Strategic Security &
Dean, Intelligence Management Program
Since January 2019, Dr. Russo has served as the Associate Dean of Intelligence Management programs. Prior to his transition, Dr. Russo served Henley-Putnam as an Adjunct Instructor from 2016 to 2019, in both the Intelligence Management and Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism programs. Dr. Russo retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in October 2016, taking a teaching assignment with the State University of New York at Canton until 2018, after which time he reentered the US Intelligence Community, to work as a contractor for the Central Intelligence Agency’s Counter Terrorism Center.
Dr. Russo bring with him a wealth of experience and knowledge not just in Intelligence and National Security, but also in anti-terrorism, force protection, and counter-terrorism. He enlisted into the United States Navy in 1990 and served a total of 20 years between active duty and reserves, attaining the rank of Petty Officer First Class (E-6) a non-Commissioned Officer as an Intelligence Specialist. Early in his active duty career he served a combat tour on board the Battleship USS Wisconsin (BB-64) during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm (1990-91). Having attended and graduated the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center, his first intelligence duty station was Naval Criminal Investigative Services’ (NCIS) Multi-Threat Analysis Center (formerly the Anti-Terrorist Alert Center) as a Counter-Terrorism and Counter- Intelligence Analyst in Washington DC.
Follow-on assignments included Commander, Sea Control Wing – Pacific Fleet in San Diego California as an Intelligence Analyst, Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Officer as well as Special Security Officer. His military intelligence experiences included all-source intelligence and HUMINT (Human Intelligence). I also served as a Naval Reservist after the attacks upon the United States working at the FBI’s National Infrastructure Protection Center, then the Defense Intelligence Agency’s – Military Infrastructure Office, J-2’s Afghanistan Crisis Cell (Joint Chiefs of Staff), and Joint Intelligence Task Force – Combating Terrorism due to the events of September 11th 2001. He had the distinguished opportunity to serve as a Defense Contractor within the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and several other partners within the Intelligence Community to include the Defense HUMINT Service and US Air Force – Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (U-2, Predator, and Global Hawk programs). In 2010, he attended the FBI Academy at Quantico Virginia and was stationed as an Intelligence Analyst working in Collection Management and White-Collar Crime matters in Sacramento, California and then the Intelligence Unit of the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center, Laboratory Division. While with the FBI, he served temporary duty as a Field Counselor for the New Agency and Analyst Training Unit at the FBI Academy’s Intelligence Basic Course in 2014 and was an Adjunct Faculty Member from 2013-2016). In 2018 to 2019, he worked as a contractor for the Central Intelligence Agency in Collection Management within the Counter Terrorism Center.
Dr. Russo holds Ph.D. in Public Safety Leadership with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Capella University. A Master of Arts in Intelligence Studies with a concentration in Collection and a Bachelor of Arts in Intelligence Studies with a concentration in Terrorism from American Military University (2012/2008).
Over the years, the unique exposures to the world and higher education not only heightened his interest in academia and scholarly pursuits, but also influenced efforts to assist others on their journeys. Education in any form is an amazing process of exploration, reflection, and confirmation. He enjoys providing staff, faculty, and students with guidance through this process, so they achieve their overall personal, professional, and academic goals.
Russo, C. (2019, March) “Differences Between a Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Degrees.” Panel discussion; Dr. Brian Harte (Moderator); Dr. Charles Russo (Discussant), Mr. Justin Spaulding, Ph.D. – ABD (Discussant), Ms. Kaitlynn Tibbetts, BA.
Russo, C. (2019, February 28). “Intelligence Discipline: Scholar or Practitioner Based Curriculum” National American University’s Harold D. Buckingham Conference for Scholarship and Academic Excellence.
Russo, C. (2018, November). “Intelligence Discipline: Scholar or Practitioner Based Curriculum” Pacific Northwest Political Science Association Conference (Invited/Accepted)
Russo, C. (2018, October). “Intelligence in the Knowledge Society, 24th Annual Conference, Bucharest Romania” – Intelligence Discipline: Scholar or Practitioner Based Curriculum (Invited/Accepted)
Russo, C. (2018, September) “Influence of Individual and Socio-Cultural Characteristics on Ethical Decision-Making Among Students” – Southern Criminal Justice Association – Panel (Invited/Accepted).
Russo, C. (2017, April 14). “Hate Crimes.” Presentation at St. Lawrence County Police Supervisors Training Conference, Canton, NY.
Russo, C. (2017, March 30). Key Note speaker for Alpha Phi Sigma and Omicron Sigma Sigma Induction Ceremony, SUNY Canton, Canton NY.
Russo, C. (2015, September). “Visual Analytics: A Case for Ethical Decision-Making.” Purdue University and DHS, Scientific and Innovation Webinar.
Russo, C. (2015, April). Health Care and Financial Fraud Schemes. California Health Advocates Annual Conference. Sacramento, CA.
Russo, C. (2014, May). Trends in Health Care Fraud. 9th Annual Conference on Elder Abuse. UC Hastings College of the Law. San Francisco, CA.
Russo, C. (2013, 2014 & 2015). FBI Health Care Fraud. Sacramento County Adult Protective Service, Financial Abuse Specialist Team, Sacramento, CA.
Russo, C. (2013-2014). Sacramento Division – Citizens Academy (Multiple Sessions) Complex Financial Crimes. Sacramento, CA.
Russo, C. (2012, February). Intelligence Collection Management. Sacramento FBI Senior Executive Management. Sacramento, CA.
Russo, C. (2012, June). Master Thesis: Consequences of inclusion of Taliban in a Political Settlement with Afghanistan Government. American Military University, Charles Town, WV.
Russo, C.M. (2018, December 10). “Studying the Ethics of Criminal Justice Students.” https://www.policeone.com/police-jobs-and-careers/articles/482329006-Studying-the-ethics-of-criminal-justice-students/
Russo, C.M. (2018, November 27). “Criminal Justice Students and the Reasons behind their Ethics.”
Russo, C. (2018, October 23). “Studying the Ethics of Criminal Justice Students.” https://inpublicsafety.com/2018/10/studying-the-ethics-of-criminal-justice-students/
Russo, C. and Spaulding, J. (2018, August 8). “Differences Between a Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Degrees.” https://inhomelandsecurity.com/amu-homeland-security-degrees/
Russo, C. (2018, August 8). “Differences Between a Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Degrees.”
Russo, C. (2018, May 16). “Searching Open Source Material in the Age of Information.” https://inpublicsafety.com/2018/05/searching-open-source-material-in-the-age-of-information/
Russo, C. (2018, April 25). “How Intelligence Analysts Can Improve Critical Thinking and Writing Skills.”
Russo, C. (2018, April 24). How Intelligence Analysts Can Improve Critical Thinking and Writing Skills. https://inpublicsafety.com/2018/04/how-intelligence-analysts-can-improve-writing-and-thinking-skills/
Russo, C. (2018, March 23). “Aspiring Intelligence Analysts: Are you Ready?” https://inpublicsafety.com/2018/03/aspiring-intelligence-analysts-are-you-ready/
Russo, C., (July 2017). “Your Resume, but have YOU read it?”
Russo, C., (July 2017). “The Importance of Finding the Right Internship”
Russo, C., (March 2017). “The Demand for IC and HLS Jobs-What are the Skilled Needed?”
American Military University., (March 2016). “How Ethical Are Criminal Justice Students?”