In addition to journalism, I am also an in-demand expert on U.S. terrorism policy, the war in Afghanistan, and intelligence issues. I regularly consult with organizations internationally on strategic planning, national security policy issues, and counterterrorism.
I am a regular presence on MSNBC, the BBC World News, international public radio, and Al Jazeera English, as well as Fox News and PBS Need to Know. I’m also highly quoted by journalists looking .
I was recently interviewed for Mafraj Radio, hosted by the Yemen Peace Project. You can find that interview at their podcast here.
Putting together a panel about foreign policy, counterterrorism, national security, or intelligence? Here are five reasons you want to hire me to come speak:
Your audience will swell.
Time after time, organizations report higher-than-usual audience attendance when I appear to give a speech or to participate on a discussion panel.
I am provocative, yet fair. Opinionated, yet neutral.
I’m not fond of suffering fools, but I also don’t believe in needlessly kicking them while they’re down. I’ve worked inside and outside the government and become frustrated enough with both to believe both sides deserve a fair shake while we’re trying to figure out what the hell is going on.
I’ve worked inside and outside the government, alternatively as a database developer, intelligence analyst, journalist, and manager. In short, I know what I’m talking about, and my examples and perspective are fresh.
The next generation of writers matter.
I’m not part of the old school in Washington. In fact, many in the staid hallways of DC are made uncomfortable by people like me: I know how the system works so I cannot be summarily dismissed, yet I am not beholden to it so the constraints against discussing it don’t shut me up.
I’m professional and media-friendly.
I’ve spent years appearing on camera and on radio, which means you’re guaranteed a lively, engaging experience. I’m known for thinking quickly on my feet, especially to challenging questions.
Interested in hiring me? You know what to do.