Strategic Threat Advisory Group (STAG) exists because the security industry has become bifurcated between, on one hand, low quality, one-size-fits-all pre-fab solutions, and think tanks rife with sophistry in place of analysis, to, on the other hand, saturation-based security blankets designed for the hyper-wealthy. STAG brings decades of experience in the government. Our experts set the bar among colleagues, for creating security operations based on tailored planning driven by insightful analysis of vetted sources and methods.
Security in an uncertain world.
Domestically, we are based on the U.S. East Coast, while internationally, we are best postured to assist clients operating in high turmoil regions of Eastern Europe, especially the Balkans, and the Horn of Africa.
Our clients may be private individuals, small companies, large corporations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs)- anyone who requires security assistance.
STAG | Biographies
STAG’s executives are recognized experts with a century of combined experience in fields covering counterterrorism (CT), counterintelligence (CI), counternarcotics (CN), human trafficking (HT), border security, and covert operations, during their government careers. They have all become trainers in much-needed skill sets, from intelligence collection to strategic planning to field operations, both in tactical and academic environments.
Daniel J. Monaco, Esq.
Founder & President
Mr. Monaco has over 15 years’ experience in law enforcement from local police to Federal levels. Most of his career was spent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), working primarily in counterterrorism (CT) and human intelligence (HUMINT), becoming an internationally recognized expert in, and sought-after trainer of, CT and HUMINT operations, to both domestic and foreign partners. He worked several high-profile terrorism cases that became household news. Several times, he was deployed with U.S. Special Forces, working alongside Deltas, Green Berets, Pararescuers, SEALs, SERE Specialists, SOCOM Pilots, and Combat Controllers, overseeing combined operations; his last deployment involved managing intelligence collection for a forward-deployed SEAL Team. His operational experience spans arresting gang members and meth cooks on the inner-city streets to America to handling AQI terrorists in Iraq, involving not only CT and HUMINT, but also technical intelligence collection (SIGINT), counterintelligence (CI), counternarcotics (CN), street crime prevention, and all categories of transnational organized crime. He earned multiple commendations from domestic and foreign agencies.
He is also a lawyer in good standing with the DC Bar, and holds Virginia registrations as a Private Investigator and Personal Protection Specialist. He is a Fellow at the Catholic University of America, Institute for Policy Research, Working Group for Intelligence and National Security.
Dr. Steven Oluic, US Army (ret.)
Co-Founder | VP & Secretary
Dr. Steven Oluić is a retired U.S. Army officer whose career spanned over 27 years. His last assignment prior to retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2010 was as the Associate Dean of Strategy and Policy at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point. He also served as an Assistant and then Associate Professor of Geography in the Department of Geography & Environmental Engineering. Dr. Oluić served ten plus years overseas, in both combat and construction engineer battalions, including assignments and/or deployments to Bosnia, Germany, Iraq, Korea, and Mauritania. He is a graduate of the Army’s Command & General Staff College and the German Armed Forces Staff College.
Dr. Oluić received his B.A. from Case Western Reserve University in 1983, his Master of Science from the University of Cincinnati in 1991, and his doctorate from Kent State University in 2005. He is the author of a book, numerous articles and chapters in various journals and books. Dr. Oluić is an aggressive scholar who has received overseas presentation and research travel grants and has been invited to speak at the Department of State, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the National Counter-Terrorism Center (NCTC), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Columbia University, and numerous other agencies and institutions. He was selected as a Fulbright Scholar in 2016 and traveled to Russia.
Dr. Oluić’s research interests include border control, national identity, radical Islam in the Balkans and among Balkan Muslim Diaspora communities, transnational organized crime, and the geopolitical threats to the United States. He has taught with the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC), West Point and has presented at numerous FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) training events across the U.S. These endeavors and his counter-terror expertise led to Dr. Oluić being retained as an expert witness in the (1) 2012 bombing attempt of the Route 82 Bridge, near Cleveland, Ohio, and (2) the 2012 “NATO 3” trial in Chicago, both involving alleged anarchists/domestic terrorism. He has consulted with AFRICOM and strategic leader development and strategic planning to security force senior leaders in Ghana (2018) and Kenya (2019).
Anthony Panchella, USMC/US Army (ret.)
Vice President | Field Operations
Anthony is the Vice President for Field Operations at STAG. He served in the military for 22 years, first as a U.S. Marine, and later transferring branches to become an Army officer. After retirement from active duty, he spent another 14 years with the Department of Defense (DOD) as a civilian Strategic Operations Officer and as a credentialed DOD Special Agent responsible for national security investigations.
Anthony performed a wide array of tactical and operational assignments during his career, spanning conventional and special operations units. His experience was heavily focused on counterintelligence, human intelligence, counterterrorism, and critical-infrastructure protection matters. He had numerous tours in the Middle East, South East Asia, and Europe, including humanitarian service and contingency operations in Kuwait, Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Bangladesh.
Anthony holds a BA in Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University, and numerous DOD certifications in federal law enforcement and intelligence disciplines. He is also a former Army aviator who holds an FAA Commercial Instrument license for rotary wing aircraft.
LTC John Martin, US Army (ret.)
Board Member | Medical Operations & Logistics
Colonel Martin has over 24 years of military experience and specializes in multifunctional logistics as well as medical plans and operations. He is a four-time combat veteran including three tours within the special operations community providing medical planning and operational support to the country’s premier Joint Counterterrorism Task Force (JTTF). Upon retirement, John has served as both a senior acquisitions specialist in support of a U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Dry Combat Submersible program and for the Defense Health Agency as a Program Manager responsible for developing a DOD-wide mobile medical content publishing and learning software application which is currently being utilized in over 50 countries across the globe, from the Americas, to the Middle East, to Far East Asia.
In his last uniformed tours, Colonel Martin served as the Chief of Medical Plans and Operations for both HQ USSOCOM and Special Operations Command- Central (SOCCENT) and as the USSOCOM Deputy Command Surgeon from May 2010 until May 2011. He was awarded both the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit.
Our Motto – Virtus Atque Caritas
Fearlessness and Selflessness
This motto is drawn from an analysis of the life of Christ, looking at his most prominent words and his deeds. Of all his verbal instructions, the one that rises to the top, is Be Not Afraid, while his most prominent lived example distills down to Do Unto Others. Hence, our motto is a embodiment of these two instructions: Fearlessness and Selflessness.