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Lobo Institute

Lobo Institute advises, consults, and teaches on current and future conflicts, how to end conflicts and prevent their recurrence, and how to help those most affected.

According to the legend, the Spartan law was written by the great lawmaker Lycurgus. Plutarch mentions that Lycurgus (literally “wolf-worker”) wrote the laws in order to make the city state of Sparta invincible, the Spartans fearless and law-abiding. It was a law-package with politico-military, economic and social reforms. Although many historians dispute that Lycurgus ever actually existed as a human being, at Sparta he was worshiped as a demigod. Painting by Laurie Pace (
Painting by Brian Ray Hoke, a Navy SEAL and CIA Paramilitary Officer, killed in action on October 21, 2016, fighting side-by-side with Nathaniel Patrick Delemarre, a Marine and CIA Paramilitary Officer. Brian was awarded the Intelligence Star and Nate was awarded the Intelligence Cross for their respective actions. These are the two highest awards for valor in the CIA. Both are honored with a star on the CIA Memorial Wall and are buried next to one another at Arlington National Cemetery.

Lobo Institute brings people together from across the spectrum of disciplines of global conflicts. These people include former insurgents, diplomats, humanitarian aid workers, foreign policy experts, journalists, intelligence officers, military members, academics, and researchers, among others. These are individuals who have deep knowledge regarding the solution to ending these conflicts and ensuring they do not recur. This diversity of thought creates innovative, comprehensive, and integrated approaches and is the most effective way to address a crisis that will only continue if things do not change.



We advise government and non-government leaders on national security policy. We illuminate conflicts to a broader audience through documentaries. We conduct research on the development and evolution of international conflicts and the concepts that have proven effective. We advise national and international media through objective analysis in the areas of our expertise.


We advise policymakers, think tanks, and political candidates (on a non-partisan basis) on how to resolve conflicts, prevent their return and assist those that have been most adversely affected. We do so through our team’s expertise and our repository of interviews on best practices.


We invest in the leaders of our future by teaching remotely, through on-campus lectures, and in-person seminars and conferences at your location or in Whitefish, Montana. Classes and symposiums are centered on international and U.S. government policy. We conduct training courses to better prepare journalists and non-governmental organization personnel working in areas of conflict.


The co-founders are former members of special operations units and understand the value of individual strength and the power of the team.  This balance is what the wolf’s survival depends on, hence Lobo (Spanish for wolf) was chosen as the name. The founders have decades of experience at the senior levels of national security policy and irregular warfare. They pair this background with diplomats, humanitarian aid workers, journalist and others to develop methods to reduce the human costs in current conflicts and better prepare for the future.

Eric S. Oehlerich

Co-founder, Lobo Institute

Eric “Olly” Oehlerich is a retired twenty plus year Navy SEAL Officer, ending his career while serving as the Commanding Officer (CO) of Naval Special Warfare Development Group- Squadron 2, from July of 2017-2019. At the pinnacle of a career, as CO of this elite unit he was responsible for the research and development of technology and tactics for SEALs to use against the nations hardest problems. The geographic scope of responsibility spanned the Pacific, Africa, and Middle East. By galvanizing over 1,100 personnel combined with collection technology, he provided a security blanket against extremism for the International Community. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for Grassroots Reconciliation Group, a nonprofit to help rehabilitate child soldiers, an ABC News contributor, and a Senior Fellow for Technology and National Security for the Middle East Institute.

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National Security

The killing of Qassem Soleimani: Was there a better way? Mick Mulroy and Eric Oehlerich, Middle East Institute, January 13, 2020.

A tale of two partners: Comparing two approaches for partner force operations, Mick Mulroy and Eric Oehlerich, Middle East Institute, January 29, 2020.

Russia’s Middle East: You probe with bayonets. If you find mush, you proceed, Mick Mulroy and Eric Oehlerich, Middle East Institute, February 27, 2020.

ABC News: Protecting US troops will also safeguard national security, Mick Mulroy and Eric Oehlerich, ABC News, April 28, 2020.

Jannah or Jahannam: Options for Dealing with ISIS Detainees, MIck Mulroy and Eric Oehlerich, Middle East Institute, October 13, 2020.

Child Soldiers

Begin with the children: Child soldier numbers doubled in the Middle East in 2019, Mick Mulroy, Eric Oehlerich and Zack Baddorf, Middle East Institute, April 14, 2020.

Podcast: Child soldiers in the Middle East, Mick Mulroy and Eric Oehlerich, Middle East Institute, April 17, 2020.

Froglogic Podcast Michael Mulroy and Eric Oehlerich Help Child Soldiers, Mick Mulroy and Eric Ohlerich, Froglogic, May 15, 2020.

Michael "Mick" Patrick Mulroy

Co-founder, Lobo Institute

Michael "Mick" Patrick Mulroy is the (former) United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for the Middle East. Serving from November 2017 to December 2019. As DASD for the Middle East, he was responsible for Department of Defense policy for Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. He is a retired Central Intelligence Agency Paramilitary Operations Officer and United States Marine. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for Grassroots Reconciliation Group, a nonprofit to help rehabilitate child soldiers, an ABC News National Security Analyst and Contributor, and a Co-director of the Yemen Steering Initiative and Senior Fellow for National Security and Defense Policy for the Middle East Institute. MIck is also a leading proponent of the philosophy of stoicism and is on the board of advisors for Plato's Academy in Athens, Greece.


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