Strategic Forecasting, Inc. is a for-profit, mini-CIA. It uses a web of paid informers around the world to gain confidential information and conduct spy-ops against groups of citizen activists at the request of Fortune 500 corporations and governmental clients.
Stratfor was founded in 1996 and headquartered in Austin, Texas, by George Friedman, its current CEO and chief intelligence officer. An author, PhD, and former designer of computerized war games, Friedman spent 20 years in academia before founding Stratfor, where he is billed as an expert in geopolitical conflicts and trends. The firm has about a hundred staff members.