From humble beginnings to the Big City

Jonathan T. Gilliam grew up in the Ozarks mountains of north Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a BA double major in Political Science and Psychology with an emphasis on the Executive Branch of Government and World Religions. Gilliam began his career in service as a Police Officer just outside of Little Rock, Arkansas before he received his commission in the United States Navy at Officer Candidate School (OCS), Pensacola, Florida. After graduating OCS, Gilliam attended Basic Underwater Demolition / SEAL (BUD/S) training in Coronado, California and graduated BUD/S Class 218, subsequently serving in the Special Operations Community in the US and overseas in the late 1990s and early 2000s as a Navy SEAL Officer. During his military service, Gilliam graduated from US Army RANGER School before being forward deployed as Officer in Charge (OIC) of several Joint Chiefs of Staff directed Joint Combined Exchange for training (JCET) missions, Foreign Internal Defense (FID) missions, and Counter-Narcotics missions in Central and South America.

In 2002, Gilliam stepped out of military service and directly into federal law enforcement where he served in an undercover role as a Federal Air Marshal. On September 11, 2002 amongst threats and whispers of anniversary attacks from the Islamic Jihadist group Al Qaeda, Gilliam was flying. Later that year, Gilliam continued his service as a Security Contractor for the US Department of Homeland Security with the highly respected company AMTI where Gilliam was responsible for researching, developing, and delivering terrorism-related analysis for soft targets within the US. While working as a Security Contractor Gilliam also provided valuable assistance to DHS, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO), and other agencies supporting the protection of all sectors of the infrastructure/key resources as defined by Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7 and Presidential Policy Directives.

During his time in the New York Office of the FBI, Gilliam was one of the first agents on scene for the failed Times Square terrorist attack carried out by Faisal Shahzad where he coordinated the responding Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) assets, and assisted in the initial investigation. Gilliam was also the first agent on scene for two aircraft crashes including US Airways Flight 1549 emergency water landing in the Hudson River on January 15, 2009. Gilliam and NYPD LT Sean Conner (Ret) pulled the first two passengers from the frigid Hudson River, confirming the incident was not a terrorist attack, and located and isolated the Captain and crew. One of Gilliam's proudest moments in the FBI was being able to tell Captain Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles, that all 155 passengers were alive and accounted for.


Gilliam is the author of Sheep No More: The Art of Awareness and Attack Survival, which he wrote to help empower people by giving them the tools to target their own lives from an attackers point of view. Utilizing the attackers mindset, Gilliam hopes that people will become aware of who, why, where, when, and how they could be attacked so they can flip the switch and avoid attacks all together or mitigate the circumstances if they cannot avoid them.

Media Experience

Host of The EXPERTS, broadcast live on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Sirius XM Radio Host and fill in for Sean Hannity Radio Show as well as Sirius XM’s David Webb show and Andrew Wilkow show (over 17 million regular listeners combined.) Network news media contributor, appearing on CNN, Fox News, NewsMax, One American News Network, MSNBC, CBS, ABC BBC, AP, Wall Street Journal Online and several local Fox networks including Fox 5 New York and Fox 25 Boston

Areas of Analysis Include:

Able to speak the language of each particular areas listed below along with the public / private sectors in which they function

  • A deep understanding of the political structure of Local, State, Federal Law
  • Domestic and International Terrorism
  • FBI Operations
  • Enforcement, Military Operations and Intelligence
  • World Religions
  • Islamic Fundamentalism
  • Threat Mitigation
  • Unconventional Warfare
  • Military Special Operations
  • Joint Terrorism Task Force
  • A no nonsense analysis of political motivation
  • Targeting and Analysis
  • Crisis Management
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Surveillance
  • Intelligence Gathering
  • Navy SEAL and Department of Defense Operations
  • Special Events Management and Security Planning
  • Veterans Affairs
  • Criminal Maneuvering
  • The War on Drugs
  • The breakdown of leadership at all levels of government
  • Government Contracting

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