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BrightStar Investigations founder and Chief Investigator is Craig Smith, a leader in the investigative & intelligence community.

About Craig
Throughout his career, Craig has worked on projects for CENTCOM, the Iraqi Directorate of Intelligence, attorneys, private clients, international executives, ethical hackers, and Fortune 500 companies. In 2007, Craig trained underprivileged youth to collect intelligence in a program sponsored by the FBI and the Great Lakes Intelligence Initiative.

Craig specializes in covert surveillance, witness interviews, mobile forensics, background investigations, intelligence collection and comprehensive investigations.


Surveilling a High Value Target from over a Mile Away. Mission Outcome: We won.

Car Serve
Conducting a High Risk Serve in Colorado Springs. 

Going Low
Covert Surveillance in an Undisclosed Location.

Craig holds a BA in Intelligence Studies with a minor in the Arabic language from Mercyhurst Universities Institute of Intelligence Studies, and a MS in Education from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. Craig speaks, reads and writes Arabic, and is a Middle East cultural and subject matter expert. He is also an instructor at the Private Investigator Academy of the Rockies.

About BrightStar Investigations

BrightStar Investigations is a full range investigative agency that offers information solutions to individuals, lawyers, corporations, intelligence consumers, law enforcement, and government clients.

BrightStar Investigations specializes in comprehensive investigations, and merges the modern world of technology with classic and proven investigation methodologies to bring our clients the most comprehensive information gathering solutions available on the market.

Whether your investigative needs exist in the physical world, or on the web, BrightStar Investigations stands ready to deliver valuable information to you in a way that is accurate, reliable, confidential and lawful.

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