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Mr. Brian J. Talay, Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Talay serves as the Chief Operating Officer (North America) for 5 Stones. He is a career U.S. Navy SEAL officer with over 24 years of service and is currently a Captain in the Navy Reserve. Mr. Talay also possesses over 15 years of executive business experience with a track record of successful leadership in both the commercial and federal markets. As COO, Mr. Talay assists the CEO with all facets of managing the daily and long-term operations of the company. Mr. Talay leads the 5 Stones Washington DC office where his focus is 5 Stones’ Federal programs and pursuits to include serving as the Program Manager for several sensitive programs for DoD and the Intelligence Community.

Prior to joining 5 Stones, Mr. Talay led a practice for Deloitte Financial Advisory Services specializing in the field of Financial Intelligence, Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Fraud, Business Intelligence, and risk mitigation through unique research capabilities and situational customer analysis. Mr. Talay led a multi-disciplinary team in the execution of commercial and financial research and analysis for a variety of public sector clients. Mr. Talay developed and implemented a methodology designed to address challenging operational and intelligence problems through the use of commercial and financial due diligence techniques. Mr. Talay has a deep history of providing these services to DoD, Law Enforcement, and the Intelligence Community.

Mr. Talay is a career Special Operations officer with extensive experience with respect to intelligence collection/exploitation, counter-terrorism, irregular warfare, and counter-proliferation. Mr. Talay has researched and assessed a wide range of classified and unclassified information and intelligence. In addition, Mr. Talay has vast investigative experience with respect to the identification, tracking, and disruption of illicit criminal and terrorist networks, weapons of mass destruction and weapons trafficking proliferators, and anti-money laundering activities. Mr. Talay’s previous military deployments include leading sensitive special operations elements in Somalia, Bosnia, and throughout the Middle East.

Mr. Talay holds the rank of Captain in the Navy Reserve and has held a variety of command and non-command positions. He is currently assigned as the Counterterrorism Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict (ASD SO/LIC). This role gives Mr. Talay unique insight into DoD and the Special Operations community.

Education and Certifications

  • Johns Hopkins University, Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • University of Chicago, Master’s Certificate, Business Strategy
  • U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Master of Arts in National Security Affairs, emphasis in counter-terrorism and counter-proliferation
  • University of California at Santa Barbara, Bachelor of Arts, Economics
  • US Navy SEAL Training, Basic Underwater Demolition School
  • US Army Ranger School