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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 interestโ€”to include an overview of barriers and opportunitiesโ€”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.


Unpopular opinion: the best thing young people can do early in their careers in the USIC is to work on the weekends so counterespionage investigators can put them on the short list of suspects engaging in insider threat behavior.

The Russians are going to indict anyone who set foot in R&E and ask to have the FSB interview them.

Excited to execute the updated Bush doctrine by invading Nigeria because of it is an origin of non-stop spam scams, destabilizing the region and spending trillions of dollars for 15 years with thousands of American dead. FCDserviceA_llc photo



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”

โ€œLike almost any major industry in Russia, (cybercriminals) work kind of with the tacit consent and sometimes explicit consent of the security services,โ€ 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.

โ€œNaming specific companies can create incentives for educated and skilled Russians who might be able to obtain jobs elsewhere where they donโ€™t support Russian state hacking,โ€ 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 Moscowโ€™s election interference this year, analysts say”

โ€œThe email content really wasnโ€™t about Joe Biden himself,โ€ said Michael Van Landingham, a former CIA political analyst who worked on the 2017 intelligence-community assessment on Russian interference. โ€œIt was a stretch to make a connection between the candidate and the leaked information.โ€

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By Ellen Nakashima