Frank Strickland (MS in Technology Management '05) has been named as a senior fellow at The IBM Center for the Business of Government.
This appointment is based on Strickland's continued and future leadership in the Business Analytics and Optimization for Intelligence (BAO-Intelligence) practice within IBM’s Public Sector business. BAO-Intelligence helps the intelligence community and national security clients use large volumes of data to quantify performance, thus driving strategy, operations, and capability development on a foundation of hard performance analytics.
Strickland's twenty-two years of Government service began in the Marine Corps and concluded at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). During this time, he led a number of programs focused on developing innovative solutions and methodologies to measure and analyze mission performance. In recognition of his accomplishments the CIA Director awarded him with the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement. Strickland was also the Legislative Director for the nation’s largest intelligence program and a member of the CIA’s Senior Intelligence Service, where he received the National Reconnaissance Office's Medals of Distinguished and Superior Service.
Prior to IBM, Strickland co-founded Edge Consulting, a boutique consulting firm that achieved national recognition for pioneering work in the application of operations research methods and IT to quantify the value of intelligence. He helped lead Edge Consulting from a start-up to significant year over year growth, culminating in an acquisition by NISC. He was also one of five officers that guided NISC through its acquisition by IBM.
Strickland has led several major professional development programs, including the “Sharpening Your Edge” program. He is the co-creator of “Edge Methods”, a unique blend of consulting, scientific methods, and IT used to assess the value of information from empirical data which has been used to advise national security principals and commanders on the optimal use of billions of dollars of operational and fiscal intelligence resources. He is a recognized teacher, public speaker, and published author.
Strickland earned a MS in technology management from George Mason University. Through this program, he also earned the CIO University’s Certificate in Federal Executive Competencies.
In addition to his work at the Center and the leadership of BAO-Intelligence, Strickland's primary responsibilities include leading IBM's “Smarter Intelligence” campaign. Smarter Intelligence provides the analytics and capabilities required to improve the use of intelligence capabilities and data against global intelligence priorities in a fiscally constrained environment.