Strategic Forecasting, Inc., more commonly known as STRATFOR, is a global intelligence company founded in 1996 in Austin, Texas by George Friedman who is the founder, chief intelligence officer, and CEO of the company. Fred Burton is STRATFOR's Vice President for Counterterrorism and Corporate Security.
The company's primary focus is to help clients with security. They also publish security newsletters that are available to the general public. Stratfor is known for its secrecy, especially its top-secret client list.
In December 2011, a group of hackers broke into Stratfor's computer systems and stole large amounts of data, including credit card information.