The founder of UnderstandingtheThreat.com, national security expert John Guandolo is the author of Raising a Jihadi Generation. A military veteran, John Guandolo has written extensively on counterterrorism and counterintelligence.
In 2012, the scandals involving General David Petraeus and Nada Prouty underscored the need for a more thorough vetting process in the upper levels of the CIA and FBI. Both scandals highlighted lapses in the process that may result in infiltration by foreign intelligence operatives. Other such instances include a person with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood movement being invited to lead prayers at the White House’s Iftar Dinner, or the National Security Council, State Department, and White House consulting the Islamic Society of North America and other groups for input regarding the American Muslim community.
Overall, he stresses the importance of identifying areas of government and government-connected organizations where radical Muslims and other foreign agents may hold positions of power, and of safeguarding against possible threats.