Research Skills Give You Options

The Research School teaches innovative, advanced, and comprehensive research and information interpretation skills to private sector and government analysts.

Among its activities,  The Research School permanent team members teach classes at the ACTIC — Arizona’s counter-terrorism center — and wrote an instruction manual for a university research program. The school staff provides up-to-the-minute information on developments in selected business fields.

Our Team

Emil J. Sarpa is from Ohio and was a school teacher at several schools, the last being Shaker Heights High School after graduation from The Ohio State University (BS)  and Bowling Green State University. After winning fellowships (John Hay Whitney fellowship (U. Of Oregon), National Science Fellowship (Western Michigan U.), and a National Defense Education Fellowship (Stanford U.) the result was a PhD.

He spent 5 years at Stanford as Human Resources Director and Labor Relations Negotiator and three years as a private consultant. He then joined The Intel Corporation for five years and Sun Microsystems for 23 years as Director of External Research. He has been a private consultant since Sun was purchased.

Thomas Liffiton is a graduate of Arizona State University and St. John’s College Graduate Institute in Santa Fe. He taught high school English and Humanities prior to serving as a Special Agent with the FBI in Phoenix, Memphis, and New York City. On retiring from the FBI, Tom was a security consultant and business manager for a tech firm specializing in secure networks. In addition to consulting and working with The Research School, he teaches a course on the legal issues of technology at the University of Advancing Technology.

Mark Monday covered a variety of beats and was an investigative journalist at the Arizona Republic before moving to the San Diego Tribune. He spent two decades there investigating such things as the foster care system. That probe brought legislative hearings and new laws, earning him an award from the state assembly. He also covered federal courts, police, and South Bay municipalities where he investigated attempts by the Gambino crime family to take over local businesses and governments. That coverage resulted in a grand jury investigation. He also worked on Action Line consumer investigations, was a seniors columnist, and shared in the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for best general local reporting. On the side he published two international journals on terrorism and insurgency, covering the Northern Ireland Troubles, interviewing IRA and UDA leaders among others. Leaving journalism to join a firm associated with the U.S Navy SEALS, Mark practiced Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) and wrote and edited SEAL manuals, including the tactics manual. After the events of 9/11, he worked with the Department of Energy doing open source intelligence, tracking radiological materials usable for a “dirty bomb.” He served a stint with the Afghanistan Human Terrain Reachback Team at Ft. Leavenworth, then returned to Arizona to write doctrine at the U.S. Army Intelligence Center at Ft. Huachuca. For five years Mark taught and developed OSINT classes at the Fort. He has written five books dealing with security and military matters and has three small collections at the Hoover Institution of War Revolution and Peace at Stanford University.