Short Version to Puff His Ego
Living in one of the safest towns in America, J.T. Patten's story lines are anything but safe. An Amazon #1 best seller across over eight categories in Horror, Thriller, and Suspense, his dark fiction novels and novellas have received MUST READ praise and five-star ratings from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, BookList, Reedsy, and more.
He is an active member of the Horror Writers Association, International Thriller Writers, and Nashville Song Writers Association. His initial best-selling works have gained acclaim for their "blacker than black" brooding narrative that illuminate the blurred lines in life and twist traditional tropes on their head. A former intelligence professional and special mission advisor, he has seen the best and worst of humanity; an inescapable reality of light, darkness, and all things grey that find their way to his pages.
He has a degree in Foreign Language, a Masters in Strategic Intelligence, graduate studies in Counter Terrorism from the University of St. Andrews.
Longer, Who is this Freak Background
Prior to becoming an author, "J.T. Patten" worked for the government intelligence and military special operations community. He was a subject matter authority on Iran and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Qods Force, Irregular and Unconventional Warfare strategies in counterterrorism, intelligence collection, and social network disruption. Primary funtions included supporting operational elements of the IC; analytical and mission support and instructor to SOCOM J2, 2X, 25, 35, 3X, JSOC, DIA; concept design for TSWG; advisor and trainer to United States Army Special Operations Command G-3X, Sensitive Activities Division; and various TSOCs.
He has a degree in Foreign Languages from Illinois State University, a Masters in Strategic intelligence from the American Military University, post-graduate degree in Counter Terrorism from the University of St Andrews Center for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV), and many accredited certifications in intelligence analysis, cyber forensics and counterintelligence, mobile device tracing, and financial crime investigations.
He currently works a a Fortune 500 cybersecurity consulting practice leader, and is venturing into more dark story works.
Member: Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) Association of Old Crows (AOC) International Thriller Writers (ITW), Horror Writers Association (HWA)
Additional publications under true name, Scott Swanson or JT Patten, and bunch of other crap people ask for:
Published Military Articles:
Homeland Security Digital Library. Special Operations Compendium 2010, Compiled by Bibliography Branch Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center Maxwell AFB, AL, the works of Scott Swanson, file:///Users/swansonhome/Downloads/22152.pdf
Grange, David and Patten, J.T., Assessing and Targeting Illicit Funding in Conflict Ecosystems: Irregular Warfare Correlations, Small Wars Journal, https://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/journal/docs-temp/298-grange.pdf
Swanson, Scott. Asymmetrical Factors in Culture for SOF Conflicts: Gaining Understanding and Insights, Military Intelligence Professional Bulleting; Ft Huachuca Vol 32. Iss. 2 (Apr-Jun 2006), p. 29-33. Ft. Huachuca Military Intelligence Training Library. https://www.proquest.com/docview/1016232480
Swanson, Scott. Cyber Threat Indications & Warning: Predict, Identify and Counter, Small Wars Journal, Jul 26, 2012
Swanson, Scott. Know Your Enemy: Human Intelligence Key to SOF Missions, Special Warfare: The Professional Bulletin of the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, January, 2007 https://www.proquest.com/docview/199436147
Swanson, Scott. Improving Asymmetrical Insights with Cultural Understanding, FAOA Journal, a quarterly professional publication for Foreign Area Specialists, p. 13, http://www.faoa.org/resources/Documents/pub33.pdf
Swanson, Scott. Indications and Warning Post 9/11: Analyzing Enemy Intent, Military Intelligence PB 34-05-03, Volume 31 Number 3 (July-September 2005), p. 38. https://irp.fas.org/agency/army/mipb/2005_03.pdf
Swanson, Scott and Lieutenant General Boykin, William. Operationalizing Intelligence, Special Warfare: The Professional Bulletin of the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, January 2008. https://books.google.com/books?id=uVF0o8hEoi0C&pg=RA2-PA29&lpg=RA2-PA29&dq=scott+swanson+intelligence+irregular+warfare&source=bl&ots=YYDNPdE3se&sig=ACfU3U00P7gUsJNwXupLtOa87-yDTQDALg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjK--eG2abzAhXHsZ4KHW7IDFUQ6AF6BAgcEAI#v=onepage&q=scott%20swanson%20intelligence%20irregular%20warfare&f=false
Swanson, Scott, Red Team Improvements, Small Wars Journal, Oct 2012 Swanson, Scott. The Role of Fraud Examinations in Cybercrime, Fraud Magazine, Aug 1, 2015 Swanson, Scott. Terrorism and Third Party Combatants: Iran, Venezuela and Hezbollah. Terrorist Research and Analysis Consortium, Dec 1, 2011. Swanson, Scott. Viral Targeting of the IED Social Network System, Small Wars Journal, Jan 1, 2006
Referenced in other Published Works:
Military Anthropology: Soldiers, Scholars, and Subjects at the Margins of Empire, by Montgomery McFate, reference Scott Swanson for works in Military Intelligence. https://books.google.com/books?id=R19gDwAAQBAJ&pg=PT372&lpg=PT372&dq=scott+swanson+intelligence+irregular+warfare&source=bl&ots=yTzXgRFu7c&sig=ACfU3U3T0-II6lc0_Jq1keVD8Qvq1Br5ZA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjK--eG2abzAhXHsZ4KHW7IDFUQ6AF6BAgJEAI#v=onepage&q=scott%20swanson%20intelligence%20irregular%20warfare&f=false
Fighting Dark Networks: Using Social Network Analysis to Implement The Special Operations Targeting Process For Direct And Indirect Approaches Naval Post Graduate School, By Matthew D. Erlacher March 2013, reference Scott Swanson intelligence and IED research, numerous citations.
United States Special Operations Command and The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory National Security Analysis Department, Special Topics In Irregular Warfare: Understanding Resistance, G-3X, Sensitive Activities Division, Government Publication, reference J.T. Patten and Scott Swanson, https://www.soc.mil/ARIS/books/pdf/SpecialTopics.pdf
Connecting Vets.com, Ex-intel contractor pens short stories exploring Special Operation's most secretive unit https://www.audacy.com/connectingvets/news/intel-contractor-pens-story-on-americas-most-secretive-unit
NBC Network, House of Mystery Radio, Author and Intelligence Specialist J.T. Patten, https://player.fm/series/house-of-mystery-radio-on-nbc/jt-patten-shadow-masters-reloaded
Battleline Podcast with Kris “Tanto” Paronto and Ian Scotto, Episode 49, An Interview with Thriller Author, J.T. Patten. Sept 21, 2020 1:39:01 Battleline Podcast 049 - J.T. Patten, author and intelligence ... Lima Charlie Book Reviews: A SITREP with Author of the Task Force Orange Novels, J.T. Patten https://www.google.com/amp/s/limacharlieediting.com/2019/08/22/a-sitrep-with-author-of-the-task-force-orange-novels-j-t-patten/amp/
Connecting Vets.com, Special Operations vs. Quds Force: The Shadow War in Iraq that killed Soleimani, by Jack Murphy. Referenced as Iran Expert and author Scott Swanson (and pen name J.T. Patten). https://www.audacy.com/connectingvets/articles/news/the-shadow-war-between-jsoc-and-quds-force
The Protectors Podcast with Jason Piccolo, Season 2, Episode 27, “J.T. Patten Thriller Author who worked in overseas intelligence operations.” https://www.iheart.com/podcast/256-the-protectors-w-jason-pic-43072476/episode/season-2-jt-patten-67857658/
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