The Need for Change in the Counterintelligence Community

The founder of, 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.


Author: John Guandolo

John Guandolo, a counterterrorism consultant at Strategic Engagement Group, Inc., also contributes his time to the Centennial Institute as a Strategic Threats Consultant. The institute, part of Colorado Christian University, works to promote the public understanding of freedom, family, and faith issues. This is accomplished through research, policy analysis, and seminars and conferences with students, staff, faculty, and outside experts such as John Guandolo. He also co-authored Shariah: The Threat To America: An Exercise In Competitive Analysis (Report of Team B II). As Vice President of Strategic Planning and Execution at Strategic Engagement Group, John Guandolo assists law enforcement, government, military, and intelligent community leaders on how to prepare for and respond to terrorist threats. Prior to accepting a position with Strategic Engagement Group, he served the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Subject Matter Expert. During his time in this role, he developed the agency's first training course on the threat of Muslim extremism and issues posed by the rise of Islamic law. John Guandolo joined the agency as a Special Agent, where he led SWAT team operations, participated in investigations, and served as an Advanced Capability Medic. His accolades include two Awards for Investigative Excellence, given by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, and the Defender of the Homeland Award, given by United States Senators John Kyl and Joe Lieberman. John Guandolo graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1989 and was a Company Commander during his senior year. He is a member of the Force Recon Association, a non-profit fraternal organization that promotes the fellowship of those who have served in military reconnaissance units. John Guandolo also holds membership in the Knights of Columbus, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion, and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, and the Order of St. Crispin. He enjoys hiking, competing in triathlons, and camping.

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