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Tracy Walder

Former CIA officer/Former FBI Special Agent. Adjunct professor of Criminal Justice and Global Terrorism.

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Tracy worked as a Staff Operations Officer in the Central Intelligence Agency's Counterterrorism Center before, during and after September 11th 2001, and as Special Agent at the FBI. During her time at the CIA, Tracy lived in and travelled to countries in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe as well as served in war zones. She was detailed to the CTC’s Weapons of Mass Destruction group as well as to a still-classified program. Tracy received many awards for her service from both the CIA and from foreign intelligence offices, to include the counterterrorism medal and multiple exceptional performance awards. After the CIA, Tracy became a Special Agent at the FBI's Los Angeles Field Office, Santa Ana Resident Agent, specializing in Chinese counterintelligence operations, specifically the Tai and Chi Mak case, profiled on CNN and in the New Yorker. Her expertise lies in terrorism, both foreign and domestic, counterintelligence (specifically Chinese operations), biological and chemical weapons, and drones

Following her time at the CIA and FBI, Tracy created course on national security and foreign policy for young women. Tracy now works as an adjunct professor of Criminal Justice and Domestic Terrorism at Texas Christian University, and teacher of Modern Middle Eastern History at Ursuline Academy, and sits on the Board of Directors of Girl Security, a nonpartisan non-profit organization increasing the representation of women in national security through education. She also sits on the board of Chapman University’s Atallah College of Education, and the Highland Park Education Foundation. She has appeared on CBS, NPR, Good Morning America, Fox and Friends, BBC, Al- Jazeera, Good Morning Texas, D Magazine, and other national broadcasts. Her book, “The Unexpected Spy”, has been translated into four languages and was a digital book best seller.

"Terrorism, before, during and after 9/11"
"Understanding Chinese Counterintelligence"
"Understanding American Domestic Terrorism"

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