David Firester, Ph.D., is the founder and CEO of TRAC Intelligence (Threat, Reporting, and Analysis Consultants), which is a premier threat analysis firm. TRAC Intelligence provides threat assessments to the private sector. He has a rich background in public and private policy, international security, national security, domestic security, counter terrorism, counterinsurgency, law enforcement, and domestic laws related to terrorism.

David recently completed a Ph.D. in Political Science, for which his dissertation is titled, “Evolutions in Suicide Bombing: Exploring the Relationship between the Tactic and Its Application by Non-State Armed Groups Across Various Conflict Zones Over Time.” He had earlier written an award-winning Master’s Thesis titled, “Failure to Adapt; Intelligence Failure and Military Failure as
Functions of Strategic Failure?
” He has taught courses at a variety of City University of New York (CUNY) universities; including John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Baruch College, Queens College, and Hunter College.

As a veteran and former Intelligence Analyst with the United States Army 3100th Strategic Intelligence Group (Defense Intelligence Agency), David has been involved at the tactical, operational and strategic levels of analysis. David has also served in the law enforcement community since 2004, and has worked for entities as diverse as the DHS-funded New Jersey Regional Operations and Intelligence Center (NJ ROIC), The Middle East Forum, and Madison Square Garden.

Some of David’s work has been featured on The Daily Wire, the Investigative Project on Terrorism, Lima Charlie News, The Jerusalem Post, The Times of Israel, The Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA), and Front Page Magazine.

David Firester’s Security Forum is a free, publicly available tool, which aims to summarize complexity and provide insight in areas as diverse as security, intelligence, politics and policy.

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