Strategic Forecasting, Inc.
, more commonly known as STRATFOR
, is a global intelligence
company founded in 1996 in Austin, Texas by George Friedman
who is the founder, chief intelligence officer, and CEO of the company. Fred Burton
is STRATFOR's Vice President for Counterterrorism and Corporate Security.
STRATFOR has published a daily intelligence briefing since its inception in 1996. Its rise to prominence occurred with the release of its Kosovo Crisis Center during the 1999 NATO
air-strikes over Kosovo
, which led to publicity in Time
magazine, Texas Monthly
, and other major publications., Time
, Jan. 25, 1999 Before the end of 1999, however, STRATFOR had introduced a subscription service through which it offered the majority of its analyses. At the time of the September 11, 2001 attacks
, STRATFOR made its "breaking news" paragraphs, as well as some notable analyses predicting likely actions to be taken by al-Qaeda
and the Bush
administration, available freely to the public.
STRATFOR has some products available to the public including private briefings, corporate memberships, a publishing business that includes written and multimedia analysis and an iPhone
STRATFOR's client list is confidential, but the company's publicity list includes Fortune 500
companies and international government agencies.
Currently STRATFOR's products are oriented around individual... Read More