Reid is the Lead Partner of Cogent Steps, LLC.  He has 27 years of experience in education and training.  His diverse experiences include large organization leadership, national security plans and policy, curriculum development and teaching in an international environment.  

Reid earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of South Florida in 1989, a Master of Public Administration from Troy University in 1996, and a Master of Operational Arts from the Marine Corps University in 2005.  Reid served in the United States Marine Corps for over 20 years.  His advance education includes Amphibious Warfare School, Command and Staff College, the School of Advanced Warfighting, the Nuclear Weapons Safety Officer Course, and the Nuclear Weapons Security Officer Course.

Reid has led curriculum development in multiple areas, including international security cooperation, individual and team training for special missions, and leadership modules in the context of management higher education.  These efforts included coordination with members of 17 nations, all five U.S. services, U.S. Dept. of State, USAID, State Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stability, and several other governmental departments, agencies and nongovernmental organizations. 



Contact Reid:
reid.bessenger@gmail.com
703.971.4834