Isn’t it time you had an experienced analyst on your team?

Learn More

About Active Measures, LLC

Active Measures, LLC is Midwestern research and analysis firm focused on supporting defense, national security, and civilian agencies at the local, state, and federal levels. Active Measures and its director Michael van Landingham also provide baseline risk assessments and background information for non-profits and private corporations based in the United States. Our work includes analysis of current dynamics related to client topics of interest—to include an overview of barriers and opportunities—and development of risk mitigation strategies, white papers, and communication.

Active Measures, LLC can engage with outside analytic teams to develop these products and more, as well as to act as a “red team” that examines others’ analytic conclusions and identify novel issues. We offer formal analytic line reviews and stylistic and substantive reviews of outside analytic products, proposals, and requests for information. Michael can participate in a range of structured analytic techniques or analytic brainstorming sessions upon request.


Michael E. van Landingham is the founder and director of Active Measures, LLC. For eight years, Michael was an analyst for a federal government agency, where he provided strategic and tactical analysis across a range of formats to senior policymakers and others. 

Michael received his Bachelor’s from Princeton University in Slavic Languages and Literatures. He earned a Master’s from Harvard University in Russian, Eastern European, and Central Asian Studies. Michael is in the process of developing a dissertation for the graduate program in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He resides in Wisconsin and speaks Russian and French.


Please do not cite the Soufan/Q study on foreign "influence" without reading the methodology section that reveals that any ESL user may be classified as foreign no matter their location, so Russian- or Chinese-Americans are rolled into a definition that implies state control. FCDserviceA_llc photo

Without commenting on the specifics of the case in any target, this opsec line about "false info" that pops up occasionally is not epistemically sound.

It allows one to refute information one doesn't like, and it disappears when the intel confirms a previously held conviction.

This Examiner article is striking in detail if it represents the CIA analysis, & this is not the "walks back" headline from last week.

As with last year, the schism seems among those who practice different cllxn arts, although NSA relies on absence of evidence as an argument.

This Is How They Tell Me One Burns Tends
FCDserviceA_llc photo
Zack Whittaker @zackwhittaker
Cisco's Talos found two remotely-exploitable bugs in Cosori's smart air fryer that could allow an adversary "to change temperatures, cooking times and settings on the air fryer, or start it without the user’s knowledge."

Cosori has not fixed the bug.

That second trip to the hardware store in a day just hits different.

This is not how one should use an LLC.
FCDserviceA_llc photo
Brad Heath @bradheath
DOJ filed a lawsuit today against ex-Trump adviser Roger Stone saying he owes nearly $2 million in unpaid taxes and penalties and that he and his wife used an LLC to "shield their personal income from enforced collection and fund a lavish lifestyle."