Fred Burton
Intelligence and Counterterrorism Expert, Former State Department Official

Fred Burton is Vice President of Intelligence and Counterterrorism at Stratfor, the largest global private intelligence company and is “one of the world’s foremost experts on security, terrorists and terrorist organizations.”


The former State Department Counter Terrorism deputy chief, Burton was the Special Agent who orchestrated the arrest of Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind of the first World Trade Center bombing. He also conducted the debriefings of the U.S. hostages held in Lebanon; investigated the plane crash which killed President Zia of Pakistan, the U.S. Ambassador, and U.S. Army General; was instrumental in the development of the State Department’s Rewards for Justice Program to target terrorists like Ramzi Yousef and Osama Bin Laden; investigated the assassination of Israeli President Rabin; the killing of Rabbi Meir Kahane; the al-Qaeda New York City bombing plots; the Libyan backed terrorist attacks on Diplomats in Sanaa and Khartoum; and countless other terrorist attacks and threats around-the-globe.


Burton also worked as a police officer in Montgomery County, Maryland and for the U.S. Secret Service.  In 2008, he was appointed to the Texas Border Security Council by Governor Rick Perry and also served as the Assistant-Director of Intelligence and Counterterrorism for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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Under FireThe Untold Story of the Attack in Benghazi
St. Martin's Press

More than just the minute-by-minute narrative of a desperate last stand in the midst of an anarchic rebellion, Under Fire is an inspiring testament to the bravery and selflessness of the men and women who put their country first while serving in one of the most dangerous regions in the world.

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Chasing ShadowsA Special Agent's Lifelong Hunt to bring A Cold War Assassin to Justice
Palgrave Macmillan

Here, in Chasing Shadows, Burton spins a gripping tale of the secret agents, double dealings, terrorists and heroes he encounters he chases leads around the globe in an effort to solve this decades-old murder. From swirling dogfights over Egypt and Hanoi to gun battles on the streets of Beirut, this action-packed thriller looks in the dark heart of the Cold War to show power is uses, misused, and sold to the most convenient bidder.

International Business OrganizationSubsidiary Management, Entry Strategies and Emerging Markets
Palgrave Macmillan

Part of the challenge of international business is to make sense of complex, changing and multifaceted phenomena. International Business covers both the economic and managerial aspects of the subject, including international economics and world trade, the International Monetary System, theory of the MNE and the cultural, organizational and operational issues needed to demonstrate how management works in the global economy.

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