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About Susan

A Background in Intelligence.

A Flair for Storytelling.

As a child, I wanted to be Nancy Drew, or even better – a spy! Technically speaking, I never became either, but for much of my career, I worked in intelligence and analysis. In the early 1990s, I worked as a CIA analyst covering the Soviet Union. I researched and wrote a variety of analytical pieces, including several items for the “President’s Daily Brief” (back when presidents paid attention to these sorts of things). I also earned a commendation for the work I did during the failed 1991 Soviet coup.

After graduate school, I worked as a Professional Staff Member for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI). As a HPSCI staff member, I investigated allegations that the Clinton administration allowed Iran to funnel weapons to Bosnian Muslims. At the request of senior congressional leaders, I wrote several reports on the Intelligence Community’s capability to collect and analyze information on threats to U.S. national security. I also wrote a study on the intelligence requirements process and assisted in the structure and development of the Committee’s program, “IC21: The Intelligence Community in the 21st Century.”

Since my time on the Hill, I’ve worked as a government contractor and freelance researcher, analyzing issues such as terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. Most recently, I was named a 2015 National Review Institute Washington Fellow. In my spare time, I write fiction. I’ve completed the first two novels in my espionage thriller trilogy, and am working on the third.