A Three-Day Training Course on the Islamic Jihadi Threat

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As head of UnderstandingTheThreat.com, John Guandolo leads a consulting firm that focuses on the threat posed by terrorist groups associated with Islam. John Guandolo and his firm offer a full range of training programs, with clients ranging from law enforcement organizations to citizens’ groups.

The three-day “Understanding and Investigating the Jihadi Movement” course is designed to meet the needs of professionals spanning the military, intelligence, and law enforcement spheres. Fact-based analysis begins with a historical background on the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) within the United States and includes a survey of MB doctrine and methods.

The second day of training brings focus on doctrinal sharia as it is employed for operational aims that fundamentally alter the nature of the threat faced by law enforcement agencies. An emphasis is on providing a thorough understanding of the current applications of Islamic law, which enables the formulation of effective predictive analysis.

The course also encompasses practical training on investigative techniques that can be used in the identification of jihadi elements in local communities and accurately assessing threats before they turn to tragedy.


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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