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

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John Guandolo is the Founder of Understanding the Threat (UTT), the only organization in America providing tools to leaders, police and citizens to identify and dismantle jihadi/terrorist networks in their local communities.

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.

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 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 terrorist organizations including Hamas, Al Qaeda, and others.

In 2006, Mr. Guandolo was designated a “Subject Matter Expert” by FBI Headquarters and created and implemented the FBI’s first Counterterrorism Training Program focused on the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic Doctrine, and the global Islamic Movement. 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 Jon Kyl and Joseph Lieberman on behalf of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C.

While in the FBI, Mr. Guandolo also received two (2) United States Attorney’s Awards for Investigative Excellence.

Mr. Guandolo served on the FBI’s Washington Field Office SWAT team for over nine years and as its Senior Team Leader for three of those years. He was a certified Undercover Agent, a Nationally Registered Paramedic, a First Aid Instructor, and served as an FBI “Advanced Capability Medic.”

His career included significant overseas travel to include many areas of Africa, Southwest Asia, Europe and elsewhere.

In 2008, Mr. Guandolo was recruited out of the FBI by the Department of Defense to conduct Strategic Analysis on the Global Islamic Movement.

Currently, Mr. Guandolo advises governments – U.S. and others – on matters related to National Security, specifically the threat from the Global Islamic Movement. He actively briefs and teaches members of Congress, senior military officials, police, the intelligence community, key community leaders, and others. Mr. Guandolo served as a guest lecturer at the Joint Forces Staff College and at the U.S. Army War College.

Mr. Guandolo is currently a Auxiliary Deputy Sheriff in Culpeper County, Virginia.

In 2014, Mr. Guandolo was inducted into the International Who’s Who for his work in the field of national security.

Mr. Guandolo is the co-author of Shariah: The Threat to America (2010) which identifies sharia as the enemy’s threat doctrine, the author of Raising a Jihadi Generation (September 2013) which details the Muslim Brotherhood’s jihadi network inside the United States, and the author of Islam’s Deception: The Truth About Sharia (2019) which details key points of Islam’s doctrine sharia.

Mr. Guandolo is a  Knight in the Sovereign Order of the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem, Ecumenical Order (Knights of Malta), and is a Claremont Institute Lincoln Fellow.

He is a member of the Veterans of Foreign War, the American Legion, and the Force Reconnaissance Association.

Mr. Guandolo frequently appears on television and radio, and regularly publishes articles related to these matters in a number of media outlets.

His website is www.UnderstandingtheThreat.com.

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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.