Dr. Edward Mickolus wrote the first doctoral dissertation on international terrorism while earning a Ph.D. from Yale University. He then served in analytical, operational, management, and staff positions in the Central Intelligence Agency for 33 years, where he was CIA’s first full-time analyst on international terrorism; analyzed African political, economic, social, military, and leadership issues; wrote political-psychological assessments of world leaders; and managed collection, counterintelligence, and covert action programs against terrorists, drug traffickers, weapons proliferators, and hostile espionage services. Dr. Mickolus is the recipient of the CIA Career Intelligence Medal, Clandestine Service Medal, 3 Meritorious Unit Citations, Manager of the Year at CIA, Sherman Kent School Dean’s Award and many others.
He founded Vinyard Software, Inc., whose products include ITERATE (International Terrorism: Attributes of Terrorist Events) text and numeric datasets and DOTS (Data on Terrorist Suspects). Clients include 180 universities in 21 countries.
His publications include 33 books which include a series of multi-volume chronologies and biographies on international terrorism; studies of intelligence officer culture; 12 book chapters; 100 articles and reviews in refereed scholarly journals and newspapers and presentations to professional societies; and 14 humorous publications.
Following his Agency career, Dr. Mickolus served as a senior instructor for US Government contracting organizations, coaching hundreds of briefers at all levels. He also coached a national champion high school Model United Nations team. He has given thousands of briefings and public speaking presentations to audiences ranging from high schoolers to heads of state and has coached hundreds of US Government analysts in briefing techniques. He teaches Creativity Techniques at the University of North Florida’s OLLI program and is a newsreader to the blind at WJCT-FM/NPR. As a professional actor, Mickolus roleplays as a “standardized patient” for Jacksonville University’s Brooks Rehabilitation College Of Healthcare Sciences in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Nursing, and Speech-Language Pathology Departments and acts in dinner theater and local commercials.
He graduated from Georgetown University as an undergraduate.
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