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FDD’s National Security Fellow
2013 - 2014
National Security Network Participant

Mark Polyak

U.S. Department of Defense


Last updated: Oct 23, 2013

Mark Polyak is an internationally recognized innovator and futurist in the fields of human geography and early warning. Currently, he is developing and implementing disruptive methods and technologies for socio-cultural analysis, expeditionary intelligence and human geography for the Department of Defense. Mark was one of the founders and architects of project Argus, a nationally acclaimed global biosurveillance effort and Chief Analyst at the Division of Integrated Biodefense at the Imaging Science and Information Systems Center at Georgetown University. His areas of expertise include early warning methodologies, biodefense as well as impacts of emerging technologies and societal instability in the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa. Mark holds a B.A. in History with departmental honors from State University of New York at Stony Brook and an M.A. in Russian Eurasian Eastern European Studies from Georgetown University.

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