Richard A. Clarke completed a thirty year (1973-2003) career in national security, during which he worked in the Pentagon, the Intelligence Community, the State Department, and the White House. He held the positions of National Coordinator for Security and Counter-terrorism, Special Assistant to the President for Global Affairs, Special Advisor to the President for Cyber Security, Assistant Secretary of State for Politico-Military Affairs, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence. He worked in the White House National Security Council for presidents Bush (41), Clinton, and Bush (43) for an unprecedented ten consecutive years. In 2013, he served on President Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence.
After leaving full time government service, Clarke wrote six books, both fiction and non-fiction, including the nationwide number one best seller, taught for five years at Harvard’s Kennedy School, has been on on air consultant for ABC News for a decade, created and manages a cyber security and venture capital related consulting firm, serves on corporate boards, and is Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Middle East Institute.