All posts by Kerry Patton

Kerry Patton is an internationally recognized security, terrorism, and intelligence professional. He has taught domestic and international organizations in counter-terrorism, intelligence, and physical security related issues. He has briefed some of the highest government officials ranging from ambassadors to members of Congress and Pentagon staff. He is author of the book Contracted: America's Secret Warriors and Contracted II: America's Terror Trackers, and Going Rogue: The Compilation.

Putting Emotions In Check Over The Current Fiasco In Iraq

Thousands of Americans died while fighting in Iraq. Many more have been severely wounded. A lot of service members, past and present, are infuriated knowing how much was given to the Iraqi people just to see the nation crumble into chaos. Maybe instead of being infuriated, we should look at Iraq’s current quagmire differently—almost in … Continue reading Putting Emotions In Check Over The Current Fiasco In Iraq

Philosophy of War Series: A Case Study of Don Ayala

In the small town of Chehel Gazi, a military unit was on a hearts and mind mission. With the unit were two members of the Human Terrain Team—Paula Loyd and Don Ayala. Initially, all was going well, but soon enough, disaster would strike. Paula Loyd, an American anthropologist, began questioning Abdul Salam about fuel prices. … Continue reading Philosophy of War Series: A Case Study of Don Ayala

The Sense of Ultimate Betrayal Among Our Warriors

So many countless hours, days, weeks, months, and years  of sweating, bleeding and fighting in far off distant lands. And for what? To save our country from invaders? To put a damper on Al Qaeda, Muslim Brotherhood, Iranian or Russian initiatives? All in the name of the promotion of democracy or freedom? Over the course … Continue reading The Sense of Ultimate Betrayal Among Our Warriors

Warrior of the Week: Lt. Col (Ret.) Gordon Cucullu

Imagine being forced out of Vietnam after spending several tours there with the prestigious Military Assistance Command, Vietnam-Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG). For many, Vietnam wasn’t what Hollywood has portrayed. Yes, some military members loved being in country, or shall I say nearing countries, doing the job. Lt. Col (Ret.) Gordon Cucullu was one of … Continue reading Warrior of the Week: Lt. Col (Ret.) Gordon Cucullu

How SOF got Screwed by the Conventional Force–A Lesson from Jim Gant

For years, I have known how bad conventional military leadership ruined any hope for Afghanistan. During the initial invasion, our special operations force did an exceptional job in removing the Taliban from power and forcing Al Qaeda’s Afghanistan base to shatter like a broken vase. But in time, to be more precise, within approximately one … Continue reading How SOF got Screwed by the Conventional Force–A Lesson from Jim Gant