Patrick Burke, a U.S. Air Force veteran, spent two years reporting on gang violence mainly in Chicago, but also Baltimore and the Philippines. He has written for War is Boring, Aljazeera English, Huffington Post, and War on the Rocks. He currently works as an analyst at a non-profit in Chicago mediating gang wars. He has strong access to the most violent gangs in Chicago and has several sources in the elite counter-gang unit within the Chicago Police Department. He has a M.A. from the University of Chicago, was advised by Prof. Paul Staniland (a top COIN expert) and worked as a researcher at the Chicago Project for Security and Terrorism.