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About NightWatch

NightWatch, an internationally acclaimed daily newsletter, tracks and assesses global threats to U.S. national security. 

Patterned after briefings for the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), NightWatch applies proven analysis techniques to open source information to identify and assess the impact of war, global internal instability, and terrorism. The criteria for identification of threats and commentary are based on more than 40 years of experience in strategic intelligence analysis. 

NightWatch maintains at least 97% accuracy for its judgments. Commentaries cover more than 25 countries, including Afghanistan, China, Iraq, North Korea, and Syria. 

NightWatch analysis techniques used were first developed and applied in Joint Staff Intelligence/JCS interests and has been in open source production since 2006.

The Chief Analyst

Mr. John F. McCreary is the Founder and Chief Analyst at JFM NightWatch. Mr. McCreary has over 42 years of experience as a professional analyst and a distinguished 38 year veteran of defense intelligence. 

Prior to JFM NightWatch Inc., he served as the Highly Qualified Expert for analysis transformation with the United States Air Force where he taught and mentored the analysts of the Air Force Intelligence Analysis Agency, wrote and taught the first course in advanced intelligence analysis for the Air Force and installed an end-to-end, systematic analysis evaluation and feedback program for the Director of Air Intelligence. 

Mr. McCreary joined the Defense Intelligence Agency in 1968 as an intelligence analyst specializing in Chinese language and studies. From 1980 to 1992, he was the Senior Analyst and Director of National Warning Staff, Office of the Director of Central Intelligence. In 1992, he served as the lead attorney-investigator for the Senate Select Committee for POW/MIA affairs. 

Since 1993 until his retirement from DIA in 2006, he was the Senior Analyst in the Directorate of Intelligence, J2, Joint Staff in the Pentagon. He was promoted to senior rank in the first class of Defense Intelligence Senior Level Experts in DIA. At the time of his departure from DIA in 2006, he was the senior ranking Defense Intelligence Senior Level Expert in the agency and in the J2. 

Mr. McCreary has been a Member of Virginia State Bar since 1976. He is a Member of Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association (AFCEA). He is the author of the internationally acclaimed newsletter NightWatch. He has received dozens of commendations, citations, medals and awards from the Intelligence Community, the CIA and the DIA. In 2004, he received a Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service; the only DIA analyst to ever have received this award. His publications include NightWatch, an executive style, nightly analysis of significant international events with impact on U.S. national security; The Latest Intelligence Crisis, with Richard A Posner, in Intelligence and National Security, Volume 23, Issue 3, 2008; Intelligence as Evidence, J2 monograph,1996; Analysis of Political Instability, J2 monograph, 1995; Warning Cycles, Studies in Intelligence, 1983.


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