Prior to becoming an author, "J.T. Patten" worked for the government intelligence and military special operations community in support of national defense and policy. He was a notable authority on Iran and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Qods Force, cyber Insider threat detection, transcontinental financial crime, and for Irregular and Unconventional Warfare strategies in counterterrorism, intelligence collection, and social network disruption.
So basically, he's a dork who worked with the cool guys, and bores the crap out of people at parties.
"Patten" 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 numerous expertise certifications in intelligence analysis, cyber forensics and counterintelligence, mobile device tracing, and financial crime investigations.
Clearly, he doesn't get out much either.
He was initially most known (in true name) for his initial classified works disrupting human factors and social networks to defeat Improvised Explosive Devices in Iraq and creating a model used across the Intelligence Community for Social Media monitoring and disruption. His contributions are sited across military studies and academia to include the Air Command and Staff College, USMC Command and Staff College, Naval Postgraduate College, Joint Special Operations University, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (SAMS and SOF Studies), U.S. Army Professional Writing Collection, U.S. Army Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin, and the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School ("SWCS").
This means no one knows him any longer and few people care about what he's doing now. Most probably never really liked him in the first place.
Similar to the Irregular Warfare, Intelligence, and Cyber/Surveillance aspects of his novels, he has experience and has written or collaborated (with a literal Who's Who in special activities and special mission units) in the following articles and white papers of Intelligence and Special Operations activities: Cyber Threat Indications & Warning: Predict, Identify, and Counter, Enhancing Red Team Performance: Driving Measurable Value and Quality Outcomes with Process Improvement, Operationalizing Intelligence with Lieutenant General William Boykin, Winning Damaged Hearts and Minds with Major General David L. Grange, Confronting Iran: Securing Iraq's Borders, an Irregular Warfare Concept with Major General David L. Grange, American Special Forces Sergeant Major and Central Intelligence Agency Paramilitary Operations Officer Billy Waugh, and former OSS officer and retired Major General John K. Singlaub, Viral Targeting of the IED Social Network System, Know Your Enemy: Human Intelligence Key to SOF Missions Special Warfare Magazine, and Third Party Combatants as a Tool of Terrorism.
Name dropper who carried their bags and an iced coffee latte while they covered him.
Aside from that mumbo jumbo, he lives in the western suburbs of Chicago battling weight from smoked meats and good beer.
He never brings a doggie bag home and would drink a beer with a tree. Offer him pie and he'll make you a friend for life. Pathetic.
In addition to writing, JT is an avid reader. Hit him up on Goodreads, too, and share something exciting that you're reading.
The fictional works of J.T. Patten do not constitute an official release of CIA, NSA, or DoD information. All statements of fact, opinion, or analysis expressed are those of the author and do not reflect the official positions or views of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) or any other U.S. Government agency. Nothing in the contents should be construed as asserting or implying U.S. Government authentication of information or CIA endorsement of the author’s views. All published material has been reviewed for classification.