Understanding the Threat provides threat-focused strategic and operational consultation, training, and education for federal, state, and local leadership and agencies in government, the private sector, and for private citizens.
One of our primary focus areas is the Muslim Brotherhood’s (MB) highly successful denial and deception operation in America which seeks to prevent access to accurate information about it's strategy and true political agenda, and simultaneously convince national, state, and local leaders and agencies to believe false information regarding it's motives and ultimate objective. Due in part to the failure of our leaders to abide by ancient Chinese General Sun Tsu's first maxim of victory in warfare, "know the enemy and know yourself," dereliction by the mainstream media establishment, and Americans' predilection to superimpose a Western understanding of "religion" on Islam, it can safely be said that the MB have achieved information superiority in their effort to overthrow the United States of America and reduce the American people under the tyranny of Islamic Law (a.k.a. 'The Sharia').
The Muslim Brotherhood's strategy and goals were clearly laid out in a May 19, 1991 “Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Brotherhood in North America” written by Mohamed Akram (a.k.a. Mohamed Adlouni) for the Shura Council of the MB. In the introduction, Akram referred to a “long term plan” that was “approved and adopted” by the Council in 1987, and proposed that his 1991 memorandum supplement that plan. The memorandum’s distribution list included all of the MB organizations in North America, a list that has grown significantly since that time. The following excerpt from Akram’s memorandum encapsulates the MB’s strategy for “settlement” of North America:
"The process of settlement is a "Civilization-Jihadist Process" with all the word means. The Ikhwan [English: brothers] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and "sabotaging" its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God's religion is made victorious over all other religions."
At Understanding the Threat we examine the history, writings, and implementation of the MB's strategic plan to overthrow America, and the impact of that plan at a local level on the security of every American. In addition to providing average Americans with knowledge and practical tools to combat the Muslim Brotherhood's agenda, we train and equip professionals in law enforcement, intelligence, and the military, helping them to understand that the Muslim Brotherhood in America supports, facilitates, and prepares the ground for jihadi operations both at home and abroad. In this way, we provide security and intelligence professionals with a factual basis for approaching and addressing this enemy.
Former FBI Special Agent and counterterrorism expert John Guandolo is the Founder of Understanding the Threat, an organization dedicated to providing threat-focused strategic and operational consultation, education, and training for federal, state and local leadership and agencies.
Mr. Guandolo is a 1989 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and took a commission as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps. He served with 2d Battalion 2d Marines as an Infantry Platoon Commander in combat Operations Desert Shield/Storm. From 1991–1996, he served in 2d Force Reconnaissance Company as a Platoon Commander, Assistant Operations Officer, and the unit’s Airborne and Diving Officer. During this time, he also deployed to the Adriatic/Bosnia. He served for one year as the Unit Leader for the CINC’s In–Extremis Force, directly reporting to a Combatant Commander in a classified mission profile. Mr. Guandolo was a combat diver, a military freefall parachutist, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School.
In 1996, Mr. Guandolo resigned his commission in the Marine Corps and joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), serving at the Washington Field Office. From 1996–2000, he primarily conducted narcotics investigations domestically and overseas. In 2001, he served for one year as the FBI Liaison to the U.S. Capitol Police investigating threats on the President, Vice President, Members of Congress and other high–level government officials. Shortly after 9/11, Mr. Guandolo began an assignment to the Counterterrorism Division of the FBI’s Washington Field Office developing an expertise in the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic Doctrine, the global Islamic Movement, and a myriad of terrorist organizations to include Hamas, Al Qaeda, and others.
In 2006, Mr. Guandolo created and implemented the FBI’s first Counterterrorism Training/Education Program focusing on the Muslim Brotherhood and their subversive movement in the United States, Islamic Doctrine, and the global Islamic Movement. He was designated a “Subject Matter Expert” by FBI Headquarters. This course was hailed as “groundbreaking” by the FBI’s Executive Assistant Director in a brief to the Vice President’s National Security Staff. For his efforts, in 2007 Mr. Guandolo was presented the “Defender of the Homeland” Award, by U.S. Senators John Kyl and Joseph Lieberman, on behalf of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. While at the FBI, Mr. Guandolo received two (2) United States Attorney’s Awards for Investigative Excellence.