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B.A., M.A.
Adjunct Professor

Prof. Zidek an assistant professor teaching undergraduate and graduate students in the Intelligence Studies Program at Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA. Prior to that, he co-founded a cyber intelligence and strategic business company called GenuFi, Inc., catering to corporate and government organizations concerned about intellectual property protection, monetization of premium online content, and cyber security. Prior to founding GenuFi and after leaving the US government, he joined the private sector as Vice President and Director of the Anti-Piracy Intelligence Center at the Motion Picture Association in Los Angeles, an organization dedicated to identifying and mitigating intellectual property and cybercrimes affecting the six major Hollywood Studios. Before entering into the private sector, Mr. Zidek worked as an Intelligence Officer for the U.S. Government in a number of analytical and policy positions at the US Department of State, Defense and Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Mr. Zidek is a decorated Marine for his service in Iraq and is now a Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve. As a Marine reservist, he has served with the Marine Corps Intelligence Activity, the Joint Staff’s Intelligence Branch (J2) and Navy-Marine Intelligence Training Command besides numerous infantry commands.


  • B.A., University of Illinois – Champaign-Urbana
  • M.A., Flinders University of South Australia
  • Coursework and examinations completed for Ph.D., Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

Courses Taught

  • RIAP 177: Introduction to Intelligence Analysis
  • RIAP 178: Advanced Intelligence Analysis
  • RIAP 425: Strategic Intelligence
  • INTL 615: Contemporary Leadership for Intelligence
  • INTL 640: Intelligence, the Military and Warfare
  • INTL 650: Intelligence Communications

Research Interests

  • National security and intelligence issues
  • Political-military analysis
  • Military operational doctrine
  • Organizational leadership affecting the Intelligence Community