Principals


Kevin R. McCarthy, Founder and Principal

MoonRaker Associates delivers global transportation and logistics advice and hands-on operations guidance to enhance the security, resilience, and efficiency of critical operations..

Founder, Kevin McCarthy, has been a sought after advisor to the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security; the US House of Representatives Select Committee on Homeland Security and The White House. In the private sector he has been integrally involved with developing intelligence businesses and operational deployment of aviation assets in conflict zones and developing regions.



Captain McCarthy has over 33 years of experience flying US military and commercial aircraft, his final command was the B-777 in worldwide operations. A Director in the Air Line Pilots Association International (ALPA), he created the industry’s first Office of Intelligence & Emerging Threats and was instrumental in establishing the Federal Flight Deck Officer program for the Transportation Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security; serving in the first cadre of sworn officers to go on duty protecting US airliners.

Kevin is also a founder & Chief Operating Officer of 7Tunnels, Inc., a company providing quantum-proof non-mathematically based encryption technology. Quantum computing is no longer science fiction — it is science fact; IBM is offering 50 Q-bit computing power through their cloud services making all current encryption methodologies vulnerable to exploitation. Kevin brings extensive global experience in operations, transportation, national security, and counter-terrorism to lead 7Tunnels engagement throughout a wide range of corporate opportunities where maintaining data integrity has become the holy grail.

A graduate of West Chester University, PA, he received advanced intelligence officer education at The Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies, Arlington, VA, and is a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, GA.




Reports & Lectures

Kevin authored the Aviation Security portion of Counterterrorism: Bridging Operations and Theory - A Terrorism Research Center Book published in 2015, and was a consulting subject matter expert on the project: Operational and Business Continuity Planning for Prolonged Airport Disruptions, published Nov 2013. The latter project for the Airport Cooperative Research Program sponsored by the FAA and managed by the National Academies through the Transportation Research Board. Heritage Foundation engaged him as a contributor to the report Maritime Security: Fighting Piracy in the Gulf of Aden and Beyond, June 2009.

The American Committees on Foreign Relations have Kevin on their distinguished speakers list as a guest lecturer on issues of global security operations.




Dr. Kimothy Smith, Principal

Dr. Kimothy Smith is a Professor of Microbiology and Epidemiology for the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Dr. Smith is also founder of Fin & Leaf, LLC, which is a commercial aquaponics company based in Northern Nevada. Dr. Smith is also a co-founder of McCarthy & Smith Consulting, LLC, where he provides professional consulting services in the areas of biosurveillance, bioforensics, biodefense, biosecurity, molecular genetics and diagnostics, and food safety, defense, and security. Dr. Smith serves as the Representative for Data and Surveillance on the Washoe County Food Policy Council.



Before establishing these businesses Dr. Smith was the Senior Scientist for the Tahoe Research Initiative LLC. As Senior Scientist, Dr. Smith worked internationally on Global Biosurveillance issues to build capacity and capability of public and veterinary health systems. Dr. Smith was also the Executive Director of The Global Resource Initiative and Vice-president of The Global-Asia Resource Initiative Foundation, nonprofit organizations that focus their efforts on bolstering the critical resource base of underserved countries and promoting sustainable agricultural practices to bolster global food and agricultural security, defense, and safety.

Prior to moving to the private sector in 2008, Dr. Smith was the Senior Advisor for International Biodefense for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Health Affairs. While in this position he served as a detailee to the Office of International Health & Biodefense of the U.S. State Department. In his tenure at State, Dr. Smith served as a subject matter expert working with international partners to promote coordinated biodefense and emergency response strategies and to open dialogues on food and agricultural security and safety. Dr. Smith's responsibilities at DHS included serving as the Acting Director of the National Biosurveillance Integration Center. In this capacity he set the vision and led the development of the U.S. Government-wide strategy to acquire and analyze biosurveillance information obtained from public and private sector organizations to support national biodefense, biosecurity, food and agricultural security, and health protection programs.

Dr. Smith earned a PhD in molecular epidemiology from Louisiana State University (1999) where he was curator of the Worldwide Bacillus anthracis collection. He earned his BS in Biochemistry and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Oklahoma State University and was a practicing veterinarian for nearly 10 years. During this time he also owned and managed a large cotton and wheat farming operation in addition to a beef cattle stocker and production operation. Dr. Smith also served as a Veterinary Circuit Supervisor in Oklahoma's largest state District, supervising inspection operations in Federal and State inspected animal slaughter and food processing establishments.

Dr. Smith has extensive experience working internationally, establishing relationships, collaboratively conducting research programs, and building health-related infrastructures and the local capability and capacity to support them. During his career, Dr. Smith has worked in Africa, Southeast Asia, and East Asia.

Dr. Smith lives and works in Reno-Tahoe. His passions are urban agriculture, research & education, and national and international capacity building for science and sustainability.