Previous Assignments

Dr. Cole is currentlly a Research Fellow at the Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy (PoliTo) as well as a non-resident Senior Fellow in the Security and Crisis Management Program at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences.

Dr. Cole’s research focus is on China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).  He is part of the PoliTo team that is producing an app that covers energy issues as well as political risk and financial data on each of the 70 countries involved in the BRI.

Dr. Cole recently completed a research project for the RAND corporation that focused on the non-military security issues associated with the BRI.  Project deliverables included an overview of China’s Noncombatant Evacuation Operations (NEO).

Between 2010-2014, Dr Cole was a visiting scientific Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Fellow at the Central Identification Laboratory, Joint Base Pearl Harbor / Hickam, Hawaii.

Dr. Cole completed the first volume of a two-volume history of DoD’s program to account for  service members who went missing during America’s historic conflicts (WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Cold War era).  Volume I — Searching for Missing American Servicemen in the Soviet Union was published in April 2018 (Palgrave-Macmillan).

Volume 2: J*P*A*C and the Politics of Human Skeletal Identification is scheduled for publication in April 2019 (Palgrave-Macmillan).

Dr. Cole completed a fellowship as a resident scholar in the Rajarathnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.  The product of the RSIS fellow was a monograph, “The Political Utility of Radioactive Material in Southeast Asia.  Dr. Cole has also been a consultant to PBS Distribution.

Dr. Cole’s telecommunications sector experience centred on sustainable development models and analysis of telecommunications in developing countries.  He has worked on projects or analyzed the macro-economic indicator for telecom development in China, Russia, India, Chile, Brazil, Honduras, Mexico, Poland, Czech Republic, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Romania, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia, and other countries.

Dr. Cole successfully completed telecommunications assignments in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ethiopia, Namibia, Nigeria, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe.  His clients have included the United States government, the US Department of Defense, USAID, the United Nations (UNDP), the World Bank, the South Africa government, and many private companies in the telecommunications sector.

Succesful telecommunications projects include:

  • Project manager and lead economist for South Africa’s third cellular license competition.
  • Project management and lead economist for the commercialization of Namibia’s state power utility NAMPOWER’s fiber optic assets.
  • Resident advisor to increase the capacity of Ethiopia’s national telecom regulatory authority, the Ethiopian Telecommunications Agency (ETA).
  • Lead investigator to increase the capacity of local government in South Africa.
  • Lead economist and project manager, rebuilding the telecommunications network in Bosnia-Herzegovinia.

National security assignments include:

  • Senior Fellow in Political-Military Studies, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
  • RAND Corporation, member of the Political Science and International Policy departments.
  • For the Undersecretary of Defense (Policy), research into the KGB and military intelligence archives in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine and Moscow, and research in Security Police (Stasi)
  • For the US Air Force, analysis of the history of how US Air Force assets have been used for political purposes.
  • For US aerospace clients, analysis of procurement costs and alternatives.

Dr. Cole, who worked in the House and Senate as a personal staff member,  was resident and worked in Africa from 1998-2010.