The Experts

Steven Aukstakalnis

Steven Aukstakalnis is President of AlertsUSA Inc, a Florida company providing one of the nation’s most widely used homeland security threat, warning and incident notification services for mobile devices.

Educated in Physics and CS, Steve is a former research scientist and Program Director for the NSF Engineering Research Center for Computational Field Simulation. He has served as a research scientist and faculty member at the University of Washington and Mississippi State University.

Steve is an invited lecturer, instructor and researcher for such organizations as the Dept. of Defense, the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, Naval Oceanographic Office, Nat’l Reconnaissance Office, University of Michigan, Pepperdine University, Purdue, Dartmouth, Nat’l Taiwan University, the Smithsonian Institution and a host of other universities, corporations and government agencies across N. America and around the world.

An accomplished writer, Steve has authored two books, as well as dozens of papers, magazine and newspaper articles and technology reviews. His second book was published in 6 languages and adopted as a text in schools around the world. His written work has served as background information and prep material for U.S. Senate hearings and is listed in the Congressional Record.

Steve has spent nearly two decades working closely with the U.S. defense, intelligence and foreign service communities in a variety of capacities, providing a unique perspective on matters of national security, defense and geopolitics.

Steve has significant broadcast media experience and has appeared as a guest on radio and TV shows around the world, including The Larry King Show, Next Step, PBS, National Public Radio, BBC, as well as most major news networks including CNN, ABC, NBC and CBS.

Steve has extensive international travel experience and has lived abroad in both SE Asia and W. Africa.

Steven Harris

Steven Harris works two jobs. One is as a contractor and consultant to the U.S. special operations and intelligence communities on mission outfitting and as an instructor of unique forms of fieldcraft for operator survival and creation of mayhem.

Steve’s other job is as CEO of Knowledge Publications, the world’s largest ‘alternative energy’ publishing company offering over 70 titles on such topics as solar energy, hydrogen fuel cells, biomass and alcohol, with some of the works carrying his name as author. All of the titles maintain a common theme of ‘hands on’ and ‘DIY’.

One is also likely to find Steve working with Doctors For Disaster Preparedness or teaching response and survival techniques to groups like the Boy/Girl Scouts.

Shane Connor

Shane Connor is the founder of, N. America’s largest supplier of potassium iodide (for thyroid protection during nuclear emergencies) to federal, state, county and municipal government agencies, as well as the general public. Far from being a new player in the marketplace, Shane founded KI4u in the 1990′s.

The company maintains a stockpile of over 100,000 radiation detection and measurement instruments ranging in size from key chain fobs to aircraft systems intended for aerial surveys. The company also operates the nation’s singular private sector radiological laboratory with the necessary federal and state licenses, equipment and know-how required to calibrate & re-certify the country’s supply of Civil Defense radiation detection survey meters and dosimeters.

The firm also produces the popular NukAlert™ key-chain radiation detector & alarm and is the exclusive source of the new RADSticker™ dosimeter.

Shane has written extensively on the topic of preparing for, and responding to, radiological emergencies and is a sought after speaker at related scientific meetings and conferences. Shane is also an active participant with the organization Doctors for Disaster Preparedness.

In August, 2012, Shane was featured on the hit A&E reality series ‘Shipping Wars’ taking delivery of a nuclear blast and fallout shelter.

W. Scott Malone

Scott MaloneScott Malone spent thirty years as a five-time Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter and producer, primarily for PBS’ documentary series, FRONTLINE. His reports have covered such subjects as the NFL and organized crime, Iran’s export of Islamic terrorism, Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos’ ill-gotten gains, the Jim and Tammy Faye Baker scandal, CIA involvement with Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega, the bombing of Pan Am 103, Saddam Hussein’s arsenal of ‘super’ weapons, and the 1993 three-hour FRONTLINE special, “Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald?”

Malone’s 1989 FRONTLINE report on the John Walker-Navy Spy Ring was the recipient of the prestigious Dupont-Columbia GOLD Baton Award. Malone’s 1995 FRONTLINE documentary, “Waco: The Inside Story,” was awarded the George Foster Peabody Award for “investigative journalism of global significance.”

One of Malone’s National Emmy Award was for the 1987 FRONTLINE on the subject Iranian-sponsored Shia terrorism, “Holy War, Holy Terror.”

Another was for the 1996 FRONTLINE, “The Navy Blues,” about women fighter pilots, the Tailhook Sex Scandal and the related suicide of the then Chief of Naval Operations. His reporting on the 1998 FRONTLINE, “Ambush in Mogadishu,” was heralded as “a tour de force” by The New York Times, and was awarded the Edward R. Murrow Award by the Overseas Press Club.

Malone has also written extensively over the years, including for The Washington Post, LIFE Magazine, United Press International, Regardie’s, Conde Nast Traveler and other publications. Several of his print articles were nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1980 and a National Magazine Award in 1989. Malone even won an ‘Olive Branch’ Award from New York University’s Center for War, Peace and the News Media for his LIFE Magazine coverage of the dismantling of Titan ICBM missile silos and their constituent city-killer 9-megaton warheads.

Malone has appeared on ABC Nightline, CNN International Hour, even FRONTLINE itself, and given countless radio interviews. He has testified before the UN Security Council on Apartheid South African arms trafficking, been consulted by three Congressional investigative committees and lectured at numerous universities on terrorism, organized crime and investigative documentary journalism.

Since the smoke-filled morning of September 11th, 2001, wherein Malone witnessed the nearby Pentagon go up flames, he has facilitated and moderated the semi-private counter-terrorism and cyber-security analysis collective, the BlackNET Intelligence Channel.