Lt Colonel Oliver North
Oliver North is a combat decorated U.S. Marine, a #1 best-selling author, the founder of a small business, an inventor with three U.S. patents, a syndicated columnist, and the host of “War Stories” on Fox News Channel. Assigned to the National Security Council staff in the Reagan administration, LtCol North was the United States government’s counter-terrorism coordinator from 1983-1986. He was involved in planning the rescue of 804 medical students on the island of Grenada and played a major role in the daring capture of the terrorists who hijacked the cruise ship Achille Lauro. After helping plan the U.S. raid on Muammar Qaddafi’s terror bases in Libya, North was targeted for assassination by Abu Nidal, the infamous terrorist killed in Baghdad in August, 2002. President Ronald Reagan described North as “an American hero.”
Colonel David Hunt
Colonel David Hunt has over 29 years of military experience, including extensive operational experience in Special Operations, Counter Terrorism and Intelligence Operations. Most recently, Colonel Hunt served as Tactical Advisor in Bosnia where he facilitated all national intelligence matters for the Commander in Chief, as well as coordinating a program for the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency in 1997. David Hunt has lectured for the Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, and several other high profile agencies, as well as state and local police officials. Bill O'Reilly of the "O'Reilly Factor" called David Hunt the "Best Military Analyst in the Business" and Fox's "Go to Guy on the War.”
Clint Van Zandt
Clint Van Zandt was with the FBI for 25 years where he served as a Supervisor with the FBI's internationally respected Behavioral Science or "Silence of the Lambs" Unit. He was also the FBI's Chief Hostage Negotiator and managed the FBI's Major Case/Crisis Management Program. Prior to this he was an Agent with U.S. Army Intelligence and is a Vietnam War veteran. He has been the primary hostage negotiator for numerous national and international kidnap and hostage situations and he has testified before the U.S. Senate.
He managed both the FBI's Crisis Management and Major Case Management Programs and has assisted companies across the U.S. and around the globe with their Crisis Management and Violence in the Workplace Programs and regularly consults on these and other matters with such companies.
As an FBI Profiler and Hostage Negotiator, he personally negotiated with Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh in Waco, Texas and he has conducted negotiations that have brought about the release of hostages held by prison rioters, and kidnap victims held by both South American guerrillas and terrorists in the Philippines.
Brett Gillin is a journalist and fiction writer based in South Florida. Many of his friends and family members have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, as Police Officers, and first responders. Gillin is currently working on several screenplays, and his writings have been published in numerous national and international publications and websites.
Stephen has been a freelance writer since May 2012, before which he enjoyed an illustrious law enforcement career. Stephen’s pinnacle was attaining Florida’s “Police Officer of the Year” before his police career wound to a conclusion. Hampered by a 26-year-long recurrent history of cancer, Stephen’s police career was shortened. Before his swearing-in ceremony –a momentous occasion to don a new hat– Stephen was a graphic designer, editor, production manager, illustrator and art director at a NYC publishing firm. A single dad, Stephen proudly boasts of his four precious children –three girls, one boy– for whom he maintains a fountain of love and deep devotion.
Dave Statter owns STATter911 Communications, LLC in Falls Church, Virginia. Dave consults with public safety agencies and other organizations on strategies to deal with the instant communications environment of our digital world. STATter911 Communications specializes in reputation management and crisis communications using traditional and social media. In addition, STATter911 has an Emmy award winning team producing videos for the fire service and other clients. Since 2007 Dave has published the fire service website STATter911.com. Dave spent 38 years as a broadcast journalist and is a former volunteer firefighter, emergency dispatcher and cardiac rescue technician.
Ann Rowland is a former paralegal and non-profit volunteer coordinator who comes to TheBright.com with a wide variety of interests and the research and writing skills to bring stories about the military, fire and police communities to life. Ann researches and writes the day’s top stories and feature articles that will interest, impact, entertain and inspire those who visit TheBright.com. Ann lives in Naperville, Il.
John Morse currently works as a Fire Lieutenant and has over 30 year in the Fire Service. Firefighting has been in his family for three generations.