Thanks for visiting my Reedsy Profile. I am a former FBI Agent, with over 25 years working National Security. I have a masters degree in International Affairs and have written a university textbook Theory and Politics of Terrorism. I teach courses in terrorism, and edited numerous books on same from Oxford, Routledge, and Lynne Rienner Publishers. With expertise in international security, law and the Middle East, I enjoy speaking and writing on history, terrorism, current affairs, and “useless male trivia," to provide a unique appreciation of the world.
Born under a rock and raised by wolves, I manage to graduate from university. However, realizing the circus wasn't in town, I opted to forgo the normal route of getting a job and joined the U.S. Navy were I went to flight school and was assigned to the EA-6B “Prowler” - the navy’s carrier based electronic attack aircraft . After flying in Desert Storm and other "adventures" throughout the world, I resigned from active duty to become a Special Agent for the FBI, where I became a founding member of the Joint Counter Terrorism Task Force in Norfolk, Virginia. Needless to say after 9/11, I was gainfully employed. In 2007, I was recalled to active duty to establish the international outreach office for the Office of Global Maritime Situational Awareness, coordinating information-sharing among Federal agencies, foreign governments, and the international shipping industry to increase maritime safety and security.
As mentioned, I teach courses in terrorism and national security, as well as give "enrichment speeches" on cruise ships that travel the globe. In this capacity, I have lectured throughout Asia, Europe and the Caribbean on topics that range from military history, the rise of the Vikings in Scandinavia, "Pirates of the Caribbean," and the culture and cuisine of individuals nations.
Recently, I returned from a Clipper yacht race around the world....well, almost around the world. We were in the Philippines when COVID-19 broke out and I had to make a mad dash back to the states. Incidentally, that was the same country where Magellan died in his circumnavigation around the world 500 years ago - the irony!
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