CEO - CNN CONTRIBUTOR - HOST OF THE EXPERTS - SIRIUS XM RADIO HOST
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 at AMTI as a Security Contractor for DHS, Gilliam created and taught the DHS Soft Target Awareness Training (STAT) course which became known as an effective yet controversial course that instructed soft target sectors how they could target themselves from an attacker's perspective, then flip their mental switch in order to plan defenses against those attacks. Many successful changes in awareness and security practices around the US occurred as a result of the STAT course. Gilliam also served as an assaulter on the DHS Site Assist Visit (SAV) teams made up of Special Forces Operators from all branches of the US Military, conducting threat assessments on soft targets nationwide.
From 2005-2013, Gilliam served with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a Special Agent in New York on Criminal and Counterterrorism squads. On the Criminal Division, Gilliam conducted 1000s of hours on surveillance, served as co-case and case agent, lead arrest teams and attended the NYPD Homicide Investigator course. As a Special Agent on the FBI's New York Joint Terrorism Task Force, Gilliam served as the Special Events Management Unit (SEMU) Coordinator. Gilliam was charged with developing threat assessments on targets in the New York area of operations while functioning as the on scene coordinator at high threat events and large scale incidents.
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’s background as a Navy SEAL, Federal Air Marshal, DHS advisor, and Special Agent with the FBI, speaks volumes and has provided a firm foundation for spot on analysis as he now serves in media as a network news law enforcement, national security and political analyst, Sirius XM radio host, and opinion writer with contributing articles published by IJ Review and The Daily Caller. With thousands of appearances analyzing major breaking news, Gilliam is the only analyst in today's media that possesses operational experience in military Special Forces combined with experience in multiple local and federal law enforcement agencies. Gilliam has served as a CNN contributor, and has appeared regularly on Fox News, NewsMax, One American News Network, MSNBC, CBS, ABC BBC, AP, Wall Street Journal Online and many other local networks.
Gilliam’s unique perspective and experienced insight spans from politics to terrorism, providing invaluable resources and information to the public as he continues his service in media and as an active Security Specialists, performing Crisis Management consulting as well as Threat Assessment and Personal Protection.
Host of The EXPERTS, broadcast live on Facebook and Twitter.
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:
A deep understanding of the political structure of Local, State, Federal Law Enforcement, Military Operations and Intelligence
A no nonsense analysis of political motivation
Domestic and International Terrorism
Navy SEAL and Department of Defense Operations
Military Special Operations
Joint Terrorism Task Force
Targeting and Analysis
Special Events Management and Security Planning
The War on Drugs
The breakdown of leadership at all levels of government
Able to speak the language of each particular areas listed above along with the public / private sectors in which they function