N.R. Jenzen-Jones is a military arms and munitions specialist and security analyst focusing on current and recent conflicts and emergent technologies. He is the Director of Armament Research Services (ARES). He has produced extensive research and analysis on a range of small arms and light weapons (SALW) and small and medium calibre ammunition issues, and has also provided technical assessments of incendiary weapons, cluster munitions, indirect fire artillery weapons, and conventional arms proliferation. Mr. Jenzen-Jones’ other research fields include the exploitation of technical intelligence to support counter-piracy, counter-narcotics, counter-poaching, and other operations. He is a certified armourer and ammunition collector, and a member of the International Ammunition Association (IAA), the European Cartridge Research Association (ECRA), the Society for Libyan Studies (SLS), the Ordnance Society (OS), and the International Ballistics Society (IBS).
Technical Specialist (Small Arms & Light Weapons)
Jonathan Ferguson is a Technical Specialist with ARES and Curator of Firearms at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, UK. He is based at the National Firearms Centre, successor to the MoD Pattern Room and one of the most comprehensive firearms collections in the world. He is a specialist in the identification of small arms and light weapons, including identification solely based on component parts or weapon fragments. Mr Ferguson routinely fields enquiries from and delivers training to the military, government, and law enforcement on subjects including firearms technology, criminal use of firearms, familiarisation with legacy and non-service weapons, identification of component parts, and practical shooting instruction. He is proficient at conducting the identification and tracing of criminal firearms and the provision of technical advice and expert witness statements. Mr Ferguson’s research interests include the use, effect, and depiction of firearms in history, contemporary conflict, and popular culture. He is particularly interested in the role of legacy systems in contemporary conflicts. He has delivered numerous lectures, briefings, and seminars including the handling and live firing of a variety of weapons. Mr Ferguson has published various articles and a book, and has made several appearances to discuss firearms and their impacts.
Dr. Michael Weber
Technical Specialist (Ordnance & WMD)
Dr. Michael Weber has over 40 years’ experience in the fields of munitions safety and engineering, explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), and weapons of mass destruction (WMD). He is a Technical Specialist with ARES and a US Army combat veteran with more than 30 years military service. Dr. Weber is a graduate of the Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal (NAVSCOLEOD) and has served with various US Army EOD units throughout his career, including deploying on missions in support of special operations and technical intelligence recovery. His roles have incorporated technical assessment of weapons previously unknown to US forces. He was the first EOD instructor to develop and design the Access and Disablement of Improvised Nuclear Devices course, and has served as the Technical Safety Specialist on a US government Biological Warfare Verification Team.
Dr. Weber has held NATO Secret and US Top Secret clearances, the latter including Critical Nuclear Weapons Design Information (CNWDI), and Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI). Dr Weber has experience with the US Department of Defence Industrial Security Program, and extensive experience in physical security methods and procedures, including Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) principles. He is skilled at advising on accident prevention, explosive site safety planning, barricade/shielding design, demilitarisation of ordnance items, and explosive harvesting. He has authored numerous articles, technical papers, and longer publications.
Technical Specialist (EOD & Improvised Munitions)
Kenton Fulmer is an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technician and military exercise planner with expertise in weapons technical intelligence (TECHINT) and CBRN field operations. He serves as ARES’ Operations Officer in addition to his role as a Technical Specialist. As a 12 year veteran of the United States Army, Kenton served as a combat leader in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he performed over 400 missions to counter the explosive hazards of improvised explosive devices (IED) and unexploded ordnance (UXO). Mr. Fulmer has trained US, British, Korean, and Afghan military forces, as well as civilian first responders, in EOD and CBRN tactics and techniques. He has extensive experience in ordnance identification, technical intelligence collection, post-blast analysis techniques, munitions disposal, counter-IED (C-IED) operations, field analysis of chemical materials, and home-made explosives (HME) safety and identification.
