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2024
National Security Network Participant

Jonathan Earles

U.S. Department of State

Biography

Last updated: Jan 16, 2024

Jonathan Earles is a foreign affairs officer with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs in their Office of Global Policy and Programs (INL/GPP), serving on the counternarcotics team. Prior to this assignment, he served as an IT specialist in the Secretary’s Bureau in ExecTech, supporting the secretary of state, senior advisors, and staff. Jonathan started his law enforcement career as a full-time police officer at the 5th District with the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia (MPDC) for five years. Jonathan started his National Capital Region career as the assistant director for operations and analysis for Babel Street, where he provided open-source intelligence analysis and collection tracking on ISIS, Boko Haram, and narcotics trafficking globally on the dark web. Before moving to the NCR, he contracted with the U.S. Army 7th Special Forces Group (SFG) for their Advanced Special Operations Techniques (ASOT) course at Eglin Air Force Base. Jonathan is a graduate of Florida State University, where he obtained his B.S. in social science with a certificate in emergency management from the Institute of World Politics (IWP), with a graduate certificate in counterintelligence. He recently completed his M.S. in cybersecurity and data privacy, focusing his research on drone operations and privacy, and is now finishing his second master’s at National Intelligence University’s Strategic Intelligence Studies program. Jonathan has continued to expand his knowledge of terrorism issues by attending numerous courses with the United States Air Force Special Operations School (USAFSOS) at Hurlburt Field, Joint Special Operations University (JSOU), Naval Post Graduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS), and Partnership for Public Service. 

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