. Perez provides senior-level subject matter expertise on Counter-Terrorism Operations, HUMINT-enabled operations, Surveillance detection, High Threat Environment expertise, Counter-Intelligence operations, Counter-Proliferation operations, Operational Preparation of the Environment (OPE), and has worked directly with dozens of foreign partners during the course of his career. Mr. Perez maintains his TS-SBI clearance, weapons qualifications and speaks German, Spanish and has a basic understanding of Portuguese.
Prior to CIA, Mr. Perez served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper and as a military intelligence expert on interrogation and served in Central America in the mid-1980’s.
At C-T Watch Mr. Perez provides subject matter expertise in intelligence training and operations to include; surveillance detection routes (SDR), Operational Preparation of the Environment (OPE), Preparation of the Environment (PE), Advanced Special Operations Techniques (ASOT Levels 1- 3), Field Tradecraft Course (FTC), Multi-Discipline Intelligence Operators Course (MDIOC), Advanced Foreign Counterintelligence Operations (AFCIO), Advanced Military Source Operations Course (AMSOC), Domestic and overseas counter-intelligence, and HUMINT Collection Specialist Training.
Ms. Carla Apodaca is a results-driven Operations Coordinator and has expertise in business management and international socio-political matters. Her exceptional ability to plan, organize, and execute multiple responsibilities in an efficient and timely manner is crucial in the operations of C-T Watch. She is highly resourceful, strategic, and analytical when it comes to assigned duties. At C-T Watch, Ms. Apodaca is responsible for administrative and operational tasks that span from project management, business development, defense contract roll-out, intelligence analysis (OSINT), intelligence operations, scheduling of training and serves as a key team member on the C-T Watch management team. Ms. Apodaca holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and Government from University of California Davis.
Bombing Prevention and Investigations Program Manager
Kevin G. Miles is a Lecturer at the Department of Fire Protection and Paramedicine Sciences, School of Safety, Security, and Emergency Management, Eastern Kentucky University. He has extensive experience in the field of improvised explosive devices and post-blast investigations.
In 2013, Mr. Miles retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) after 23 years as a Special Agent Bomb Technician. For the past 3 years, he has been teaching pre-and post- blast investigation techniques as a government contractor to students from around the world.
He is a 1989 graduate of the FBI’s Hazardous Devices School in Hunstville, AL. At that time, he was a member of the Tulsa, OK Police Department Bomb Squad. In 1990, after eight years as a police officer, he joined the FBI. He served in the Gallup, NM, Buffalo, NY and Los Angeles, CA Field Offices. While in Los Angeles, he was named the FBI’s first officially assigned full-time bomb technician. He served in that capacity for more than 17 years.
As an FBI post blast investigator, Mr. Miles was part of the crime scene teams that processed the bombings at the World Trade Center in 1993, Oklahoma City Federal Building in 1995, TWA Flight 800 in 1996, Khobar Towers, Saudi Arabia in 1996, Maldives Al-Queda Bombing in 2007, and hundreds of others. He has taught over 9,000 students from all over the world on the intricacies involved with bombing investigations.
Mr. Miles is a past Executive Director of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators. He is the founder and lead instructor for the FBI’s Large Vehicle Bomb Post Blast Investigation Class as well as the Combat Zone Post Blast Class. In this capacity he has travelled to 65 countries and 48 states. He has deployed to high threat areas such as Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom) and Pakistan (three times to the Federally Administered Tribal Area).
In 2000, Mr. Miles earned the title of FBI Master Police Instructor and in 2010 was named as an FBI Master Special Agent Bomb Technician. He has published numerous articles and research papers on the topics above and has received numerous awards from the FBI, local law enforcement organizations and the United States military for his service to the first responder community.
Mr. Miles received a B.S. in Criminal Justice from The University of Tulsa in 1980. He received his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University in 2015. He is married with two grown children.
Active Shooter Program Manager
Captain Ray Bottenfield (Ret.) served over 27 years in law enforcement, having served with the Los Angeles Housing Authority Police Department, the Los Angeles School Police Department and the Santa Monica College Police Department. He began his tenure with Santa Monica College Police Department as a Sergeant and was promoted to Captain in November 2013. While working as a full-time police officer, Captain Bottenfield earned both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s of Science degree from California State University, Long Beach.
Captain Bottenfield was heroically involved in the June 7th, 2013 Active Shooter incident at a school campus in Santa Monica, CA. Captain Bottenfield was awarded the United States Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor by the President of the United States and the California Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor for his actions in stopping the threat that saved countless students lives on campus.
At C-T Watch Captain Bottenfield brings his Law Enforcement knowledge and experience as well as his intricate knowledge on active shooter training for both law enforcement in schools and campuses across the country as well as for private business entities interested in prevention, reaction and post incident training.
