In addition to ever-increasing responsibilities during his FBI tenure, from 1993 to 1996 Archer served as Legal Attache at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Canada. As the senior US law enforcement official in Canada, he had absolute jurisdiction to render advice on laws, regulation, procedures and practices in the U.S.
Before joining Northrop Grumman, from 1998 to 1999, Archer was President & CEO of publicly-traded STRATESEC, Inc., a single-source provider of comprehensive, technology-based security solutions for commercial, government and international facilities, where he spearheaded a period of rapid expansion, while broadening STRATESEC's offerings to a full suite of integrated services including engineering and design, systems integration, maintenance and technical support. In 1999, Litton PRC appointed Archer Vice President, Strategic Business Development for Criminal Justice, subsequently promoting him to Vice President and General Manager, Office of Integrated Public Safety Programs. Serving in this position through 2002, he oversaw all PRC domestic and international public safety business units, and was a member of the PRC executive Quality Management Board, reporting directly to the company's President.
Archer received a BS in Accounting from Minnesota State College, and has attended a number of graduate programs, including post-graduate courses in statistics and government accounting at the USDA Graduate School; the Litton Executive Education Program in Finance at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School; the University of Maryland School of Business's program on international marketing strategies, and business development and execution at the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business Administration. Archer resides in Reston, Virginia with his wife, Helen.