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Mr. Elder is currently the Chief Historian of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and is also a consultant for the Hulu television network supporting the multi-Emmy award-winning “The Handmaid’s Tale”. Over the last three years, in collaboration with Smithsonian Exhibits, he has managed the development and installation of the DIA Museum, which includes exhibits addressing dozens of intelligence missions and capabilities. In addition to the DIA Museum, he has provided content and artifacts for numerous exhibits in the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum as well as the International Spy Museum. He is a routine guest on International Spy Museum’s SpyCast series, and can be seen in DIA’s video series “The Historians.”

He independently established the DIA Battlefield Staff Ride program, providing annual leadership and intelligence training to organizations throughout the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community, as well as to students from dozens of colleges and universities. During his career, he has also been a tradecraft instructor at the Academy for Defense Intelligence, an executive briefer in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, a Deputy Defense Intelligence Officer, and a senior counterterrorism analyst. He is the recipient of two National Intelligence Certificates of Distinction and numerous other awards.

He holds master’s degrees from the United States Naval War College and Northeastern University, and completed additional graduate studies at the National Intelligence University, Norwich University, and the University of Maryland. Mr. Elder also holds more than two-dozen professional certifications.

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