Special Operations Program Manager
As a 22 year veteran of Naval Special Warfare, Kraig Dorner brings a lot of real world operator experience into C-T Watch. In 2009, Mr. Dorners last SEAL Team command was NSWG-1 TRADET (Training Detachment) and he was in charge of all SEAL Team dive training on the West Coast of the United States. He has deployed numerous times to Iraq, Afghanistan, Malaysia, Korea, Thailand, Australia, United Kingdom, and Kuwait. A few of his qualifications include: NSW Scout Sniper, Static line jumpmaster, long range MAROPS, range ops safety, free fall, SERE, NSW CQD level 1 to 3, NSW diving officer, NSW Diving supervisor, Dive Medicine Tech, Advanced evasive driving and protective detail training, ad
VP of Acquisitions & Corporate Medical Director
As Corporate Medical Director, Dr. Feldmar oversees all C-T Watch healthcare training programs and special projects. Dr. David Feldmar has dedicated his entire life to the study of medicine and surgical technique. He is double board certified in plastic and general surgery. Dr. Feldmar began practicing general surgery in 2008, and plastic surgery since 2010. Dr. Feldmar is also an avid long range shooter and works with C-T Watch, Inc. as an advisor and consultant for healthcare related projects such as the “Stop the bleed” campaign, “Healthcare Workplace Violence Prevention Program” and “Advanced Tactical Medicine” (TACMED-A) curriculum development and instruction.
Investigations Program Manager
Michael Scott is a retired Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) homicide detective with over 37 years’ experience. He has conducted complex homicide, miscellaneous death and deputy/officer involved shooting investigations for a department with 9000 sworn officers. Managed a heavy case load. Supervised and trained newly assigned homicide detectives. Investigated cases with high media attention. Mr. Scott was Awarded the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department “Exemplary Service” Award and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department ‘Distinguished Service” Award by Sheriff Leroy Baca. Commendation from Steve Cooley, Los Angeles County District Attorney, for thirty years of “Dedicated Service” to the citizens of Los Angeles County. Awarded Bellflower Recognizes Acts of Bravery & Outstanding Service “B.R.A.V.O.” award for solving a high profile murder case.
At C-T Watch Mr. Scott brings valuable knowledge and experience in the field of law enforcement and provides subject matter expertise in surveillance, investigations, homicide investigations, crime pattern analysis, rules of evidence, crime scene investigations, officer involved shooting investigations, interview & interrogation techniques, and undercover operations. Mr. Scott is also our in-house personnel and private investigations specialist.
Law Enforcement Training Program Manager
Former Navy SEAL and recently retired FBI SA Agent Bill Vincent worked as a valued member and instructor of the FBI’s High Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG). Bill spent 15 years working International Terrorism cases and 5 years assigned to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) conducting source operations. He has multiple deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq and the greater Middle East where he conducted numerous interviews of a wide variety of terrorist entities including core al-Qaeda, ISIS and Taliban leadership. Bill Vincent is one of the most sought after Counter-Terrorism Subject Matter Experts both in the law enforcement and Special Operations communities.
At C-T Watch Mr. Vincent brings valuable knowledge and experience in the field of law enforcement and special operations and provides subject matter expertise in surveillance, counter-surveillance, interview and interrogation / Tactical Questioning training courses for both Law Enforcement and Military Special Operations.
ASAT/Advanced Observation Skills (AOS) Program Manager
Yousef Badou is an educator and trainer with a diverse background. Having grown up in the Middle East, Yousef was better prepared to handle the nuances of the region while deployed as a Marine. He served multiple deployments to Iraq, where he navigated through many tribal factions from the southern border to the northern areas of Iraq. Following his time in the military, Yousef was certified as an Instructor/Trainer and was requested by name to serve as the Predictive Threat Analysis Lead to the US Marine Corps Combat Hunter Program. He served as the certifying authority for instructors in subjects pertaining to Enhanced Observation, Predictive Threat Analysis and Tracking.
At C-T Watch Mr. Yousef brings valuable knowledge and experience in the field of Advanced Situational Awareness (ASA) and Advanced Observation Skills (AOD) for both Law Enforcement, Military Special Operations and private security tasked with the protection of critical infrastructure and Fortune 500 organizations.
Political & Religious Extremism Subject Matter Expert
Dr. Ralph H. Salmi, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, brings a unique blend of award- winning university teaching with decades of service in both the public and private sectors. His background and interest in diverse cultures, together with his education and years of overseas residence has left him confident as a skilled researcher, policy analyst and negotiator. He completed his doctoral work in the University of California system with a degree in political science with research specialties in Middle East/Islamic Studies. Over the past four decades he has focused his research and writings on Islamic affairs, conflict resolution and international political violence. At a young age Dr. Salmi served in the United States Naval Security group with duty on the Staff, Commander 7th Fleet.
Prior to his academic career, Dr. Salmi’s civil service career included assignments in various US embassies, consulates and missions in the Middle East, Europe and Southeast Asia including two years in Vietnam and five years in Iran. He has held numerous multi-agency top secret clearances. During his three decades of undergraduate and graduate teaching in the California State University system–the country’s largest– he established the first Center for Islamic and Middle East Studies as well as spear-headed the establishment of the first bachelor’s degree program in the Arabic language. In addition to his public service his ongoing work in the private sector has included consultancies at the Rand Corporation and serving as President & CEO of three limited liability companies where he was commissioned by both public and private sector clients to produce hundreds of pages of highly sensitive analytical studies. His most recent activity included extensive work in developing and overseeing the creation and development of a high-quality multi-lingual 3D animation series for overseas audiences. Over the course of his professional life he has met with five heads of state, numerous ministers, diplomats, university presidents and has initiated, negotiated and secured research and teaching exchange agreements with sixteen predominantly Middle Eastern universities. He is regularly invited to speak at international academic events and has appeared on numerous radio and television networks. He enjoys continued recognition as a trusted colleague, consultant and research scholar.