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The Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities (CETO) is an internal Marine Corps think tank dedicated to developing new ideas and concepts in direct support of the Commanding General Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (CG MCWL)/ Director of the Marine Corps' Futures Directorate under the Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration. This support covers the full spectrum of combat development-related missions and tasks, to include the assessment of future threats and adversaries and associated geographic, environmental, economic, and demographic conditions that may influence the development of future warfighting concepts, experimentation, and required capabilities in the areas of Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership and Education, Personnel, and Facilities. CETO was established in November 2000 at the direction of the Senate Armed Service Committee's Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities out of a growing concern for the wide range of security challenges the United States will face in the 21st century. CETO reports to CG MCWL through the Chief of Staff and routinely provides direct support to MCWL’s functional divisions. Its primary products are major studies, formal papers, reports, assessments, briefings, seminars and conferences.
3255 Meyers Ave.
Quantico, VA 22134
Phone: (703) 784-3452
Mr. J.D. Canty is a Research Fellow at the Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities. Mr. Sparks joined the Potomac Institute as a Research Fellow at CETO in August of 2008. Mr. Canty conducts research in support of Futures Assessment Division, Futures Directorate / Commanding General Marine Corps Warfighting Lab.
Prior to joining the Potomac Institute, Mr. Canty served over 26 years in the United States Marine Corps. His major assignments included squadron and group command, Director of the Marine Corps War College, Marine Corps University, MAGTF planner at II MEF G-5, and PACOM Area Officer, Information Operations and Special Technical Operations, J-3, Joint Staff. He received a B.S. in Business Administration from Middlesex Polytechnic, Potters Bar, Enfield, London, U.K. Additionally, he attended the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico, VA, receiving a Master’s in Military Studies, and the Naval War College, Newport, R.I. where he received a MA in National Security and Strategic Studies.
Mr. Canty has extensive experience in Marine Corps and Joint operations, wargaming and case study development.
Chris Haliday is a Research Fellow with the Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities (CETO). He joined CETO in June 2012.
Mr. Haliday possesses extensive leadership and management experience in military logistics and operations, both at the staff level and in the field. During his 28-year active duty Marine Corps career, he served in a range of service, joint and combined assignments, including company, battalion and installation command, as well as with the logistic plans and policy staffs of Headquarters Marine Corps, U. S. Central Command and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. His strengths cover the areas of multifunctional logistics, particularly relating to support of Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) operations; transportation and distribution operations; strategic planning and policy development; force structure analysis, design and planning; and installation management, including base operating support, public works, physical security, community services and military support to civil authorities.
Mr. Haliday’s education includes a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Duke University, master's degree in Security Studies from the Marine Corps University and additional graduate work in International Economic Relations at the Paris Institute of Political Studies.
Andy is a Research Fellow with the Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities (CETO). He joined the CETO team in October 2014 after retiring from the Marine Corps with 30 years of service. Andy was designated as an Infantry Officer.
Command tours have included platoon command in 2d Battalion (Bn), 8th Marines and 2d Bn, 2d Marines, company command in 2d Bn, 7th Marines and battalion command in 2d Bn, 4th Marines and 2d Bn, 3rd Marines. Additionally, he commanded the Marine Corps’ Training Command and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. He has participated in a combat deployment as part of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), plus disaster relief missions in the Philippines and as part of operation Tomodachi in Japan.
In addition to his command time, Andy was a staff platoon commander and tactics instructor at The Basic School. He served as an instructor and the Associate Chairman of the Physics Department at the United States Naval Academy. Staff tours have included time with the III Marine Expeditionary Force Operations, Operations Officer for the 31st MEU, Ground Advocate for Headquarters Marine Corps and the deputy commander at the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab.
Andy holds a BS degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from Penn State, and Master’s Degrees from The Naval Postgraduate School in Applied Physics and the National War College in National Security Strategy.
Wayne Sinclair is a Research Fellow with the Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities (CETO). He joined CETO in November 2018 and supports the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory.
Mr. Sinclair served for 30 years with the United States Marine Corps where his major assignments as an engineer officer included command at the platoon, company, and battalion levels. He also has extensive recruiting experience as a station commander and operations officer for the Western Recruiting Region. He was the lead planner at I Marine Expeditionary Force and the Chief of Plans, J-5, at US European Command. He instructed at the Marine Corps Engineer School and Directed the Marine Corps School of Advanced Warfighting. His focus areas include Marine Air-Ground Task Force and joint operations planning, campaign design; force protection and counter-mine/IED operations; training and education management; recruiting and marketing, historical case study and staff ride development. Mr. Sinclair received his BA in History from Virginia Military Institute and attended the US Army Sapper Leaders Course and the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School. He holds Masters Degrees from the US Marine Corps Command and Staff College, the School of Advanced Warfighting, and the National War College.
Jack Sparks serves within the Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities (CETO).
Doug Stilwell is a Research Fellow with the Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities (CETO). He joined CETO in April 2017 and supports the Futures Assessment Division of the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory / Futures Directorate.
Mr. Stilwell possesses extensive leadership and management experience at the military service and joint levels as well as in the defense industry. Prior to joining the Potomac Institute, he worked over five years for American Systems Corporation of Chantilly, Virginia as a Program Manager for Science and Technology Integration (Warfighter Performance, Training and Education). He previously served over 30 years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps, where his major assignments included infantry company, Battalion Landing Team, and Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) command; Director, Marine Corps Strategic Vision Group; Commander, Marine Corps Training Command; Current Operations Branch Head, Deputy Director for Operations, and Executive Assistant to the Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies and Operations, Headquarters Marine Corps; and Chief, Joint Training Division, U.S. Joint Forces Command.
Mr. Stilwell’s education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College, National Defense University. He additionally holds a Certificate in Strategic Foresight from the University of Houston. His strengths include multinational, joint, and Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) military planning and operations; strategic planning and foresight; policy development; training and education; wargame facilitation; and integration of defense-related science, technology, research and development efforts.