Welcome to Polaris Intelligence!

Like the North Star guided ancient explorers and traders, Polaris Intelligence guides you to the facts.  We are a certified veteran-owned, information collection and analysis firm based in historic Fredericksburg, Virginia. 


We specialize in proactive protective Intelligence using a variety of domains to identify potential threats and mitigation strategies.  Polaris Intelligence's owner and founder has 32+ combined years in the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Intelligence Community and federal investigations; 10+ years of operational 9-1-1 emergency medical experience; and over 10 years of international travel preparation for federal executives and officials.


"This brief is one of the most thorough and detailed briefs I’ve seen.  There’s not a lot of “fluff” or unnecessary information in it, which is contrary to many I’ve seen.  I really like this."

-- Assistant Special in Charge of a Protective Service Detail for a U.S. Cabinet level Secretary preparing for a presidential level trip to the Ukraine, 2021.



Polaris Intelligence combines over 32 years of federal investigative, intelligence, national security operational and emergency medical experience with the latest in sensing, visual and data collection technology to acquire solid and reliable facts to support a client or mission. 

Rick Charles, PCI, NREMT, TR-C

  • Virginia DCJS Registered Private Investigator

  • ASIS Board Certified Professional Investigator

  • National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Certification

  • FAA Part 107 Certificated Remote (UAS/Drone) Pilot 

  • IBSC Certified Tactical Responder


Polaris Intelligence's founder and owner, Rick Charles, has been entrusted to protect and keep discreet the most sensitive secrets of our nation for more than a quarter-century.  He is currently a credentialed federal investigator with an active security clearance granted by the U.S. Intelligence Community (TS/SCI).


Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services

Registered Private Investigator  (#99-660647 & #11-18621)


ASIS International Board-Certified Professional Investigator. (#23078)



Polaris Intelligence can provide you with solid results to meet your goals in your specific situation. We are an Information collection, analysis and investigative firm that conducts protective intelligence and collects information to support private citizens, corporate clients, executive protection details and others. 


Protective Intelligence

Obtaining and applying information with value to protective detail will enhance the overall protection of the protectee.  Its our goal.  The systematic collection, review and transformation of valueless raw information into valuable knowledge through efficient and effective data collection and analytics is what we do at Polaris.  We create actionable threat intelligence.

Aviation Intelligence


Polaris Intelligence has over 21 years experience in military and civil aviation including 10 years with the FAA as an investigator.  When it comes to your protective intelligence needs, we can support you in aviation-related investigations, non-aviation related security using aviation data and information, working with the Federal Aviation Administration, and years of working with federal law enforcement as an aviation expert

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Economic Espionage & Cyber-Counterintelligence

Polaris Intelligence has over 17 years experience in countering international economic espionage and conducting counterintelligence investigations and cyber intelligence activities to include insider threat detection and mitigation.  Subject matter expertise on Chinese and Iranian theft of U.S. trade secrets, particularly aviation and aerospace technology theft.


UAS Surveillance &


UAS reconnaissance provides the "ground truth" necessary to ensure a successful outcome for some cases.  UAS are an effective investigative tool that can provide: Aerial Imagery for Controlled and Prohibitive Access Locations; Photographic and Video documentation of "Hot Zones" to get a sense of the Patterns of Life; Common Routes of Travel and any potential unknown Factors ("alligators") before they strike​.

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Polaris Intelligence is a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs-certified Service-disabled, Veteran-owned Small Business.

We Proudly support Veterans,

Law Enforcement & First Responders!

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A Division of Polaris Imagery LLC   |   Virginia DCJS #11-18621