Jon Kyl – Former Influential Senate Leader

A longtime national security consultant and prolific author on national security issues, John Guandolo currently serves as the vice president of strategic planning with the Strategic Engagement Group in Arlington, Virginia. In 2007, John Guandolo received the Defender of the Homeland award from US Senators Joseph Lieberman and Jon Kyl.

Over the course of his 26 years in Congress, Senator Jon Kyl established himself as an expert both in domestic and foreign policy and in the complexities of coalition building. Recognized as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2010, Kyl was the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee’s Subcommittee on Taxation and Internal Revenue Service Oversight and on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism. He also led as Senate minority whip in his final term in the chamber.

Upon retiring from Congress in January 2013, Kyl accepted an offer to become senior of counsel with Covington & Burling LLP. During his time with the firm, he has garnered placement on the Trade Secrets: Litigation list published by Legal 500 US.


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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