Ian M. Sullivan

Mr. Ian M. Sullivan, a Defense Intelligence Senior Level (DISL) officer, serves as the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, G-2 for ISR and Futures at the US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC G-2) at Ft. Eustis, VA.  He serves in this role as the Senior Advisor for ISR and Futures, where he is responsible for understanding, describing, and assessing the Army’s future Operational Environment (OE) in support of leader development, concept development, capability design, and training and readiness.  Mr. Sullivan is a career civilian intelligence officer who has served with the Office of Naval Intelligence, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-2 at the Headquarters, U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army, and as an Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) cadre officer at the National Counterterrorism Center, where he served in several leadership positions.  He was promoted into the Senior Executive ranks in June 2013 as a member of the ODNI’s Senior National Intelligence Service.

One of the authors of this article previously proposed an alternative definition that recognizes the need to consider more than fires and movement alone.

The OEs of today and the future will be marked by instability.  This instability will manifest itself in evolving geopolitics, resurgent nationalism, changing demographics, and unease.