Few challenges command more media attention than the threat of terrorism. To help us understand those relevant issues the United Nations Discussion Group invited a leading expert to explain this phenomenon from a global perspective.
Mr. Ed Coyle was the Foreign Counterintelligence Representative to the Supreme Allied Command Atlantic (SACLANT/NATO). He led a 50-member team in charge of debriefing the crew of an EP-3 aircraft downed by a Chinese fighter aircraft and forced to land on Hanan Island in the People's Republic of China. Because of his expertise on al Qaida and Osama bin Laden, Mr. Coyle was appointed an inaugural member of the Jacksonville Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Florida Regional Domestic Security Task Force following the 9/11 attacks. He was then involved in security operations at Guantanamo Bay before being promoted and transferred to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Headquarters where he was the Division Chief for the Combatting Terrorism Directorate. There he oversaw over 50 global terrorism operations and investigations. Mr. Coyle is a student of Geopolitics. He studies and continues research on terrorism and foreign intelligence threats to the citizens of the United States.
Mr. Coyle is the recipient of two Department of the Navy Superior Civilian Service Awards and four US Navy Commendations. He was twice nominated as Special Agent of the Year for NCIS, was the 1996 Virginia Homicide Investigator of the Year, and was awarded the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Investigative Excellence Award. Mr. Coyle received commendations from the Director of the FBI and the Director of the US Secret Service. He was awarded the Bosnian War Service Medal, the Cold War Counterintelligence Medal and the Global War on Terror Medal.
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