Dr. David Grantham is a renowned national security expert who writes and speaks regularly on regional security, international conflict, and cybersecurity.

He has served as a counterintelligence operative in Iraq and has field experience in hotspots across the globe.
He is known for his work at Camp Bucca, Iraq, which is known as the birthplace of ISIS.

About "Consequences: An Intelligence Officer's War" By Dr. Grantham

We are still living in the long shadow of the Iraq War in 2020. But in 2006, David Grantham was fresh out of college and serving as a counterintelligence officer with the elite and secretive Air Force Office of Special Investigations. Iraq was veering toward civil war. The U.S. military desperately needed better on-the-ground intelligence to turn the tide. Grantham found himself in Kuwait and Afghanistan, then at Iraq’s infamous American prison, Camp Bucca. Not only was Bucca the breeding ground for the Islamic State, it was in southern Iraq, where America’s deadly fight with Iran was an open secret.

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Letter to the SEC: Reconsideration of Conflict Minerals Rule Implementation

“On behalf of the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA), I am submitting this statement regarding the reconsideration of the conflict minerals rule implementation…” Continue reading.

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Texas should challenge the movement to boycott Israel

BDS strategies will ultimately devastate the very people it purports to defend. Read more at the Texas Tribune. Read the longer study Why the Divest Movement Would Hurt More Than Israel.

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Three Reasons Why the United States Should Defund the U.N. Palestinian Refugee Program

Despite billions of dollars in aid over the past six decades, there has been little improvement in the lives of Palestinians under UNRWA’s care. To read the longer study, “Israel, the Palestinians, and the United Nations: Challenges for the New Administration,” click here.

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Why Are We Ignoring Jihadists in Latin America?

Trump must reverse course and team up with Latin American partners to fight this war. Failure here will pale in comparison to failures elsewhere. Read more at Read the longer study Terrorism in Latin America (Part One): The Infiltration of Islamic Extremists.

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Trump Admin Has Opportunity to Rebuild Military, Shrink Bloated Government

A 10 percent cut among general and flag officers and their staffs alone could save nearly $11.5 billion over 5 years. Read more at CNS News. The longer study can be found at Real Clear Defense.

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Antiquities and Conflict: Changing Military Strategy

Once treated as purely a criminal problem, the looting and sale of illicit antiquities has recently become matter of national security. Read more in the Norwich Review of International and Transnational Crime, pages 28-42. Other related writings by Dr. Grantham on Islamic extremists and the illicit sale of antiquities includes: Inside Sources: ISIS and the Antiquities Trade: Looting to…

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Letter to the House Armed Services Committee and Senate Armed Services Committee

“Letter to the House Armed Services Committee and Senate Armed Services Committee.” (looking for link)

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How Defense Dollars Are Wasted on Security Assistance

Congressional Research Service (CRS) concluded that “it remains unclear whether building the capacity of foreign security forces is an effective way to accomplish U.S. strategic objectives.” Read more at here. Also featured in the Small Wars Journal.

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Texas Grid and U.S. National Security

“Texas Grid and U.S. National Security” for the “Oversight of Federal Efforts to Address Electromagnetic Risks” Committee on Homeland Security Oversight and Management Efficiency Subcommittee, Infrastructure Protection United States House of Representatives.

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Shutting Down ISIS

“Shutting Down ISIS’ Antiquities Trade” for the “Preventing Cultural Genocide: Countering the Plunder and Sale of Priceless Cultural Antiquities by ISIS” Committee on Financial Services Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing United States House of Representatives.

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