A key figure in a U.S. Army intelligence program has for years allowed himself to be portrayed as a Ph.D. in engineering, even though he does not hold a doctoral degree.
Ohio State University says Russell Richardson earned a master's degree in 1984 but never earned a doctorate. Richardson says he never sought to misrepresent his credentials. From 2003 to last September, Richardson consistently has been characterized in news stories, company websites and his own internal Army resume as having a doctoral degree. Richardson made millions as an Army intelligence contractor before taking a six-figure federal job in 2012 as science adviser to the Army's intelligence and security command, or INSCOM. Before he left the government in July, he was the architect of a failed effort to fix the Army's Distributed Common Ground System, a troubled intelligence program.