Bob Howard is a retired United States Marine and intelligence professional. He has a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Norwich University. He also has Bachelor of the Arts in Intelligence Studies concentration in Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict, a minor in International Relations and a Certificate in Terrorism Studies from American Military University. His 30-years intelligence and operations support experiences derive from supporting global expeditionary, crisis response and select communities within the Department of Defense. He continues supporting the Department of Defense in Washington DC. The observations and comments in this piece are his own.