Throughout his life, counterterrorism expert and former federal agent John Guandolo has maintained involvement in a vast array of educational, professional, charitable, and personal endeavors, striving for success in each of his pursuits. Following receipt of his B.S. in Engineering from the United States Naval Academy, John Guandolo received commission as an officer and embarked on a seven-year career in the United States Marine Corps. During his time in the military, John Guandolo served as Infantry Platoon Commander in the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines (Persian Gulf War) and Assistant Operations Officer, Platoon Commander, and Airborne and Diving Officer in the 2nd Force Reconnaissance Company. Resigning his commission in the Marine Corps in 1996, John Guandolo began a lengthy period as an Agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He held a number of roles in the FBI’s Washington Field Office, including SWAT Team Leader and Subject Matter Expert (SME) in the Counterterrorism Division (CTD). Owing to his outstanding performance and service to the Bureau, John Guandolo received two commendations for Investigative Excellence from the United States Attorneys’ Office and a Defender of the Homeland Award from the Center for Security Policy. Today, John Guandolo collaborates on a wide variety of educational, training, and consulting objectives through Strategic Engagement Group, Inc., where he works as Vice President of Strategic Planning and Execution. Among his recent achievements, John Guandolo contributed research and writing to the 2010 book Shariah: The Threat to America: An Exercise In Competitive Analysis (Report of Team B II), published by the Center for Security Policy.
Dedicated to giving back to the community, John Guandolo has volunteered his time, energy, and resources to a broad range of charitable and civic organizations. Over the years, John Guandolo has given to the United States Marine Corps Force Recon Association, the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta, the Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion, The American National Red Cross, and National Multiple Sclerosis Society. In his free time, John Guandolo enjoys all manner of recreational activities; in particular, he runs, hikes, goes camping, and participates in triathlons whenever possible. An avid musician as well, John Guandolo plays guitar and sings in his band, Blue Daze. John Guandolo lives and works in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.