Former FBI Special Agent and counterterrorism expert John Guandolo is the Founder of Understanding the Threat, an organization dedicated to providing threat-focused strategic and operational consultation, education, and training for federal, state and local leadership and agencies.
Mr. Guandolo is a 1989 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and took a commission as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps. He served with 2d Battalion 2d Marines as an Infantry Platoon Commander in combat Operations Desert Shield/Storm. From 1991–1996, he served in 2d Force Reconnaissance Company as a Platoon Commander, Assistant Operations Officer, and the unit’s Airborne and Diving Officer. During this time, he also deployed to the Adriatic/Bosnia. He served for one year as the Unit Leader for the CINC’s In–Extremis Force, directly reporting to a Combatant Commander in a classified mission profile. Mr. Guandolo was a combat diver, a military freefall parachutist, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School.
In 1996, Mr. Guandolo resigned his commission in the Marine Corps and joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), serving at the Washington Field Office. From 1996–2000, he primarily conducted narcotics investigations domestically and overseas. In 2001, he served for one year as the FBI Liaison to the U.S. Capitol Police investigating threats on the President, Vice President, Members of Congress and other high–level government officials. Shortly after 9/11, Mr. Guandolo began an assignment to the Counterterrorism Division of the FBI’s Washington Field Office developing an expertise in the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic Doctrine, the global Islamic Movement, and a myriad of terrorist organizations to include Hamas, Al Qaeda, and others.
In 2006, Mr. Guandolo created and implemented the FBI’s first Counterterrorism Training/Education Program focusing on the Muslim Brotherhood and their subversive movement in the United States, Islamic Doctrine, and the global Islamic Movement. He was designated a “Subject Matter Expert” by FBI Headquarters. This course was hailed as “groundbreaking” by the FBI’s Executive Assistant Director in a brief to the Vice President’s National Security Staff. For his efforts, in 2007 Mr. Guandolo was presented the “Defender of the Homeland” Award, by U.S. Senators John Kyl and Joseph Lieberman, on behalf of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. While at the FBI, Mr. Guandolo received two (2) United States Attorney’s Awards for Investigative Excellence.
After his FBI career, Mr. Guandolo worked for the Department of Defense conducting Strategic Analysis on the Global Islamic Movement.
Currently, Mr. Guandolo advises governments—U.S. and others—on matters related to National Security, specifically the threat from the Global Islamic Movement. He actively briefs and teaches members of Congress, law enforcement, the intelligence community, military, National Guard, key community leaders, and others. He also served as an adjunct instructor at the Joint Forces Staff College and the U.S. Army War College.
Mr. Guandolo is the co–author of Shariah—The Threat to America, the first comprehensive book on the enemy threat doctrine, and the author of Raising a Jihadi Generation (September 2013) which details the Muslim Brotherhood infrastructure and threat inside the United States.
Mr. Guandolo is a Claremont Institute Lincoln Fellow, a Senior Fellow at the Centennial Institute, and is a Knight of Saint John of the Hospitallers—Ecumenical Order (Knights of Malta).
He is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and the Force Recon Association.
Mr. Guandolo frequently appears on television and radio, and regularly publishes articles related to these matters in a number of media outlets.
His website is http://www.UnderstandingtheThreat.com.
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