Harry "Skip" Brandon
|Harry B. Brandon|
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Harry B. "Skip" Brandon founded Smith Brandon International, Inc. with Gene M. Smith in 1996. Smith Brandon International is a boutique corporate investigations and risk consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. Brandon is currently COO of the company. He is also a former deputy assistant director of national security and counterterrorism for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He retired from the FBI in 1993 after 23 years.
Early Life and Education
Brandon is a native of Kansas. He graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1964 with a B.A. in History. Following graduation, Brandon entered the United States Navy, where he served as a Commissioned Officer for six years, including a tour of duty in Vietnam as a Navy lieutenant.
With the FBI
Brandon was appointed Special Agent of the FBI in 1970, assigned first to Norfolk, Virginia and then to Hartford, Connecticut. In 1975 he was transferred to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he specialized in Cuban espionage.
In 1977 Brandon returned to Washington, D.C. to serve in the Intelligence Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. After five years there, he moved to the Madison, Wisconsin Resident Agency to serve as Supervisory Special Agent until 1984.
Following a year at the National War College, he returned to Puerto Rico as Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the San Juan Division and later became the Special Agent in Charge. In 1990, Brandon was reassigned to FBI Headquarters as Deputy Assistant Director of the Intelligence Division, a role he would keep until leaving the Bureau in 1993.
In 1996 Brandon founded Smith Brandon International with former CIA agent Gene M. Smith. The firm specializes in business intelligence, risk assessment and litigation support. Brandon is currently COO of the company.
In 1996, on one of his first assignments, Brandon traveled to Mindanao, an island of the Philippines, to negotiate a deal for his client, a North American mining company, with a rebel guerrilla group. The client had come into conflict with the group, threatening its future operations. Brandon's meetings with the rebels were successful at securing his client's interests; the story, involving face-to-face descriptions of his meetings with the rebels armed with machine guns in remote parts of the jungle, was picked up by various news sources.
Brandon is fluent in Spanish.
He has appeared on various television and radio news programs, such as ABC News and NPR, to discuss counterterrorism and has contributed to various industry periodicals, such as the Harvard Business Review and The Economist.
- NPR audio interview with Brandon
- C-SPAN Biographical History for Brandon
- Smith Brandon International Official Website
- "Frequently Asked Questions". Smith Brandon International. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
- Brandon, Harry; Smith, Gene M. (March–April 1998). "Coping with Disaster: You Need a Plan". MiningVoice. 4 (2): 23–27.
- Brandon, Harry; Smith, Gene M. (March 1999). "Expert Advisor: Expect the Unexpected—Terrorism in Today's World". Crime Victims Litigation. The National Center of Victims of Crime. 6 (1): 10–11.
- Brandon, Harry (August 17, 2005). Talk of the Nation. Interview with Neil Conan. National Public Radio. WBUR. Boston, Massachusetts. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
- The Future of U.S. Antiterrorism Policy: Hearings and Markup of H. Res. 118, To Condemn the Release by the Government of Malta of Convicted Terrorist Mohammed Ali Rezaq, before the Subcommittee on International Security, International Organizations, and Human Rights of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office. 1993. p. 277. ISBN 0-16-043305-3.
- "Busy Phis". The Scroll of Phi Delta Theta. Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. 108 (5): 133. 1985. Retrieved February 27, 2013.
- Ripley, Amanda (July 31, 1998). "Rent-a-Spook". Washington City Paper. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
- Stein, Jeff (February 7, 2011). "Our Man in Havana". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 27, 2013.
- Stein, Jeff (March 1997). "Risky Business". Impact 21: 22–25.
- Finder, Joseph (2007). "The CEO's Private Investigation". Harvard Business Review. Harvard Business Publishing. 85 (10): 54. Retrieved February 16, 2013.
- Whitefield, Mimi (April 20, 1998). "Risk Analysts Cut a Path for Latin American Investors". The Miami Herald.
- Stein, Jeff (November 20, 1996). "The Dogs of Peace". Salon. Retrieved February 26, 2013.
- Thomas, Pierre (July 28, 2006). "Some Experts Fear Hezbollah Attack in United States". Retrieved February 26, 2013.
- Brandon, Harry (August 16, 2004). Can FBI & CIA Work Together?. Interview with Soledad O’Brien. CNN. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
- "Chief fiction officer". The Economist. August 23, 2007. Retrieved February 26, 2013.
- Leshan, Bruce (September 11, 2012). "On 11th Anniversary Of 9/11, Are We Safer?". Retrieved February 26, 2013.