The Mission

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. UTT is the only organization in America which is training leaders, elected officials, law enforcement, military personnel, and citizens, about the Global Islamic Movement and the jihadi networks in communities around the nation.  UTT is also the only organization showing security professionals and state leaders how to locate and map out jihadi organizations, locate jihadis, and dismantle the network at the local and state level. While UTT briefs and teaches about many of the threats external and internal to the United States, its primary concern is the threats to the Republic and the West in general from the Global Islamic Movement.

About John Guandolo


John Guandolo is the Founder of, an organization dedicated to providing strategic and operational threat-focused consultation, education, and training for federal, state and local leadership and agencies, and designing strategies at all levels of the community to defeat the enemy.

Mr. Guandolo is a 1989 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy who 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, military free-fall parachutist, and a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School.

More about Mr. Guandolo here.

Mr. Guandolo’s experience on 911 here.

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Why We Fight

It is UTT’s perspective that America must know itself if we as Americans are to defend ourselves from hostile threats to our founding principles articulated in the Declaration of Independence and made effective in the Constitution.

The primary founding principle, as our Founders made clear, was that our rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness come from our Creator and, therefore, cannot be taken away by any man or government. With this liberty, human beings are free to make of this life as they choose so long as they live within the bounds of our ideals, principles, and our laws.

Our government was created to protect our rights. From this simple but powerful idea, flows the rule of law which declares that every life has value and dignity. Men and women in positions of authority are called to honor the ideals of the Declaration, and have a duty to obey the rule of law and the Constitution to which they affirm an oath. This necessarily requires our leaders to men and women of high moral character who put their fidelity to the Constitution and the ideals of the Declaration above everything else, no matter what their individual belief system might be.

When hostile forces come against these ideals, principles, and laws, it is our duty to fight against our enemies and maintain our nation for the sake of the liberty for future generations. No effort can be exerted which goes too far in defending what America represents. Even if it fails, at any time in history, to meet the ideals of the Declaration, America must remain a beacon of liberty and life for all the world to see, to give hope to all mankind.

This is why we must defend our way of life for America and the West. This is why we fight.