About Polaris Intelligence & Mr. Rick Charles, PCI

Polaris Intelligence combines over 30 years of federal investigative, intelligence and national security operational/aviation expertise with the latest in sensing, visual and data collection technology to acquire solid and reliable facts to support a client's case. 


Polaris Intelligence's founder and owner, Mr. Rick Charles, PCI, 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).


  • Board-certified Investigator (PCI) from ASIS International

  • 21+ Years Military & Civil Aviation experience

  • Licensed Virginia PI

  • FAA Investigator

  • Former FBI Analyst

  • Masters Degree in Criminal Justice

  • FAA UAS Remote Pilot Certificate

  • Certificate in UAS from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

  • Credentialed Aviation Management Professional (AvMP) from Stanford University/IATA

  • Ex-USAF Officer/E-3 AWACS Combat Aviator

  • Published Aviation Photographer

For the past 15 years, Rick has worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigations in a operational national security area and for the Federal Aviation Administration as the program manager responsible for national security investigations and protective operations. 


A self-described "AvGeek", Rick served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force as an aviator and command and control officer.  He has served three assignments in the Middle East including flying over 30 combat missions in Operation Desert Storm in 1991.

Rick has a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Troy University, a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas, a Certificate in Aviation Management from Stanford University/International Air Transport Association and a Certificate in Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, among others.  In addition, he has completed numerous courses provided by the CIA Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis and CIA University; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Defense Intelligence Agency; and the CI Centre.

Rick profoundly supports law enforcement, fire-EMS first responders, our current military service members, and fellow veterans.

​Contact Rick at rick@polarisinvestigations.com to learn more.


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Why Polaris?

"Polaris", or the "North Star", is a key celestial navigational reference for aviators and mariners, alike.  An investigation is a quest for information based on facts that  are learned.  The facts guide the investigation like the North Star-Polaris-guided traders, travelers and explorers.  Polaris' intelligence collection and analytical services strives to provide wisdom, insight, and clarity to real-time events in order to help partners and clients navigate through challenging situations during the journey to finding the facts.

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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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