Technical Specialist (Small Calibre Ammunition)
Hans Migielski is a Technical Specialist with ARES. A long-time recreational shooter and cartridge collector, Mr. Migielski has been researching small arms ammunition for over 40 years. He was one of the first researchers to collect and assess a sizable number of 7.62 x 39 mm (AK) cartridges, and has participated in meetings and research endeavours throughout Europe, as well as Canada, Poland, South Africa, the USA, and Yugoslavia. Widely respected as a specialist in Eastern Bloc, East German (DDR), and Middle Eastern small arms ammunition, Mr Migielski has assisted in the production of several research papers focusing on ammunition documented in current and recent conflict zones. He is a long-standing member of the European Cartridge Research Association.
Ian McCollum is a Researcher with ARES and the author and editor of Forgotten Weapons, a blog specializing in lesser-known and experimental firearms, as well as an avid practical shooting competitor. He studies the history of firearms development as well as their practical use, with a particular interest in the developmental stages of manually repeating and self-loading arms. Mr. McCollum has a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Purdue University, a NIMS Level 1 CNC operator’s certificate, and has worked in firearms manufacturing as well as having lectured for the Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners (AFTE). Mr. McCollum continues to produce significant original research with ARES.
Lyamin Yuri Yuryevich (Yuri Lyamin) is a Researcher with ARES and the author of a Russian-language blog focusing on the armed forces of Iran and China, and co-author with Oleg Valetskii of Missile Proliferation in the Third World, published by the Centre for Strategic Conditions. He is a specialist in Iranian and Chinese military developments, and is frequently cited in Russian-language media. He graduated with honours in Law from the Baikal State University of Economics and Law. Mr. Lyamin continues to produced significant original research with ARES.
Galen Wright is a Researcher with ARES and the author of The Arkenstone, a blog offering analysis of Iran’s armed forces with an emphasis on geospatial and organisational intelligence. He is a graduate of the Evergreen State College where his studies focused on the Iranian military and contemporary conflict theory. Mr. Wright’s work has examined arms and munitions in service with both Iranian forces and a variety of other non-state armed groups, with a focus on current and recent conflicts. He has prepared extensive analysis of the distribution and impacts of arms and munitions in conflict zones, and continues to produce significant original research with ARES.
Graeme Rice is an Associate Researcher with ARES and a graduate of the Violence, Terrorism and Security programme at the Queen’s University Belfast. He specialises in the broad tactical, operational, and strategic implications of various ground, air, and naval weapons systems. His other research areas include: counter-terrorism, arms proliferation, nuclear security, open source intelligence, and special operations. While undertaking his academic studies, Mr. Rice served as Secretary of the Queen’s Political Review journal for three years. He is a qualified shooter and has volunteered as an editor with the International Ballistics Society.
Stephen Semler is an Associate Researcher with ARES. Following his graduation from The Pennsylvania State University’s Strategic and Global Security Program, Mr. Semler gained extensive knowledge of the U.S. defence industry and federal appropriations process through his employment with a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm. While pursuing his graduate degree, he has assisted in the production of publications related to terrorism, development, guided light weapons, and less-lethal munitions. Mr. Semler’s research interests include security sector reform, the political economy of conventional arms transfers, small arms proliferation, and public sector program evaluation. He lives in Beirut.
Hassan Morajea has worked closely with foreign media organisations since the 2011 Libyan Revolution, specialising in providing access to militias and other armed groups, including documenting their stockpiles of arms & munitions. He has worked as a political assistant at the British embassy in Tripoli, and continues to work as a freelance journalist covering local issues for international publications. He also works as a researcher with BBC Media Action, a charity which seeks to inform, connect and, empower people around the world through media. Hassan conducts research on behalf of ARES in Libya and Tunisia.
Additionally, ARES draws on a sizeable list of contracted personnel, representing a wide range of skillsets and diverse fields of knowledge. Specialised fields include:
…and many others.
Additional details on our staff and contractors can be provided upon request.