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Dr. Phillip D Wright Bio

LTC (R) Phillip D. Wright was a career Army Military Intelligence officer with 23 years of service. He served in a variety of intelligence positions at all levels of the Army. From July 1999 to July 2003, he was the Chief of the Army’s Antiterrorism Operations Intelligence Cell (ATOIC) at the Pentagon. In this capacity he was responsible for providing terrorism early warning to the Army and serving as a terrorist threat expert for the Army’s senior leadership. He participated in Army actions during the Millennium event in 1999, the USS Cole incident, and 11 September 2001 and the subsequent Global War on Terrorism. Mr. Wright also promulgated antiterrorism policy for commanders in the field to implement anti-terrorism protective measures.

Mr. Wright dealt with terrorism issues throughout his career. This included becoming a subject matter expert on terrorist organizations while serving as an intelligence officer in Germany in the early 1980s and as the Chief of the Middle East/Africa Desk at the Army’s European headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany in the early 1990s. He participated in Operation Provide Comfort in Turkey and Iraq in 1991. In the late 1990s, LTC Wright assisted the American community in Wiesbaden, Germany in planning and implementing antiterrorism measures during the war in Kosovo.

After retiring from the Army, he became a national security consultant. He supported the FBI’s Directorate of Intelligence 2004-2005 as an intelligence analyst. While at the FBI, he supported assessments in transnational crime and authored a study of FBI intelligence products.

Currently, Mr. Wright supports the Training, Education and Professional Development Branch of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis in the Department of Homeland Security in Washington DC. He develops training programs for Department intelligence analysts and in support of law enforcement agencies.

Mr. Wright is a graduate of Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania where he earned a BA in History. He received his commission through the school’s ROTC program. He received a Masters in Military History while attending the Army’s Command and General Staff College. While on active duty, he attended a number of intelligence schools covering specialized areas such as terrorism analysis and intelligence operations.