Dr Gari P Owen was educated at the University of Wales and holds a BSc in Physics (1970), an MSc (1972) and PhD (1974) in Chemical Physics and is a Chartered Physicist (CPhys) since 1985. He worked for 30 years in Government in the Home Office and Ministry of Defence in research and development, international programmes and identifying new requirements. From 1987-1990, he served as a science and technology liaison officer at the British Embassy, Washington DC. Since 2003, he has been a Consultant to Government and Industry in the fields of Defence, Security and Programme Evaluation and Management. He has also been the President of the European Open Source Intelligence (EUROSINT) Forum and adviser to various EU projects.