Malcolm Nance is an American author and media commentator on terrorism, intelligence, and also a former senior United States Navy chief who specializes in naval cryptology. His career has taken him to the US Navy and the CIA, among other places. Read on to learn more about the media personality.
Malcolm Nance’s Bio
Malcolm Wrightson Nance, intelligence and foreign policy analyst was born in Philadelphia on September 20, 1961. He has American citizenship and belongs to the African-American ethnic group. Malcolm grew up in a military family, with his five brothers also serving in the Navy. His father is from Georgia and was a Master Chief Petty Officer who served in the Army during World Wars I and II, while his mother is from Charleston, South Carolina.
He completed his elementary education at West Catholic Boys High School in Philadelphia, where he studied Spanish, French, and Latin and took free lessons in Russian and Chinese, which were offered at South Philadelphia High School.
Malcolm graduated in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in art from New York’s Excelsior College. He is active in the field of national security policy, particularly in the areas of counter-terrorism intelligence, terrorist strategy, and tactics, torture and counter-ideology in the fight against Islamic extremism.
Malcolm Nance began his career in the field of civil intelligence by researching the history of the Soviet Union and the German Counterintelligence Service (KGB). At the age of 20, he joined the U.S. Navy, where he served for two decades and received several military awards. As a naval specialist in naval cryptology, Malcolm has been involved in numerous combat missions, counter-terrorism, and intelligence work. He has also been an instructor in peacetime survival, resistance and escape, evasion, and training both Marine and Marine Corps pilots and crews in how to survive as a prisoner of war.
After the 1983 bombing of Beirut Barracks, Malcolm participated in combat operations and served at USS-Wainwright during Operation Praying Mantis. He was also active onboard during the sinking of the Iranian rocket boat Joshan. Malcolm was also part of U.S. forces during the Gulf War and assisted during the airstrikes on Banja Luka and Bosnia.
In 2001, Malcolm retired from the Navy, where he founded the Special Readiness Service International (SRSI), and also served as a contractor for intelligence and security services in North Africa, the United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan, and Iraq. In addition, he was a visiting lecturer on counterterrorism at the Macquarie University of Wellington in Wellington, New Zealand from 2005-2007.
As an intelligence and foreign policy analyst, Malcolm’s research interests include the history and organization of jihad radicalization, al-Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), counterinsurgency, and asymmetric warfare.
In addition to his work in counterterrorism and intelligence, Malcolm is also an author and has published several books, including Hacking ISIS, The Plot to Hack America, Defeating ISIS, The Terrorist of Iraq, Terrorist Recognition Handbook, and An End to al-Qaeda. In 2007, he wrote an article entitled Waterboarding in Torture. An article that strongly influenced the Pentagon against the use of waterboarding. In 2018 Malcolm published The Conspiracy to Destroy Democracy: How Putin and Spies Undermine America and Destroy the West.
Malcolm Nance is also the founder and executive director of a New York-based think tank – the Terror Asymmetrics Project on Strategy, Tactics and Radical Ideologies (TAPSTRI)
Malcolm Nance’s income comes from his career as a staff member of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency. He is also the author of several books on terrorism and security policy. His net worth is under $1 million.
Is He Married? Family, Wife, Children
Malcolm is married to Maryse Beliveau-Nance, but details of his married life are not known. Maryse was born in Indiana, grew up in Montreal, and is of Canadian and French descent. In an interview, he said that his partner adopted three children born in 1990, 1991, and 1993 from Moscow and raised them as pre-school children, which he believes plays a crucial role in a child’s development.
On April 18, 2018, he announced in an article published in Philadelphia that his spouse was fighting stage 4 cancer. Malcolm also tweeted on April 28, 2018, revealing that his family had received more than 50 death threats, possibly from people who took issue with his political views.