Steven Scagnelli, AKA Scags, was described by Admiral Bill McCraven as the most irreverent, eccentric, and unconventional officer he ever worked with, and absolutely perfect for impossible jobs.
Scags spent 6 years in the Air Force as an Arabic Linguist, flying on the electronic warfare platform Compass Call. He was tasked with operating experimental equipment on the air frame that often arrived with vague descriptions and no instruction manuals.
He holds the distinction of being the youngest ever Expert on Mission for the United Nations Special Commission, which was charged with removing Iraq's stockpiles and production capacity for WMDs. After his first assignment with the UN, he was a by name request from the UN to the Pentagon for multiple additional missions, including the high profile palace inspection program in March 1998. His ability to connect the dots, see through the noise, and find valuable information led the Iraqi Intelligence service to label him a "known troublemaker."
After leaving the Air Force, Scags spent some time in the private sector working on software development, network designs, and implementations for a mortgage bank based out of Arizona. He oversaw operations that took the infrastructure for a 200 person organization with 10 offices grow to over 1500 people and 60 offices in just two years. His ability to see the end state clearly, allowed them to consistently beat competition to the punch and set up fully functional branches in developing markets.
In 2002 he joined the Central Intelligence Agency as a Technical Intelligence Officer. He managed multiple high impact intelligence operations around the world, which in collaboration with military and foreign government teams successfully disrupted terrorist activities. He wrote and edited finished intelligence products routinely reviewed at the highest levels of the US Government, including the PDB. He did three PCS tours in war zones, and over 60 TDYs to 40 countries. His willingness to give bad news to senior leaders made him a standout in the crowd, and he was often sought out for his honest opinions.
In 2013 he left the Agency to work for CrossLead, Inc. A software and services company formed around the idea that most organizations are still operating with industrial era processes, which ceased to be revelvant in the new digital economy. He has given lectures and run workshops around the world to business leaders representing Fortune 100 Companies.
In his free time you can often find him scuba diving, engaged in photography, or both. He is an avid consumer of digital media, allowing him to stay on top of trends and analysis relating to most topics, excluding sports. He knows nothing about sports. Seriously, nothing. Don't ask, it will end badly.