Thomas Benjamin was previously the Chief Operating Officer at ANSER, with offices in Falls Church, Virginia and Colorado Springs, Colorado. He led over 400 analysts and staff in the USA and abroad who supported the missions of federal, state and local entities across a wide array of disciplines.
Mr. Benjamin was an Attorney and Executive at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and served as Deputy General Counsel and Director of Legislation. He was also the Co-Founder and Senior Government Executive overseeing In-Q-Tel (IQT) to identify emerging needs, evaluate technologies and deliver solutions to intelligence community mission managers. In-Q-Tel is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that was created to bridge the gap between the technology needs of the United States Intelligence Community (IC) and emerging commercial innovation.
With In-Q-Tel’s CEO, Mr. Benjamin led over 100 investments in new technology, including Keyhole (Google Earth), Arcsight (HP Arcsight), Palantir, SRD (IBM Entity Analytics), Endeca (Oracle Endeca), Spotfire (TIBCO Spotfire) and SketchUp (Google SketchUp, now part of Trimble), among many others. Mr. Benjamin was subsequently presented with an In-Q-Tel Founders Award in 2015 and the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal in 2005. Mr. Benjamin retired as Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Army, the Judge Advocate General’s Corps after active duty and reserve service. Mr. Benjamin holds a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Notre Dame, a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law and an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business.