Security Organizations – The History of the FBI

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History of the FBI

John Guandolo utilizes decades of experience in counter-terrorism and other national security matters when helping his clients through the Strategic Engagement Group. Over his career, John Guandolo has worked closely with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a special agent and member of its SWAT team, and has published commentaries on FBI counter-terrorism.

The FBI’s roots go back to the early 20th century, when it was called the Bureau of Investigation. Before its founding, the federal government created an organization called the Department of Justice, which was tasked to enforce legislation passed by congress. However, the department had no police with which to carry out investigations. In fact, it relied on private contractors and agents on loan from other government organizations. The creation of the Bureau of Investigation marks the first time the Department of Justice got its own agents.

By the mid-1930s, however, the government re-christened the Bureau of Investigation as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the moniker it retains to this day. In modern times, the FBI continues to function as a police force dedicated to enforcing federal law by investigating crimes varying widely in nature, from insurance fraud to terrorism.


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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