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The RF Factor

The RF Factor

The RF Factor and associated podcasts are aimed at helping the aspiring leader prepare for the future and the current leader grow in the present. Join George Belsky, Ray Guidetti and Pete Gagliardi as they interview a diverse group of guests and write about current topics. Their guests have one thing in common, they have proven themselves as leaders and change agents within their respective fields. Hear George, Ray and Pete tease out key takeaways from their guests as to how they affected change and sustained it through the application of "relentless follow-up" concepts that work.

Recent Podcast Episodes

Why read?

July 26, 2022

In April of this year, Ray wrote an article entitled Three Ways that Every Leader Can Experience a Thousand Lives . The article focused on the value of reading for aspiring leaders as well as those seeking to keep the edge i…

Water buckets and legacies

July 12, 2022

In May, George wrote and article entitled, “Our legacies in the water bucket.” (You can find that article here ). It is a must read for leaders who at sometime or another will be moving on when their time on the center stage…

Recent Blog Posts

How would you respond if the victim asked: “Am I going to …

As police and EMS personnel worked feverishly to save the nine-year old girl struck by a stray bullet as she played outside with her friends, she spoke h…

Brewed in Milwaukee: A crime-fighting tactic deserving of …

Brewed in Milwaukee: A crime-fighting tactic deserving of national distribution I just saw a CBS 58 news piece reporting that the Milwaukee Police Depar…

NIBIN never forgets: So what?

NIBIN never forgets: So what? Back in 2006, I went searching for a success story about the use of the ATF National Integrated Ballistic Information Netw…

About the Hosts

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Ray Guidetti

Podcaster / Consultant

Ray Guidetti retired as the Deputy Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police in 2018 at the rank of Lt. Colonel after twenty-five years of service. His last assignment with the NJSP, he led the Investigations Branch which consisted of in excess of 600 detectives, analysts, technicians, and scientists assigned to a myriad of different units and mission areas with an annual budget of approximately seventy-five million dollars.

Ray has always been a strong advocate of strategic planning, intelligence, and information-sharing, and has participated on several task forces. While assigned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Task Force following the attacks on September 11, 2001, he was selected by the U.S. Department of Justice to play a critical role in the prosecution of the 9/11 conspirator Zacharias Moussaoui, known as the PENTTBOMB investigation. For his efforts, he was awarded the 2006, U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Furthering National Security, and the 2006 NJSP Trooper of the Year Award.

Following his career with the State Police, Ray was hired by the Bergen County, New Jersey County Executive to establish a resilience program within the County government. Additionally, he supported violent crime and counter terrorism initiatives with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and the FBI. Ray writes and lectures on various subject matters related to violent crime, intelligence, and counter terrorism.

Ray earned a Master of Arts degree in security studies (Homeland Defense and Security) from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2006, a Master of Arts degree in education from Seton Hall University in 1998, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Montclair State University in 1989. He is a member of the International Chiefs of Police Committee on Terrorism, and a former member of the National Crime Gun Intelligence Governing Board.

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Pete Gagliardi

Author / Podcaster / Consultant

Executive Bio - Pete Gagliardi

Pete Gagliardi is a consultant on matters related to Crime Gun Intelligence (CGI). He provides thought leadership and strategic planning support to help governments develop sustainable solutions aimed at seeking justice for the victims of gun violence, resolution for their loved ones, and peace for their neighbors.

He has 50+ years of experience extracting useful investigative information from crime guns and related evidence in both the public and private sectors.

Thirty of those years were in law enforcement - most of which was focused on the investigation of firearms and explosives-related crimes with the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). He has served as ATF’s principal liaison to Congress, the Deputy Assistant Director of Science and Technology, the Deputy Assistant Director of Law Enforcement Programs, and the Chief of Strategic Planning. In 1999, Pete retired from ATF as the Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division.

Following his retirement, he spent 16 years as the Senior Vice President with Ultra Electronics Forensic Technology Inc. and its predecessor Forensic Technology Inc., the developers of the Integrated Ballistics Identification System (IBIS).

One of the primary developers of the ATF National Integrated Ballistics Information Network (NIBIN) Program, Pete’s experience with ballistics information-sharing networks spans over 25 years - from “day one” of the creation of the ATF program in 1993 - to similar programs established in over 75 countries today.

Over the years, Pete refined a strategic concept he calls Triple Barrel Strategies. It is built upon three canons: Cross-jurisdictional TEAMWORK, policy-driven TACTICS, and layers of leveraging TECHNOLOGY.

Pete shares his concepts and best practices learned from others through writings, speeches, seminars, and workshops, based on his book entitled: The 13 Critical Tasks: An Inside-Out Approach to Solving More Gun Crime (3rdEdition) and other relevant publicly available expert resources.

He is a life member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and served for many years on the organization's Firearms Committee.

He may be contacted by email at: petegags@gmail.com

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Anthony Gagliardi

Web Developer / Video

Skilled Creative Director and Founder of Sly Session Partnership, adept at overseeing writers, designers and artists to accomplish challenging objectives. Excellent communicator, problem solver and detail-oriented manager proficient in business operations and customer needs.

Anthony is a world-traveled, design and marketing professional living in Ottawa. For more than 20 years he has led creative and strategic teams working in physical and digital spaces across the lifestyle, technology, and wine & spirits industries. He founded Sly Session Partnership after a decade serving the forensic technology market highlighted by an on-site video collaboration with the UN-LIREC in Lima to curb gun-related violence in South America.

Anthony also played a crucial role in orchestrating and supporting an international client symposium held in Johannesburg. While operating Sly Session, Anthony also services a Montreal-based marketing communications firm and a US-based law enforcement technology outfit. Anthony was recognized for his work on, Every Crime Gun Has a Story to Tell, which won Best Documentary at the 2011 Canadian Independent Film Awards.

Anthony holds a B.A. in English with honors from George Mason University. Prior to completing degree requirements at George Mason, he spent three years at the Virginia Military Institute studying English Literature. He is a passionate volunteer and supporter of law enforcement and Gun Control Advocacy organisations, including The ATF Association Foundation and Everytown for Gun Safety.

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George Belsky

Podcaster/Leadership Consultant

George Belsky, Jr. is a West Point graduate, and former senior executive with ATF. He is currently a leadership consultant and instructor, a master trainer in Purple Resolve, and trainer of Blue Courage. He delivers leadership, wellness, and resiliency training to international and domestic law enforcement officers, managers, and executives, as well as the US military. The topics he delivers include ethical behavior and values for officers and leaders, law enforcement leadership, behavior modeling and motivators, emotional intelligence, crisis leadership, and other topics relating to law enforcement leader development and practice. He continues to travel extensively to deliver such training.