Mr. Allen completed three tours in Iraq and two tours in Afghanistan as a consultant and contractor to various U.S. entities. Mr.Allen spent 5 years in the U.S. Army and 14 years with SOCOM, and the U.S. Intelligence community in human (HUMlNT), electronic (ELlNT), communications (COMlNT), and imagery (lMlNT) intelligence in both tactical and strategic operations. He has over 16 years of experience with National Intelligence systems as an intelligence analyst, linguist (African languages). and Project Manager (Test & Integration, Requirements Verification, Operations Concepts, Mission Planning, Mission Analysis and Optimization).
During his career, Mr. Allen pioneered operational techniques in dial number recognition systems and covert SlGlNT systems. Mr.Allen spent 5 years in the U.S. Army working in TACTICAL COMMUNICATIONS, COMINT, and SIGINT where he earned the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Overseas Medal, and Joint-Services Medal, among others. Mr. Allen spent 14 years with the U.S. Government in Africa most notably: 2 years with the U.S. Embassy in Mogadishu, Somalia, and 4 years with the U.S. Embassy in Lusaka, Zambia. Mr. Allen spent l 7 months providing Analytical and Linguistic support during the run-up to the historic 1994 Elections in South Africa - Elections that ultimately brought Nelson Mandela to power and an end to Apartheid. In addition, Mr. Allen has traveled and worked in most of Sub Saharan Africa during his tenure there. His intelligence experience spans military and civilian communities. He is trained in imagery interpretation and HUMINT tasking, elicitation. Collection, and reporting. He conducted intelligence operations at every level, from the most sophisticated SIGINT operations to direct, one-on-one, human operations. overtly and covertly. Mr. Allen held a Top Secret (SCI) Security Clearance for over 20 years with the U.S. Government.
Mr. Allen speaks Xhosa, Zulu, Tswana, Nyanja, Bemba, and a smattering of 7 other African dialects.
Mr. Allen is a member of the National Geographic Society, and most recently elected a Fellow National of the prestigious Explorers Club for his more than l00 plus trips and expeditions to the African Continent.
Mr. Allen has crossed most of Northern Kenya on foot, walked the Chalbi and Kahlahari deserts and explored both the Juba and Shebelle Rivers in Somalia from source to the Indian Ocean - In 2006 Mr. Allen re-traced the historic 1896 Chanler expedition along the Ewaso Nyiro river in Kenya (East Africa) covering 176 rugged miles in 9 days.