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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.

ACTIVE MEASURES’ FOUNDER

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.

OUR TWEETS

The divide over how the US should confront ransomware operators is over if lethal force should be used—eg drones or HVT raids—not under what authorities non-lethal disruption operations are conducted.

Hence the @WylieNewmark "no blood for data" slogan.
FSB apparatchiks knocking doors down when their ransomware tributes miss this month's krysha kick-ups because a ~law enforcement agency~ emptied their BTC wallets. https://t.co/bskw4G8x7g FCDserviceA_llc photo

 

EARNED MEDIA

Recognized thought leadership and earned media placement in international publications on topics in our wheelhouse.

April 16, 2021

“How the Kremlin provides a safe harbor for ransomware”

“Like almost any major industry in Russia, (cybercriminals) work kind of with the tacit consent and sometimes explicit consent of the security services,” said Michael van Landingham, a former CIA analyst who runs the consultancy Active Measures LLC.

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By Frank Bajak

 

April 15, 2021

“Sanctioned Russian IT firm was partner with Microsoft, IBM”

Former CIA analyst Michael van Landingham applauded the naming and sanctioning of Russian IT companies known to have aided and abetted malign government activity.

“Naming specific companies can create incentives for educated and skilled Russians who might be able to obtain jobs elsewhere where they don’t support Russian state hacking,” he said.

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By Frank Bajak & Matt O’Brien

 

Nov. 17, 2020

“Fewer opportunities and a changed political environment in the U.S. may have curbed Moscow’s election interference this year, analysts say”

“The email content really wasn’t about Joe Biden himself,” said Michael Van Landingham, a former CIA political analyst who worked on the 2017 intelligence-community assessment on Russian interference. “It was a stretch to make a connection between the candidate and the leaked information.”

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By Ellen Nakashima