Malcolm W. Nance
Executive Director, TAPSTRI
Malcolm Nance is a counter- terrorism and intelligence consultant for the U.S. government’s Special Operations, Homeland Security and Intelligence agencies. He’s also a counter-terrorism analyst for NBC News.
Over 34 years, Nance participated in field
and combat intelligence activity including
experience as an Arabic-speaking special
intelligence collections operator, field
interrogator as well as providing both covert
and clandestine anti & counter-terrorism
support to national intelligence agencies and
assets. A former Navy intelligence operator, he
deployed on numerous clandestine anti-
terrorism and counter-terrorism intelligence,
special reconnaissance operations in the
Balkans, Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa in
direct support or seconded to the principle agencies of the Special Operations and Intelligence Community on land, ship and submarine. He has eye witnessed numerous terrorist incidents and/or participated in response operations from the American Embassy and US Marine Barracks bombing in Beirut, Lebanon; the TWA 847 hijacking; the Achille Lauro Marjacking, the Libyan Air Raid, combat operations against the Iranian Navy, the first Gulf War, the War in the Balkans, the millennium bomb plot, the attack on the USS Cole, the September 11th attacks, the Libyan revolution and served as an intelligence contractor and advisor in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He served his last four years in the US Navy as a master training specialist and instructor at the US Navy Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) School in Coronado, California. He led resistance to interrogation teams including leading and supervising over 700 waterboardings. He conceptualized, implemented the Advanced Terrorism, Abduction and Hostage Survival school (ATAHS) in resisting torture, exploitation and escaping terrorist captivity from 1997-2001. At ATAHS he created and led the terrorism training team formed to simulate the Al Qaeda organization and its attacks for Tier-1 National Mission Units and select members of the US Intelligence community in the pre-9/11 era.
He assisted in the investigation of the World Trade Center attacks. Post 9/11 he provided support to the special operations and Intelligence community in analysis of Al Qaeda and global Jihadi tactics, techniques and procedures. He has trained and advised numerous international and government agency personnel in terrorist tactics and countering extremist ideology including the US Department of Defense and US Department of Homeland Security.
Abroad he has served as an intelligence contractor in Afghanistan, Libya, and in Iraq as a security director for the Iraq Economic Redevelopment Program at the Republican palace under the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad as well as the acting security director for the United Nations inter-NGO security committee for Iraq. For ten years he was the president and chief expatriate advisor of the UAE-based Fearless Security Group including Fearless Arabia, Fearless Iraq and Fearless North African Resources a private security contractor consortium that trains and leads local security forces in Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Gulf States.
Malcolm is author of several books including The Terrorist Recognition Handbook: A Practitioner’s Manual on Predicting and Identifying Terrorist Activity, the Terrorists of Iraq: Inside the Strategy and Tactics of the Iraq Insurgency 2003-2014 and An End to al-Qaeda: Destroying Bin Laden’s Jihad, Restoring America’s Honor. His 2016 books are: Defeating ISIS: Who They Are, How They Fight and What They Believe and the recently released: The Plot to Hack America: How Putin’s Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election.
A recognized expert on the dynamic of terrorism in geopolitics he has taught at the Defense Intelligence Agency, Macquarie University (Australia), Victoria University (NZ). He is a member of the Board of Advisors at the International Spy Museum in Washington DC.
Nance is a graduate of New York Excelsior University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Arabic.
He lives and studies between Hudson NY, and Philadelphia, Pa.